New members appointed to Athlete Commission

It has been announced today that the World Curling Federation (WCF) Athlete Commission has two new members, after the conclusion of its elections.

Canadian women’s Olympic gold medal winner and two-time world champion, Jill Officer and Czech Republic’s women’s skip, Anna Kubeskova have been elected to the commission.

The new members join, Kim Forge (Australia), Cathrine Lindahl (Sweden), Patrick McDonald (United States), David Murdoch (Scotland) and new committee skip Nolan Thiessen (Canada).

WCF President, Kate Caithness, said: “It is my pleasure to welcome the two new members, Anna Kubeskova and Jill Officer to the World Curling Federation Athlete Commission and to congratulate Nolan Thiessen on taking over the role of skip for the commission. I have no doubt that they will bring their invaluable experience and knowledge of the game to help the interests of our elite curlers across the globe.

“I would also like to thank our outgoing commission members, Ann Swisshelm and Kelly Scott, for their dedication to representing the interests of all curlers and their hard work in making the Athlete Commission such a success.”

Nolan Thiessen, new skip for the Athlete Commission, said: “First of all, we want to add our thanks to outgoing members Ann Swisshelm and Kelly Scott for their efforts over the past six years by being original members of the WCF Athlete Commission. All curling athletes thank them for representing the voice of the athlete community and growing this Commission to what it is today.

“We welcome aboard the two newest athlete-elected members of Anna Kubeskova and Jill Officer. Myself and the rest of the Commission are excited to work with them to continue to represent athlete interests and ensure that their voices continue to be heard.”

Anna Kubeskova: “I am very happy that I got the chance to be part of the Athletes Commission. I hope my experience not only from high-level curling but also from my job as a journalist will be of use here. I appreciate the trust of the athletes who elected me and I believe that I will represent them well.”

Jill Officer, said: “I am very excited about this opportunity and extremely honoured to have been chosen by my peers to represent them. I look forward to working with the rest of the commission and the World Curling Federation to grow our game for everyone.”

The Athlete Commission election was held over a two-week period and athletes who have competed in curling or wheelchair curling events at the Olympic or Paralympic Winter Games, the Men’s, Women’s, Mixed Doubles or Wheelchair Curling World Championships in the last eight years were eligible to vote.

The seven members of the Athlete Commission – which is an independent and consultative body that acts as the voice for elite curlers to the WCF Executive Board, Competitions and Rules Commission and the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission – share between them the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines and cover the WCF’s three geographical zones.

The Athlete Commission along with the WCF’s other Commissions – Governance, Competition and Rules, Finance, Facilities and Technical Assistance and Zonal – play an important role in the WCF’s implementation of policies and rules that ensure a level playing field in the sport.

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