CEC Athletes’ Commission
What is an Athletes’ Commission (AC)?
An AC is a group of athlete (former or current) that give recommendations to the CEC board in order to bring the best conditions for open competitors to compete, train and expand in. Discussions in the AC can vary from rules and regulations, quotas, performance, training camps, etc. An AC is responsible for thinking objectively for the good of all the open athletes in the country. Where possible, the AC should represent the diversity of the sport in Canada, from gender and geography to disciplines. The AC will be primarily geared towards open athletes but will reflect on youth programs and competitions as well. As of 2018, the AC will be made up of the following:
- 1 boulder representative
- 1 lead representative
- 1 speed representative
The president of the AC will sit on the CEC board with full voting rights. Their job on the board is to represent the AC and by extension all athletes across Canada. Athletes elected to these roles will hold their position for a term of 4 years. Members of the AC should act in good faith and present potential conflict of interest should any arise.
This AC (of 4 members) is meant to be the basis for Canada; I encourage the future president to hold an election in 2019 and add another 3 representatives to the committee for a 4 year term. This would lead to an election every 2 years for 3 representatives (+1 for the presidency every 4).
Where and when are elections?
Elections will be held at the National championships in the respective discipline.
- Boulder, March at Up The Bloc, Mississauga, ON.
- Lead/Speed, May at Boulders, Central Saanich, BC.
The Presidency spot will be elected at Boulder Nationals but will officially take their position on the CEC board at Difficulty/Speed Nationals (when voted in at the AGM). During that transition time, the new president elect will be invited to sit as an observer to all board meetings to learn and listen.
Who can run?
Anyone who is 16 by December 31st of current year & has competed in a CEC sanctioned event (of that discipline) in the past 4 seasons can run.
Who can vote?
Any competitor who possesses a valid CEC competition license of current year & is 16 by December 31st of current year can vote. Voting must be done in person.
If the presidency spot is up for election, candidates will run for a specific discipline (lead, boulder, speed) but also check the “running for presidency” box. They will be running for both positions but if they are elected president, the discipline spot will be passed to another candidate.
Is proxy voting allowed?
No, not currently
How many athletes can I vote for?
For discipline elections, you may vote for 0, 1 or 2 athletes.
For the presidency, you may vote for 0 or 1 athlete.
How do I run?
To run in the election, please submit your application to the CEC board no later than 1 month before the National Championships of the discipline in which you are running. Your application should include your competition experience, which seat on the AC you are applying for and a short cover letter highlighting what you hope to accomplish as a representative.
Any candidature must be approved by the current CEC board before being put on the ballot. Candidates that apply must be in good standing with the CEC and have no code of conduct infractions or anti-doping violations in the past 2 years.
For any further questions, please contact Sean McColl.
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