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KAREN O'CONNOR STANDING FOR ELECTION AS FEI ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE

 

FINAL VOTING CLOSES MIDNIGHT CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME (6PM EASTERN)

 

The Plains, Virginia, USA. July 16, 2014

 

Mutli-Olympian Karen O'Connor is standing for election to the F�d�ration Equestre Internationale (FEI) as the Eventing Athlete Representative.  O'Connor was elected to the second and final voting phase, which closes on July 16th midnight Central European Time (6pm EDT). This is the first time in the history of the FEI that the athletes themselves have the opportunity to vote for their FEI Athlete Representatives.

 

The election is taking place via a secure online voting platform at this link on the FEI website: https://www.fei.webvote.fr/ns/index_timeout.jsp.

 

"I am very excited about the initiative taken by the FEI in an attempt to have a more comprehensive global voice by the athletes. I look forward to working closely with all FEI Groups and bringing forward the unified athletes wishes to the technical committee.  I'm committed to being the voice of all riders worldwide and representing the issues being addressed on their behalf," said O'Connor.

 

O'Connor has extensive experience on governing bodies within the US; principally the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and United States Eventing Association (USEA) that would be invaluable to her as an FEI Athlete Representative. (See below for full list).

 

"My seated positions in governance have given me an extraordinary opportunity to understand the workings of a large organization from the smallest of the standing committees to the executive level. As a professional athlete, I believe I have a clear understanding of the athlete's needs, while at the same time I am well aware how to work within the parameters of a large multi-disciplined organization," added O'Connor.

 

According to the FEI, the athletes are expected to play a key role in the governance of equestrian sport, acting as a voice for all athletes and actively shaping the FEI's global development since the successful candidates will become important ambassadors for equestrian sport.

 

 

FEI registered athletes, aged 18 years and over, and who are included on their respective Ranking Lists from 31 December 2013, are eligible to vote for their Athlete Representative.

 

The appointed FEI Athlete Representatives in each discipline will also form the FEI Athletes' Committee when the FEI's Technical Committees require feedback and proactive input on areas relevant to all FEI athletes.

 

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Notes for Editors

 

Career Highlights

 

O'Connor has represented the US in five Olympic Games, four World Equestrian Games, two World Championships, two Pan American Games and numerous three and four star events worldwide:

 

Olympic Games:

1988 Seoul

1996 Atlanta 

2000 Sydney

2008 Beijing

2010 London

World Equestrian Games:

1994 The Hague

1998 Rome

2006 Aachen

2010 Kentucky

Pan American Games:

2003 Santo Domingo

2007 Rio de Janiero

 

Roles in Equestrian Sport Governance:

 

United States Olympic Committee:

Equestrian Athlete Representative for Athletes Committee

 

United States Equestrian Federation:

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Safety Committee

Drugs & Medication Committee

Planning Committee

Youth Sports

FEI Affiliates Committee

FEI High Performance Committee

Ethics Committee

 

United States Eventing Committee:

Board of Governors

Active Athlete Committee Chair

Instructor Certification Program

Eventing Committee

Nominating Committee

National Chairperson, Instructor Certification Program (2005-present)

ICP Level IV Instructor Certification 

 


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