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 the InterContinental Hotels Group as Brand Partnerships Manager, Europe.

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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 USA.

    With a bachelors degree in Global and International Studies, Eric works for a leadership and sports academy outside of the basketball season.

  • 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 after winning the World Junior Championships 100m after converting to the sport earlier that year. He has gone on to win medals at the Commonwealth Games as well as becoming European Champion. Adam is the only British man in history to have run sub 10 in the 100m and sub 20 in the 200m. In Rio aged 22 he was the captain of the Athletics team and hopes to push on for Olympic gold in Tokyo.

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    Katherine Grainger

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

  • Katherine is Britain’s most decorated female Olympian after winning a silver medal at Rio 2016. Katherine’s gold medal win 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 her name, won across just nine years. Katherine became a Dame in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to rowing and charity.

  • James Rodwell

    James Rodwell

    Rugby Sevens: Rio 2016

  • James helped Team GB to achieve a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games where Rugby Sevens 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. She faced a steep learning curve as despite showing raw talent, had no idea about the skills and tactics of cycling, let alone the fact the track bikes have no brakes!

    Joanna has now been part of the senior Great Britain Cycling Team for 10 years with her career highlights being 2 Olympic gold medals in the Women's Team Pursuit at London 2012 and Rio 2016. In addition, Joanna has also won 5 World titles, 4 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 Olympics and finished fourth in the 200m backstroke four years later in London. She's an 11 time British champion and currently holds the British short course records for the 100 and 200m backstroke.

  • Lizzy Yarnold

    Lizzy Yarnold

    Skeleton: Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018

  • Lizzy is the second athlete ever and the first British slider to hold 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 Olympic gold from Sochi 2014. Lizzy’s winning margin of 0.97 seconds at the Olympic Winter Games was the largest ever. Lizzy became the most successful ever British Winter Olympic athlete when she defended her skeleton title at PyeongChang 2018.