Athletes' Commission

The Athletes' Commission is composed of 11 members elected for two years by the athletes participating in the FIS World Championships. It ensures a balance between regions, gender and sports.

RoleNameNationDiscipline
ChairmanKonstantin SchadGERSnowboard
Vice ChairHannah KearneyUSAFreestyle Skiing
MemberVirginia de Martin TopraninITACross-Country
MemberMartti JylhäFINCross-Country
MemberSarah HendricksonUSASki Jumping
MemberAndreas StjernenNORSki Jumping
MemberMaxime LaheurteFRANordic Combined
MemberDaniela MerighettiITAAlpine Skiing
MemberHannes ReicheltAUTAlpine Skiing
MemberAlex FivaSUIFreestyle Skiing
MemberAlena ZavarzinaRUSSnowboard

Vision & Mission
The mission of the FIS Athletes' Commission is to represent the voice and interests of the athletes by engaging in the decision-making processes within the FIS organisation and to empower athletes through the communication of information.

Meanwhile, its vision is to continue to innovate and push the FIS sports to grow while advocating for human rights, safety and health, and athlete career development. Furthermore, it is looking for opportunities to engage athlete champions and heroes to promote causes that are important to the development and sustainability of sports.


Background
Established in 1999, the Athletes’ Commission is the link between active athletes and FIS’ advisory and decision-making bodies.

The FIS Athletes’ Commission works in liaison with the IOC Athletes’ Commission in addition to individual National Ski Associations and their athlete representatives.

The Commission meets once per year, meanwhile, its members are involved in FIS’ main Committees and Working Groups. The chair of the Commission is represented on the FIS Council with voting rights.


Activities
FIS Athletes’ Commission members are involved in many activities, including:

Education and Career Transition
Provide information enabling athletes to undertake a “dual career” (sport and studies)
Inform about services related to career preparation and management during and after their sports career

Promoting Clean Sport
Raise awareness about the importance of clean sport among athletes of all categories
Support the initiatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
Work together with FIS and WADA to enhance its procedures and provide athlete feedback 

The Environment
Raise awareness of environmental issues, serve as role models and inspire others
Engage the athletes in programs aimed at helping the environment

Children’s Programmes
Support the FIS Bring Children to the Snow campaign and serve as role models to promote snow activities as the healthy recreational activity for children and youth in winter

Discipline Athlete Network
Develop effective communication networks within each discipline to communicate information between FIS and the athletes and vice versa

World Cup Organiser Feedback
Gather assessments from athletes on FIS World Cup events and provide FIS and Organisers relevant feedback

Athlete Safety Concern Submission Procedure
Develop and implement a protocol of how athletes can officially announce their safety concerns with the jury