Karen O’Connor has made it to the final round of selection to be the newest FEI Athlete Representative for the sport of eventing. The final two applicants, Karen and Great Britain’s Daisy Berkley, will be put to a final vote. This year marks the first that athletes are able to vote for their representatives within the FEI.
The FEI Athlete Representative acts as a voice for athletes within each discipline and plays a vital role in shaping the future of each individual sport, as well as the FEI as a whole. Opening up the election to an athlete vote is a great way to ensure that the athletes are represented by someone who they feel can properly work for them.
Originally, three applicants were in the pool for eventing, but Russia’s Igor Atrokhov did not receive enough votes in the preliminary voting round and did not move on to the final round. Now, registered FEI athletes who are at least 18 years old and are on their national rankings list will be able to vote between Daisy and Karen for the Athlete Representative position.
On her submitted CV, Karen O’Connor listed her accomplishments as a U.S. team member, which was a requirement for application. She also talked about her experience on governing bodies within the sport and how these positions would be beneficial to her as an Athlete Representative. “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.”
The final round of voting is now open until July 16, so if you qualify as a voter head over to the FEI website to cast your vote. Curriculum Vitae are available for each applicant if you would like to see more information on each.
In order to vote, you must meet the following qualifications:
- an FEI registered Athlete
- aged 18 years and over
- be included in your respective ranking list as of 31st December 2013, or be on the list of potential candidates.