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Cian O’Connor Elected Athlete’s Jumping Representative Before FEI

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Cian O’Connor (IRL) has been voted to be the athletes’ representative for the discipline of showjumping before the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). The Irish equestrian joins representatives from each of the 6 other equestrian disciplines.

The Athletes’ Committee members, who have been elected for a period of four years, also serve on the Technical Committees for each discipline governed by the FEI. O’Connor takes over the role previously held by legendary rider Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA).

The newly elected Athletes’ Committee members, who took office last Monday are:

  • Jumping: Cian O’Connor (IRL)
  • Dressage: Beatriz Ferrer-Salat (ESP)
  • Eventing: William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
  • Para-Dressage: Angelika Trabert (GER)
  • Endurance: Tarek Taher (KSA)
  • Vaulting: Kristina Boe (GER)
  • Reining: Francesca Sternberg (GBR)

The Athletes’ Committee members, who have been elected for a period of four years, also serve on the Technical Committees for each discipline governed by the FEI.

A total of 52 athletes from 26 countries on five continents stood for election, which was conducted via a secure online voting platform, where the CVs of all athlete candidates were made available.

This was the second time in the FEI’s history that athlete elections have been held, marking a 100% increase in participation in numbers of candidates and a 160% increase in terms of nations compared to 2014.

“The athletes’ viewpoint is central to the global decision making process”, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “This is a committee made up of athletes and voted for by athletes. The calibre and experience of the newly elected Athletes Committee is impressive and will ensure that the global athletes’ community has its say and actively contributes to the development of equestrian sport. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Athletes’ Committee members for their tremendous work and support these past four years.”

Further information on the Athletes’ Committee and the elections is available click here.

Source: Press release from FEI – Fédération Equestre Internationale

Photo: © FEI Photos