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Athletes’ Advisory Council


BY MARY WEEKS AAC REPRESENTATIVE


2014 Marks the Anniversary of the Athletes’ Advisory Committee & Athlete Panel


This year marked the


fi rst full year that the USA Shooting Athletes’ Adviso- ry Committee and Athlete Panel have been in place and working towards more athlete involvement in USA Shooting decision making. As you may recall, the Ath- letes’ Advisory Committee is an entity required by USAS bylaws and composed of the United States Olympic Com- mittee’s Athletes’ Advisory Council representative; the Rifl e, Pistol, and Shotgun discipline representatives to the USA Shooting Board of Directors; and each pri- mary representative’s alter- nates. The Athlete Panel is a group composed of repre- sentatives from the United States Army Marksmanship Unit, resident athletes at the Colorado Springs Olym- pic Training Center and elite and emerging elite rifl e, pis-


tol, shotgun, and Paralympic athletes. The primary goal of the USA Shooting Ath- letes’ Advisory Committee and the Athlete Panel is to increase athlete input into the decisions made by USA Shooting that affect athletes on a regular basis. In 2014, regular athlete


input into policies and pro- cedures became a reality. While the recommendations of athletes were not always followed, athlete input was considered by USAS staff and led to an increased dialogue that I believe has helped improve communi- cation and transparency between the organization and its athletes. Athletes collaborated with USAS staff in developing many of the policies and procedures that will help govern the sport through the 2016 Olympics; including the selection pro-


cedures for the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships, and Cham- pionship of the Americas. Athletes have also be-


come more interested in the governance of our sport. Several members of the Athlete Panel chose to become more involved and were elected as athlete rep- resentatives or alternates to the USA Shooting Board of Directors. Athlete represen- tatives also helped revamp the election procedures for athlete representatives to the USAS Board of Directors. The revised procedures will increase participation and help ensure that election results will remain confi den- tial. In addition, athlete rep- resentatives played a critical role in ensuring that USAS properly notifi ed its mem- bership of open at-large positions on the USA Shoot- ing Board of Directors in ac- cordance with USAS bylaws. By ensuring that notice re- quirements were met, your athlete representatives have given the athlete members of USA Shooting the ability to submit names for consid-


The Board of Directors and Athlete Representatives at the November 2014 Board meeting.


eration for election to the USAS Board. Some athletes have already taken advan- tage of this opportunity to further diversify and improve the USAS Board of Directors. Improving communica-


tion between the athletes and USAS is an ongoing and constantly evolving goal for the athlete representatives, and there is always room for growth. It is important to recognize that the athlete representatives serve as a voice for all USA Shooting athletes—not just athletes who participate at a particu- lar skill level, compete in a certain discipline, or repre- sent any single constituent group. In this regard, I hope all USA Shooting athletes feel as though they have a voice on the USAS Board and with USAS staff, and I am confi dent that the con- tinued active participation of our athletes will help us all reach our goals for 2015 and beyond.


Contact your discipline representatives:


Amber English (Shotgun): Amber.English@hotmail.com


Joe Hein (Rifl e): hein_joe@hotmail.com


Jason Turner (Pistol): shooter2004guy@yahoo.com


24 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2014


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