Tavistock's Heather Fell is elected to BOA Athletes' Commission
Devon's Olympic silver medal-winning modern pentathlete Heather Fell is one of six Olympians elected by their peers to serve on the British Olympic Association's Athletes' Commission.
Fell, who won silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, will serve a four-year term on the commission.
The BOA announced yesterday that Fell, from Tavistock, was elected alongside rowing's James Cracknell and Katherine Grainger, track and field athlete Christian Malcolm, diving's Leon Taylor and hockey player Kate Walsh.
There were 21 candidates contesting the six places on the commission – candidates must have competed at an Olympic or Olympic Winter Games since Sydney 2000.
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Fell, who is currently ranked tenth in modern pentathlon's world rankings and took a silver medal at last year's World Cup final, said: "I'm really excited to be on the Commission. It's an honour to be elected, but it's also a real responsibility and I hope I can represent people the way they would like me to."
Kate Allenby, a bronze medal-winning modern pentathlete at Sydney 2000, was elected to the Commission two years ago and has now stepped down.
The Commission, which was formed in July 2010, is an advisory group that represents the perspective and expertise of athletes and provides input to many initiatives and programmes offered by the BOA.
The creation of the Commission followed a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee to ensure that athletes possess a meaningful voice in the decision-making processes of National Olympic Committees.
To establish a staggered membership and continuity, the BOA Athletes' Commission voted in November 2012 for six of its 12 members to stay on the Commission for a further two years, to complete a four-year total term to December 2014.
Ben Hawes (hockey) Goldie Sayers (athletics) Henry Nwume, (bobsleigh) Jackie Lockhart (curling), Karen Pickering (swimming) and Sarah Gosling (sailing) were confirmed to stay on the Commission.
In addition, Olympic rowing bronze medallist and double World Champion Sarah Winckless was re-elected as Chair of the British Olympic Association Athletes' Commission in November.
International Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission Member Adam Pengilly, a skeleton athlete, is automatically a member of the BOA Athletes' Commission by virtue of his membership of the IOC.
Plymouth skeet shooter Rory Warlow, who competed at last year's Olympic Games in London, has been retained by British Shooting on its list of athletes to be awarded with a place on UK Sport's World-Class Performance Programme.
Peter Wilson, who hails from the Dorset town of Sherborne, is also on the list. He won a gold medal for Great Britain in the double trap event at London 2012. Trap shooter Edward Ling, from Wellington in Somerset, has also been named.