Two-time Olympian elected to volunteer position, replacing Tsawwassen’s Mark Pearson
A Delta Olympian has been replaced by another on the Athletes’ Commission of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Ladner rower Maxwell Lattimer is one of six COC members who will serve on the volunteer commission until the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
He is joined by re-elected Inaki Gomez (athletics), Rosie McLennan (gymnastics-trampoline) and Martha McCabe (swimming), as well as two other new members, Quinn (football) and Jacqueline Simoneau (artistic swimming).
The commission is completed by Rosalind Groenewoud (freestyle skiing), Philippe Marquis (freestyle skiing), Lucas Makowsky (speed skating), Jasmine Mian (wrestling), Joseph Polossifakis (fencing) and Diana Matheson (football).
The three outgoing members include Tsawwassen field hockey player and three-time Olympian Mark Pearson.
Lattimer, 28, represented Canada at the Rio 2016 Games and the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The Commission represents the voice of Canadian Olympic athletes on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Sport Canada, the International Olympic Committee, international sport federations and all other national sport organizations.
Members also present the perspective of Canadian athletes on athlete rights, political decision-making, sport system development, sport funding strategies and other issues affecting athlete interests.
“Athletes are at the center of everything we do at the COC. We are extremely fortunate to have such strong and committed athletic leadership on our Athletes’ Commission and represented at the Board of Directors table. We’re a better organization because of it, ”said Tricia Smith, four-time Olympian and COC President.
There are currently two non-voting members of the Commission who are invited to join because they represent the voice of athletes at the international level. They are Hayley Wickenheiser, member of the IOC Athletes ‘Commission, and Melissa Humana-Paredes, President of the Pan American Sports Organization Athletes’ Commission.