Athlete Reference Group discussions 2023

In late 2023, the ITP brought together an Athlete Reference Group to provide input into the development of the Code. While the Code is for everyone, high performance athletes have a unique perspective and it is vital that the Code speaks to their experiences and aspirations.

The Athlete Reference Group is chaired by former Olympic cyclist Rushlee Buchanan and consists of athletes from cycling, rowing, triathlon, weightlifting, shooting, sailing, gymnastics, and boxing. You can read more about them here: Athlete Reference Group.

The group took part in a series of workshops relating to the Code and the design of the Commission’s complaints and mediation service; including reviewing draft extracts from the Code.

The Athlete Reference Group has provided a strong, participant-centred lens throughout their feedback. Much of the feedback on the direction of the Code was positive, but the group also emphasised issues to work on, including:

  • The need for the Code to be easy to understand, for example by avoiding legal jargon wherever possible;
  • The importance of the Commission’s work, including the Code, being trauma-informed;
  • Ensuring that the rights of disabled participants are clearly provided for; and
  • Identifying ways to support organisations to implement the minimum standards and make sure participants know what their rights are.