The 46th Congress of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) saw a new Athletes’ Committee (AC) elected whilst some 250 delegates from all over the world gathered to discuss crucial governance matters.
A total of 10 active and retired hockey players will represent athletes’ interests to ensure athlete involvement in FIH decision-making.
Olympic medallists Mark Knowles (AUS), Rogier Hofman (NED), Janne Müller-Wieland (GER) and Carla Rebecchi (ARG) were all elected by fellow athletes as Regular Members, with goalie David Harte (IRL) and Chilean team captain Camila Caram (CHI) being elected as Liaison Members, who are required to be current players. They are joined on the AC by 2007 Panam Games Champion Scott Tupper (CAN), 2014 Asian Games Champion Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran (IND), Olympic Champion Kate Richardson-Walsh (ENG) and veteran Jacqueline Mwangi (KEN), who were all recommended nominations by the Executive Board to ensure both gender and geographic balance.
The AC members make recommendations to the FIH Executive Board, FIH Committees and other bodies. The AC’s responsibilities include seeking and providing feedback to the FIH on behalf of all athletes, whilst developing and promoting resources and initiatives to athletes, such as athlete welfare, anti-doping, career preparation and management. The athlete representatives also play a vital role in liaising with the IOC Athletes’ Commission as well as other sports organisations to further develop the game of hockey and keep athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement.
FIH’s Newly-Elected Athletes’ Committee:
- Mark Knowles (AUS)
- Rogier Hofman (NED)
- Janne Müller-Wieland (GER)
- Carla Rebecchi (ARG)
- David Harte (IRL)
- Camila Caram (CHI)
- Scott Tupper (CAN)
- Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran (IND)
- Kate Richardson-Walsh (ENG)
- Jacqueline Mwangi (KEN)