Australia’s double Olympic medallist Jessica Fox and eight-time world champion Alexander Slafkovsky of Slovakia have become the latest members to be elected to the Athletes’ Committee of the International Canoe Federation (ICF).
Fox, the 2010 Youth Olympic Games K1 champion, who also won K1 silver and bronze at the Olympic Games London 2012 and Rio 2016 respectively, and Slafkovsky – who competes in the C1 discipline – were chosen by their fellow whitewater canoeists during the recent ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Pau, France.
They join the Russian Federation’s Yurii Postrigai and Hungary’s Krisztina Fazekas-Zur, who were elected following a ballot at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Račice (Czech Republic) in August.
Hayley Jo-Nixon, a canoe marathon paddler from South Africa, Claire O’Hara, a canoe freestyler from Great Britain, and para-canoeists Tim Lodge (Great Britain) and Amanda Reynolds (Australia) were appointed to the Committee by the ICF Executive Committee and Board earlier this year.
The eight-strong Committee will now elect a Chair, who will be the athletes’ representative on the ICF Executive Committee.
“We are tremendously fortunate in our sport to have so many athletes who are passionate not just about their own performances, but also their sport overall,” said ICF President José Perurena following the election of Fox and Slafkovsky.
“This was reflected in the enthusiasm for the election process to the Athletes’ Committee. We had excellent candidates, and a very strong response from athletes across the board.
“We are confident we have a very strong mix of athletes who have now been elected to help steer our sports into the future. I look forward to working with all of them as we strive to grow our culture and our participation levels.”
The ICF also conducted an athlete forum at both the sprint and slalom world championships, giving all athletes the chance to have their say on the direction of their sport, while also learning more about the ICF’s position on future challenges confronting both disciplines.
“Through the forums and the Committee elections we have continued the strong relationship between the athletes and the officials, and we will continue to strengthen that bond into the future,” said Perurena.
“I would like to thank everyone who took part in both processes, congratulate the successful athlete candidates, and also say a very big thank you to those athletes who were not successful.
“They have contributed to what was a very robust democratic process; one that bodes well for the future of all our canoeing disciplines.”