On Thursday, it was announced that Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) President Tricia Smith has been appointed to the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission. She will serve alongside five-time Olympic medallist, Hayley Wickenheiser; three-time Paralympic medallist, Todd Nicholson; IOC Member, Richard Pound; two-time Olympian, Sylvia Sweeney; Canadian sports official, Adham Sharara; COC Board Member, Walter Sieber; business leader, Ann Duffy; and Innsbruck 1976 silver medallist, Cathy Priestner, who continue as a members of key IOC Commissions.
Pound will continue to fulfil roles under four pillars, including the Olympic Channel Board of Directors, Legal Affairs, Marketing and the Olympic Broadcasting Services Board of Directors. Priestner continues on the Olympic Programme Commission while Sweeney is renewed on the Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission. Nicholson will continue on the Athletes’ Commission and Coordination, while Sharara will sit on the Coordination Commission for the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires 2018. Sieber continues his work on the Olympic Programme Commission while Duffy will sit on the Sustainability and Legacy Commission. Wickenheiser will continue as an Athletes elected member of the Athletes’ Commission.
COC President Tricia Smith, a lawyer and businesswoman based in Vancouver, has had a successful and multifaceted career in sport. A four-time Olympian in rowing, Smith captured a silver medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. She has also won seven world championship medals as well as a gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
“I am honoured and excited to have been appointed to the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission and congratulate the reappointment of my fellow Canadians, Richard, Ann, Walter, Adham, Todd, Sylvia and Cathy and of course the on-going role of Hayley on the Athletes’ Commission. The reappointments underscore the excellent work they have already done and the high regard with which they and other Canadians are held in the international sport community. It is a great team to be a part of and an opportunity to directly contribute to deliberations and decisions affecting our athletes and the greater Olympic and sport community.”
Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
“I sincerely congratulate my colleague Tricia Smith on her appointment to the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission. This membership is extremely pleasing as it both redresses the gender inequality, and is based on merit and qualification. I am looking forward to working closely with President Smith towards the protection of the clean athletes.”
Dr. Ugur Erdener, IOC Medical and Scientific Commission Chair
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