BOA Athletes Commission

British Olympic Association (BOA) Athletes’ Commission


Current BOA AC Members



The British Olympic Association (BOA) Athletes’ Commission is a Committee of the BOA Board created to bring the perspective and expertise of athletes to the many initiatives and programmes operated by the BOA. The Commission ensures that the athletes’ voice is at the heart of everything the BOA does.  It was formed in 2010 and meets every 2 months. As Chair Ben Hawes is responsible for feeding the views of the Commission back to the BOA Board, of which he is a member.


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    Ben Hawes, Chair

    Hockey: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012

  • A three-time Olympian and former Team GB field hockey captain, Ben first competed for Team GB at Athens 2004 before captaining the side four years later in Beijing. His final Olympic outing was at London 2012 before retiring in 2013 with 99 GB caps to his name, in addition to 128 caps for England.

    Ben works at InterContinental Hotels Group as Director of Loyalty and Partnerships, EMEAA.

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    Eric Boateng

    Basketball: London 2012

  • Eric has been a part of the GB Basketball programme ever since its inception in 2006 and has been to three European Championships (Lithuania 2011, Slovenia 2013 and Turkey 2017). In between, Eric was a member of the Team GB men’s basketball squad at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    He currently plays club basketball for Saint Vallier Basket Drome in France and has spent previous seasons playing in Greece, Germany, Argentina and the USA.

    He currently plays club basketball for Saint Vallier Basket Drome in France and has spent previous seasons playing in Greece, Germany, Argentina and USA.

    With a bachelors degree in Global and International Studies, Eric has an interest in leadership and achievement.

  • Aimee Fuller 

    Aimee Fuller

    Snowboarding: Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018

  • Aimee made her mark on the international circuit in 2012, becoming the first women to Land a double in the prestigious X Games. She then went on to win the World Snowboard Tour Pleasure Jam event. 2017 saw Aimee's most competitive season on the World Cup circuit pre-Olympics finishing third in the overall FIS World Cup BIG Air super series tour. Known for her flare, big tricks and exciting riding, a friendly face on tour and within Team GB, a lover of all sports.

    Aimee has competed at two Olympic Winter Games, Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018.

  • Adam Gemili

    Adam Gemili

    Athletics: London 2012, Rio 2016

  • Former footballer turned sprinter, Adam is a two-time Olympian who first made his name in 2012, winning the World Junior Championships 100m after converting to the sport earlier that year.

    Adam has gone on to win medals at the Commonwealth Games as well as becoming European Champion. He is the only British man in history to have run sub 10 in the 100m and sub 20 in the 200m.

    At Rio 2016, aged 22, Adam was the captain of the athletics team and hopes to push on for Olympic gold in Tokyo.

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    Dame Katherine Grainger

    Rowing: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

  • Katherine became Britain’s most decorated female Olympian after winning a silver medal at Rio 2016. Katherine’s gold medal at London 2012, alongside Anna Watkins in the double sculls, followed three successive silver medals since Sydney 2000.

    In addition, Katherine has six World Championship titles to name, won across nine years.

    Katherine became a Dame in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to rowing and charity and was appointed as Chair of UK Sport in April 2017.

  • James Rodwell

    James Rodwell

    Rugby Sevens: Rio 2016

  • James helped Team GB to achieve a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games where Rugby 7's made its Olympic debut.

    James is the most capped England 7's player of all time and also holds the record for the most consecutive World Sevens Series tournaments which stands at 69.

  • Joanna Rowsell-Shand

    Joanna Rowsell-Shand

    Cycling: London 2012, Rio 2016

  • Joanna began competitive cycling aged 16 having been talent spotted by British Cycling. Joanna has now been part of the senior Great Britain Cycling Team for 10 years with her career highlights being two Olympic gold medals in the women's team pursuit at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

    In addition, Joanna has also won five World titles, four European titles and a Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow 2014 as well as being World Record holder. Joanna suffers with alopecia which results in hair loss but has been keen not to let this hold her back while pursuing her goals. She is an ambassador for the charity Alopecia UK and is keen to spread awareness of the condition and encourage more people with body confidence issues to get in to sport.

  • Lizzie Simmonds

    Lizzie Simmonds

    Swimming: Beijing 2008, London 2012

  • Lizzie is a double European Champion, Commonwealth and World Championship medallist. She represented Team GB aged 17 at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and finished fourth in the 200m backstroke four years later in London. Lizzie is an 11 time British champion and currently holds the British short course records for the 100 and 200m backstroke.

  • Callum Skinner 

    Callum Skinner

    Cycling: Rio 2016

  • Callum joined the British Cycling Senior Academy in 2010 and went on to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, winning a gold medal in the team sprint and then adding a silver in the individual sprint.

    Winner of four titles at the 2014 British Cycling National Track Championships, Callum’s honours include two team sprint gold medals at UCI Track Cycling World Cup events and a gold at the UEC European Track Championships.

    Callum currently sits on the British Cycling Rider Commission and the UK Anti-Doping Athlete Committee.

  • Liam Tancock 

    Liam Tancock

    Swimming: Beijing 2008, London 2012

  • Liam represented Great Britain for 15 years and was one of the most highly decorated, experienced members of the British Swimming team. He is a three times World Champion, multiple World Record holder, nine times World medallist, four times Commonwealth Games Champion and Team Europe athlete. Liam competed at two Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012.

    Liam was the first British Swimmer in 36 years to successfully defend a world title. First winning the 50m Backstroke in 2009 and retaining it in 2011. He has also won the most ever individual World Championship medals by any British swimmer in the history of the sport.

  • Kristian Thomas 

    Kristian Thomas

    Artistic Gymnastics: London 2012, Rio 2016

  • In 2017 Kristian retired from international gymnastics, bringing to an end a career that resulted in him winning multiple medals at Commonwealth, European and World Championships.

    Kristian competed at two Olympic Games winning a historic bronze medal in London 2012, and captained the men’s team in Rio 2016. Since retiring, Kristian has become only the second person to be inducted into the British Gymnastics Hall of Fame, and now leads the recreation programme at Park Wrekin Gymnastics Club alongside studying BSc Strength and Conditioning at the University of Wolverhampton.

    Additionally, Kristian is an athlete ambassador for British Gymnastics, and a charity ambassador for the British Gymnastics Foundation.

  • Georgie Twigg 

    Georgie Twigg

    Hockey: London 2012, Rio 2016

  • A double Olympic medallist, Georgie was the youngest member of the Team GB women's hockey side who won bronze at London 2012 and went on to win gold at Rio 2016. In addition, Georgie also has a World Cup bronze medal, two Commonwealth Games medals and three European medals (including gold in 2015).

    Retiring from international hockey with 156 GB and England caps to her name and having studied whilst training full time, Georgie is now a qualified solicitor at international law firm, Bird & Bird LLP

  • Lizzie Yarnold 

    Lizzy Yarnold

    Skeleton: Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018

  • Lizzy became the most successful ever British Winter Olympian when she defended her skeleton title at PyeongChang 2018.

    Having held the Grand Slam of skeleton titles at the same time: winning the World and European Championships in 2015, to add to her overall World Cup title and her first Olympic gold medal in Sochi 2014, she became the second athlete ever and the first British slider to do so. Lizzy’s winning margin of 0.97 seconds at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014 was the largest ever in the sport.