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.
Adam has been representing athletes and their interests since 2003, firstly within his sport of Skeleton, then at the British Athletes Commission (where he was Vice Chair from 2007-2011), and subsequently on the IOC Athletes’ Commission and BOA Athletes Commission. He has other roles in sports administration including WADA Foundation Board member, Vice President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation and BOA Board member. A passion of Adam's is to ensure that athletes are thoroughly involved in decision-making within sport and that decisions should always have athletes and sport at their core.
Adam retired from competition in 2012, is a two-time Olympian and World and European Championships medallist.
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 ADA Blois Basket 41 in France and has spent previous seasons playing in Greece, Germany, Argentina and France.Outside of the basketball season Eric works for a sports and leadership academy.
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.
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.
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 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 name, won across just nine years. Katherine became a Dame in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to rowing and charity.
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.
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.
Rugby Sevens: Rio 2016
James helped Team GB to achieve a silver medal at the Rio Olympic 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.
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.
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.
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.
Skeleton: Sochi 2014
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. Having taken a year off from competition, Lizzy is back on the World Cup circuit preparing for PyeongChang 2018 where she hopes to be the first British Winter Olympian to retain their Olympic title.