LEN to Establish Athlete Commission

The LEN (League of European Aquatics) Bureau met on Saturday October 15th in Ostia, Italy at the Italian Swimming Federation Aquatic Center. A number of topics were discussed and decided upon, including the decision to establish an Athlete Commission.

Both FINA and WADA have organizations similar to an Athlete Commission. WADA‘s Athlete Committee was established to “represent the views and rights of athletes worldwide, while providing insight and oversight into athletes’ roles and responsibilities as it relates to anti-doping.” Similarly, the responsibilities of FINA‘s Athletes Committee are to provide input on athletes’ experience of FINA World Championships, and to be in contact with participating athletes and bring forward their suggestions.

It was also decided that Romanian Olympic Gold Medalist Camelia-Aline Potec will be invited to lead on the project of establishing an Athlete Commission. As a member of FINA‘s Athletes Committee, she will bring insight and experience to the project.

Other topics discussed and decided upon included:

  • The decision  to hold the next LEN Congress on Saturday May 13th 2017 in Marseille, France. It will be hosted by the French Federation.
  • The Bureau allocated a budget of € 200.000 for 2017 in favor of the smaller European Federations (LEN Development Program). This money is to provide funding for them to undertake training camps, coach’s education programs and attend specific events.
  • Establish a High Diving Working Group.
  • The process to seek a host city for the 2022 European Championships was halted. The LEN is working closely with European Athletics on this project as 2022 will be a multi-sport European Championships, ideally held in one single location.

The Water Polo Calendar Meeting was also held on Tuesday afternoon, where 18 countries participated.  The development of both Junior and Beach Water Polo was discussed.

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Rachel Harvill

Rachel has been swimming ever since she can remember. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she learned to love swimming with the Walnut Creek Aquabears. She took her passion for swimming to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where she primarily competes in sprint freestyle events. In addition …

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