Gavin Noble Appointed to OCI Athlete Commission

Gavin Noble London Olympics

Former elite triathlete Gavin Noble has been appointed to the OCI's new Athlete Commission.

Noble, a former Olympian from London 2012, is one of Ireland's most successful triathletes and represented Ireland on the world stage from 1999 to 2013.

He represented Northern Ireland at the 2002 & 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Gavin also won nine national championships. He was ranked 4th in Europe (2008), was a European Cup Winner in 2006, an Asian Cup winner in 2011 and raced in multiple European, World Championship, World Cup and World Triathlon Series Grand Finals.

Gavin currently works with Wilson Hartnell /Ogilvy as head of digital content and social.

London 2012 - Noble2 - credit Delly Carr ITU

Athlete Commission

The Athlete Commission will advise the OCI Executive Committee on all athlete related matters and to ensure that the voice of Irish athletes is heard in all future OCI decision making.

Six nominations for the Commission were received from OCI Members. These were as follows:

  • Derval O’Rourke (Athletics)
  • Judy Reynolds (Equestrian)
  • David Harte (Hockey)
  • Shane O’Connor (Snowsports)
  • Melanie Nocher (Swimming)
  • Gavin Noble (Triathlon)

The OCI Executive Board met on June 7th 2017 and agreed that the Athlete Commission would benefit from all six candidates who represent a mix of summer individual/team and winter sports and so all six were appointed.  The OCI Executive Board also appointed three additional Olympians to the Commission:

  • David Gillick (Athletics)
  • James Nolan (Athletics)
  • Kenneth Egan (Boxing).

The nine person Commission will have its first meeting later this month at which it will select a chairperson who will become a member of OCI Executive Committee.

Speaking today OCI President Sarah Keane said; “The new Athletes Commission announced today will have a very important role in the future decision making of the OCI. The OCI Executive Committee is very grateful that so many talented Olympians have agreed to make themselves available to participate in this Commission and to speak on behalf of all Irish Olympians. We want to ensure that athletes have a strong voice at the OCI board table and this Commission will allow that to happen.  I look forward to working with the Commission over the coming four years.”

What is the Athletes Commission?

The Olympic Council of Ireland Athletes Commission represents the athletes of the member National Federations of the Olympic Council of Ireland.

An eligible athlete is an athlete who participated in either of the last 2 Olympic Summer or Winter Games previous to the General Meeting which elects him/her.

The appointees shall have participated in an Olympic Summer or Winter Games.

Role of the Commission

To ensure that the athlete’s point of view is taken into account in OCI decision making

The OCI Athletes Commission is a consultative body of the OCI and acts as a voice for the Irish athletes.

To ensure strong channels of communication are in place for athlete specific issues at the appropriate level.

To respect the rights of athletes within the Olympic Movement and to draw up recommendations to that effect.

To put forward nominations for representatives to sit on other OCI commissions and working groups when requested

Upon election to prepare strategic goals for approval by the Executive Committee for the next Olympic Cycle.

To prepare an annual plan each year to be submitted to Executive Committee for approval.