Susie O'Neill resigns from IOC membership
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that Susie O'Neill, IOC member in Australia since 2000, handed in her resignation from the IOC membership and its Athletes' Commission. With regret, but understanding, the IOC accepted her resignation, acknowledging her desire to dedicate more time to her family.
Olympic champion in swimming at the Games of the Olympiad in Atlanta in 1996 and in Sydney in 2000, and World Champion in 1998, Susie O'Neill was elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission and co-opted as an IOC member in 2000. Since then, she played an active role in other commissions including the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing 2008.
Commenting on the resignation, IOC President Jacques Rogge said, "Susie is a role model for the Olympic Movement. I would like to thank her for her active and valuable contribution over the last four years during which she played an important role in representing the voice of athletes on the IOC. We wish her all the best for the future and hope that her busy family life will still allow her some time to keep close ties with the Olympic Movement".
Susie O'Neill said: "I continue to be very committed to the Olympic Movement and, at a future time, I hope to again be actively involved with Olympic responsibilities".