The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced that three-time Olympian and current Chair of the Athletes’ Commission, Ben Hawes, has been unanimously re-elected as Chair of said commission in London.
The former Team GB Hockey Captain will serve as Chair for a further two years and will continue to represent the 12-man BOA Athletes’ Commission in all interests pertaining to Team GB. The BOA AC comprises of both past and present athletes from team and individual summer and winter sports.
Speaking post-confirmation, Hawes said, “I am delighted to continue to represent British Olympic athletes. It’s an honour to work with such a talented and diverse Commission. It’s a crucial time to ensure the athletes voice is not just heard but is at the heart of the BOA as an organisation. I look forward to continuing to work with the BOA Board, Senior Leadership Team and Athletes’ Commission on the journey to Tokyo 2020.”
BOA Chairman Sir Hugh Robertson said: “Ben’s contribution as the Athlete representative on the BOA Board has been exemplary. He ensures that the athletes’ voice and interests of all Team GB competitors is represented at Board level and we are delighted to welcome him back for a further two years.”
BOA CEO Bill Sweeney said: “Ben has played a significant role in developing the profile of our Athletes’ Commission over the past four years and we are delighted that he will be continuing this role for a further two years.
“The Athletes’ Commission plays an extremely important role at the BOA and we look forward to working with Ben and the rest of Commission to ensure that we continue to do everything we can to support British athletes as they compare to compete on the world stage at Tokyo 2020 and beyond.”
Formed in 2010, the BOA Athletes’ Commision ensures that the voice of the athletes is considered strongly while making decisions. They meet every two months and Hawes will continue to act as the link between the athletes and the BOA board, of which he is a member.
Known for his tenacity on the field of play, Hawes was capped 99 times for Team GB and 128 times for England in a career that spanned three Summer Olympic Games. He started his Olympic journey in Athens in 2004 and moved on to become the captain of his side four years later in Beijing. His final Olympic outing was on home soil in London 2012.
Everyone in the Athlete365 team wishes Hawes the very best in his role.