Athletes Commission

Mission Statement

To represent the views and interests of athletes and to empower athletes through information and the facilitation of communication.

Role

The role and objectives of the AFF Athletes’ Commission are to:

  • Act as a link between the athletes and the AFF.
  • Represent the views and interests of athletes and participate in AFF Board consultation and decision-making.
  • Establish open lines of communication with athletes to:
    • discuss and obtain feedback on issues concerning athletes;
    • identify issues that need to be addressed by the AFF Athletes’ Commission; and
    • communicate AFF issues of relevance to athletes.
  • Consider questions and issues relating to athletes and provide advice to the AFF Board. In this context the AFF Athletes’ Commission may provide the AFF Board the following on all matters within its scope:
    • offer or give advice;
    • offer or give counsel;
    • offer an opinion;
    • make a recommendation;
    • consult; or
    • give information or notice.
  • Promote respect of the rights of the athletes.
  • Undertake special projects that are relevant to the AFF Athletes’ Commission and these TOR.

Constitution

The AFF Athletes’ Commission is constituted under clause 19 of the AFF Constitution. The AFF Athletes’ Commission is a “Committee” as defined in clause 1.1 of the AFF Constitution.

Composition

The AFF Athletes’ Commission will comprise three eligible persons, to be elected by all athletes present at the National Open Championships. The male and female with the highest number of votes are each elected and then the candidate with the next highest number of votes (male or female) fills the third place.

Eligibility

To be eligible for election to the AFF Athletes’ Commission a person must:
• be at least 18 years of age;
• be a registered fencer with a State Fencing Association;
• not have been sanctioned for a doping offence in their sporting career;
• be available to attend (either in person or by phone or Skype) a minimum of three meetings per year.

To be eligible to sit on the AFF Athletes’ Commission a person must:
• be at least 18 years of age;
• be a registered fencer with a State Fencing Association or fencer who has been a registered fencer with a State Fencing Association within the last 2 years;
• not have been sanctioned for a doping offence in their sporting career;
• be available to attend (either in person or by phone or Skype) a minimum of three meetings per year.

Term and vacancies

Subject to the eligibility requirement above, the term of office for AFF Athletes’ Commission members will be four (4) years, commencing the day after their election.

Any vacancy occurring in respect of members may be filled at any time at the discretion of the AFF Board, provided that such vacancy must be filled with an individual who would have been eligible to be nominated for election for such position at the last applicable AFF Athletes’ Commission election.

Representation

The AFF Athletes’ Commission is represented on the AFF Board by one member, the Athletes’ Director, appointed pursuant to the AFF Constitution.

Members