Kristen Kit (CAN) will be a voice for athletes worldwide on anti-doping topics, after her recent election to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) newly formed Athlete Council.
WADA is in the process of electing members to their new Athlete Council. Broken down into three groups, the first and second group have just been elected. Of 34 candidates within the second group, eight were elected. This includes Canadian coxswain and Olympic Gold Medallist Kristen Kit.
The only rower to have won a medal at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Kristen is working towards competing at her fourth games in Paris in 2024.
“As an optimist, I choose to believe in our shared curiosity as athletes as we aim to see where the best version of ourselves on competition day stacks up against the rest of the world. The caveat being the necessity for an equal and equitable arena defined by the rules of play. The best version of our aspirations should be supported, which is why I would like to passionately add my voice to the WADA Athlete Council in support of education (both preventative and how dangerous doping can be) and the upholding of clean sport principles.”
The new Athlete Council will represent, support and promote the voices of athletes on anti-doping matters; and will be the avenue for athletes, chosen by athletes, to assume important seats within WADA’s governing bodies. Specifically:
- the Council Chair will be appointed to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo);
- two members will have seats on WADA’s Board; and
- the Council will be in charge of appointing athlete representatives to other WADA bodies.
For more information, visit WADA’s website.