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.
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.
Adam Pengilly, IOC Athletes’ Commission
Skeleton Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010
World Champs 2009 - silver, European Champs 2007 - bronze, World Student Games 2005 - silver.
Before retiring, Adam was a 2009 World Championships silver medallist and a 2007 European bronze medallist. He has now been involved in athletes’ representation since 2003 both nationally and internationally.
More recently some of Adam’s work has developed into wider sports administration roles that currently include IOC Member, WADA Foundation Board member and FIBT Vice President (International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation). Professionally, Adam works for himself as a Sports Consultant and also as the Academy Director for the International Sports Relations Foundation.
Basketball: London 2012
Eric has been a part of the GB Basketball programme ever since its inception in 2006 and has been to two European Championships (Lithuania 2011 and Slovenia 2013). 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 Mulhouse Basketball (FCM Basket) in France and has spent previous seasons playing in Greece, Germany, Argentina and France.
Rowing: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
James finished his Olympic career on a high, winning gold at Athens 2004, which added to his gold from Sydney 2000 and six separate World Championships titles. Since then James has entered the 3,000mile Atlantic Rowing Race and the Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race before suffering a near fatal injury when travelling across America in 2010. Despite a difficult recovery period, James went on to finish second in the Yukon Arctic Ultra, a 430-mile race across the frozen Alaskan countryside.
James is Vice President of the Charity ‘Headway’ and has been appointed to lead Policy Exchange's work on obesity and physical activity.
Short Track Speed Skating: Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010, Athens 2014
Jon is still a member of the Great Britain Short Track Team and a three-time Olympian. His career highlights include two World Championship medals as well as World Cup and European Championship gold medals.
In 2011 Jon was a member of the relay team which broke the world record and was named as Team GB’s Opening Ceremony Flagbearer for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Modern Pentathlon, 2008
Heather took individual silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games before ending the year as world number one, the pinnacle of her impressive modern pentathlon career.
In addition to Olympic silver, Heather was also crowned Junior World Champion and won medals at World Cups as well as World and European Championships. Having retired from Modern Pentathlon in January 2014 Heather is now pursuing a career in journalism. Alongside this she is working as an athlete mentor for the Youth Sport Trust and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.
Sailing: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Sarah and her team dominated the Yngling class for a number a years, winning two World and one European Championships between 2007 and 2008. Either side, Sarah was a double Olympic gold medallist before retiring from competitive sailing after Beijing 2008.
Since then, Sarah had studied a Sports Science Masters, started an internet tech company and, amongst other things, led Team GB as Chef de Mission at two European Youth Olympic Festivals. Sarah is a trained Pastry Chef as has worked in a number of Michelin starred Restaurants and Private Households.
Rowing: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016
Katherine’s gold medal win at London 2012 alongside Anna Watkins in the double sculls – her fourth Olympic Games – followed three successive silver medals since Sydney 2000.Katherine added to her three silver medals with a silver in Rio 2016.
In addition, Katherine has six World Championship titles to name, won across just nine years. With all of this success behind her, Katherine now has her sights very much set on Rio 2016 and was back in the boat in 2014 as she bids to compete at a fourth Olympic Games.
Curling: Sochi 2014
Claire is an Olympic bronze medallist after enjoying success as part of Eve Muirhead’s rink at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Before Sochi, Claire was part of Team Muirhead who took gold at the 2013 World Championships in Riga and also has three European Championship medals to her name, including gold in 2011.
Athletics: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012
A four-time Olympian sprint specialist, Christian first made his name in 1998 after being named World Junior Athlete of the Year and winning double gold at the World Juniors and silver at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. During his career, Christian won two World bronze medals and a 200m European silver.
Hockey: Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016
Having represented her country at four Olympic Games and over 300 times, Kate continues to play hockey for England and Great Britain. Kate names her greatest achievements as winning a World Cup bronze with England in 2010 and an Olympic bronze medal in 2012 and Olympic gold in Rio 2016.
Badminton: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Nathan enjoyed a highly successful badminton career, culminating in an Olympic silver medal at Athens 2004 when competing with mixed doubles partner Gail Emms. The pair were a formidable force in the sport at reached the world number one ranking on 2005. Nathan also won a World Championship gold medal and eight Commonwealth Games medals between 1998 and 2006.
Nathan retired in 2012 and is now an ambassador for the National Badminton League.
Diving: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
By winning silver at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Leon – along with syncro partner Pete Waterfield – won Team GB’s first Olympic diving medal in 44 years. Leon is a three-time Olympian and specialised in the men’s 10m platform event before retiring in 2008.
Since then Leon has been an integral part of BBC Sport’s commentary team, a much sought after speaker and conference host, a mentor to young athletes and a judge on ITV's Saturday night show Splash!
Athletics: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012
Goldie is a three-time Olympian and British record holder in javelin as well as a World, European and Commonwealth Games finalist. She’s an 11-time British Champion and former British Athletics team captain.