Steve Hooker elected Olympic Athletes Commission Chair

Olympic pole vault gold medalist Steve Hooker has been named as Chair of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission.

The 34-year-old was chosen by his fellow Athletes’ Commission members with Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Kim Brennan appointed his deputy.

“It’s an honour to have been selected as the Chair,” Hooker said.


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“This is a group of passionate athletes that I’m proud to be a part of and I know we’re all motivated to achieve a lot over the next term.”

Hooker was first elected to the Commission following the London 2012 Games and believes the group of athletes are crucial in providing a voice for Olympic athletes past and present.

“We’ve achieved some great things over the past four years and I think the fact we have a number of athletes returning to the Commission will be great for continuity.

“This will help us with the implementation of those tasks already in the works, such as an athlete-career transition program that will be run by the AOC, while we are also keen to shift our focus to other areas of improvement as well.”

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates praised the Commission’s selection.

“I was very pleased to receive the news of Steve’s appointment by his colleagues,” Coates said.

“His profile as an Olympic gold medallist is great for both the Commission and the AOC Executive of which he now becomes a full voting member of. I’m confident in his leadership skills and that he will make a key contribution in all of the activities of the AOC.

“I also acknowledge the outstanding contribution of outgoing Chair Kim Brennan who now as Deputy Chair will have the opportunity to provide assistance to Steve as he transitions into the role.”

Hooker made history after winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a vault of 5.96 metres, setting a new Olympic record and making him the first Australian male to win a track and field gold in 40 years.

After winning World Championship gold in 2009, he defended his 2006 Commonwealth Games title in 2010 before making his final Olympic appearance at the London 2012 Games.

The AOC Athletes’ Commission:

Chair: Steve Hooker (Athletics)
Deputy Chair: Kim Brennan (Rowing)

Alana Boyd (Athletics)
Ramone Cooper (Freestyle Skiing)
Cate Campbell (Swimming)
Jamie Dwyer (Hockey)
Jessica Fox (Canoe/Kayak)
Lydia Lassila (Freestyle Skiing)
James Tomkins (Rowing)
Ken Wallace (Canoe/Kayak)
Shelley Watts (Boxing)

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