Helen Brownlee, AM, amongst Seven Australians Appointed to IOC Commissions

Paddle Australia congratulates Helen Brownlee, AM, on her recent appointment to the IOC Education Commission. 

In a media release on Thursday (9 August 2018) Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates AC welcomed the inclusion of seven Australians on International Olympic Committee (IOC) Commissions announced the night before. 

Australians will be represented on seven of the 26 IOC Commissions which provide advice to the IOC Executive across a range of portfolios.

Mr Coates said the inclusion of four Australian Olympians is particularly gratifying.

“These Commissions do vital work for the Olympic movement and it’s important that the broad skills   and experience of Olympians informs the advice coming to the Executive. 

“As IOC President Thomas Bach has noted, in addition to providing assistance to the IOC and Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, the Commissions assist in many other activities that are so important for the role sport can play in our world.

“Mr Bach pointed to topics such as “Sport for All”, cooperation with public and private organisations to enable sport to service humanity, the fight against doping, sports ethics, environmental issues and financial and educational support for developing countries. The list goes on.”

The Australians appointed to IOC Commissions are:

John Coates AC: Chair, Legal Affairs Commission, Tokyo 2020 Games Coordination Commission

Helen Brownlee AM: Olympic Education Commission

James Tomkins OAM: Athletes’ Commission, Olympic Programme Commission, Marketing Commission

Kitty Chiller: Athletes’ Entourage Commission

Catherine Freeman OAM: Sport and Active Society Commission

Mark Woodforde OAM: Communications Commission

Helen Brownlee, who is vice-president of the Australian Olympic Committee, is a life member of Paddle Australia and was an inaugural inductee into Paddle Australia’s Hall of Fame in November last year.  She was inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Find out more about Helen Brownlee: http://paddle.org.au/about-us/hall-of-fame/helen-brownlee-oam/