For the first time ever, World Rowing athletes had the opportunity to elect members of the World Rowing Athletes' Commission at the 2022 World Rowing Championships in Račice, Czech Republic.

The Athletes' Commission represents active elite rowers, and acts as a liaison between World Rowing and the elite athlete community concerning any issues affecting the sport. Members serve a four-year term, with the nomination and election process taking place in the second year following the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Rowing New Zealand is very proud of Emma’s election to World Rowing’s Athletes' Commission. To be elected by her peers is recognition of the mana she has in World Rowing. It is also an extension of the mahi she does in Aotearoa, supporting rowers in our programme and being a member of the NZOC Athlete Commission.” CE of Rowing NZ Geoff BarryEmma sees the Athletes' Commission as a way to champion athletes’ rights and ensure they are heard. “I feel like I have reached a time in my career where I’d like to give back to my sport, and I see this as a fantastic opportunity to do so.” Emma’s career has been driven by hard work, determination and resilience, which have inspired others and also enabled her to learn valuable lessons about herself and about life in general. This, coupled with the fact that as well as spending time in a boat she has contributed time and energy to various athletes’ commissions, makes her an ideal member to represent athletes internationally.

A total of 547 athletes voted, and chose four candidates from a list of 20 nominees.

I feel like I have reached a time in my career where I’d like to give back to my sport, and I see this as a fantastic opportunity to do so.