Bringing the athlete voice to the top table

Having recently been elected as Chair of the Liechtenstein Athletes’ Commission (AC), Michael Lampert is looking to put athletes at the centre of his country’s sporting future.

  • As Chair of the Liechtenstein AC, Michael Lampert wants more input from athletes to guide the future of sport in his country.
  • The kickboxer sees the knowledge and experience of current and retired athletes as essential to the work of the Commission.
  • Your NOC’s athletes’ commission can now apply to Olympic Solidarity for an annual grant worth up to USD 10,000.

When I first heard about the Liechtenstein AC, I really wanted to be a part of it and to give something back to sport in the country. I’ve been an active athlete for many years now, and I had the privilege to get a lot of support from the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and Liechtenstein itself, which is why I’m proud to be part of the AC and happy to work with such a great team.

Athlete-first approach

Our team consists of active and retired athletes, who have broad experience in Olympic and non-Olympic sports careers. We aim to pass this experience on to our younger athletes, to help them on their own way to the top.

Athletes are the most important part of sport and should receive the best possible support. To achieve that, we need to use the experience and knowledge of our team. The better our processes are adapted to athletes’ needs, the greater the chance to allow athletes to fulfil their potential.

We have to build strong networks with all of our athletes to know what their needs are. As the AC, we can then pass that information on to the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee, to work together to create solutions.

Represented at the decision-making table

First of all, as athletes, we want to be heard and play an active role in the important decisions for the future of sport. For example, when new infrastructure is created within top-level sport in the country, athletes should bring in their requirements and knowledge, to make the process work for them.

To be able to do that, we have to build strong networks with all of our athletes to know what their needs are. As the AC, we can then pass that information on to the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee, to work together to create solutions.

The first steps

Once we had set our strategy and goals at a workshop, we immediately started our work. To begin with, our focus is on career transition for athletes from Liechtenstein, and we have already arranged an initial meeting with the NOC to speak about this further.

There’s a lot of useful information from the IOC and Athlete365 for setting up an athletes’ commission. That helped us a lot in defining our goals and strategy, with great inspiration coming from examining the work of already-established commissions.

NOC athletes’ commissions can now apply to Olympic Solidarity for an annual grant worth up to USD 10,000, which could fund the organisation of an election and a workshop like the one held in Liechtenstein. To find out more about this fantastic opportunity, click here.