“It’s impossible to over-state the importance of the BAC within British sport.
“I’ve been an athlete, a coach, a mentor and an athletes commission member, and I’m pleased to say that, as my career has developed and the roles I have taken on have diversified, I’ve seen real progress in terms of athlete representation and genuine investment into athlete experience.
“This is thanks in no small part to organisations such as the BAC, who work not just on behalf of current athletes, but within the system and alongside NGBs and partner organisations to ensure that a tangible, positive legacy is in place for future generations of British competitors as well.”
Erin is discussing the BAC’s facilitation of British Rowing’s athlete-led selection consultation.
“The BAC has been proactive in coming into British Rowing – as invited by the Senior Leadership Team – to advocate for the athletes.
“It’s been an opportunity for athletes to see the BAC as people they can go to for support and guidance, and I think the thing that’s really shone through with the BAC is the opportunity for you to speak without consequences, and to really open up and have honest conversations.”
“It was an initiative by the BAC, and the idea was that it was our opportunity to voice concerns about selection, offer up ideas that we thought might improve things, areas where we believed the system could be more open and athlete-friendly.
“The good news was: it really helped to let grievances out. It was really positive not to feel things had to be suppressed.”
“The BAC have been brilliant to me this year (2020). I wish I’d asked for their help this time last year.
“Athletes, if you need support and don’t feel like you can get it from your sport, get in touch with the BAC.
“They are there for you and can help.”
Speaking to The Times about mental health support within elite sport, Ellie said:
“There are a lot of support networks out there. If you feel there are issues then talk, don’t be scared to talk. Bottling it up makes it worse. The BAC are incredible. We’ve got mental health advisers. Loads of people are talking about mental health now and the support system is getting better.”
Speaking about the BAC’s work in helping to recoup £7,500 owed to several athletes after a commercial dispute, Lucy said:
“I’m grateful to the BAC for all their support and quick action on this matter. It really concerned me when the scope of the situation became apparent, and the BAC were fantastic in their response, going above and beyond.”
Speaking about the BAC’s work alongside the EIS to facilitate Athlete Rep mental health training sessions, Sam said:
“As soon as the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance, and found it a really, really useful session. I’m really glad that the BAC gave me the opportunity to do this, and I learnt a lot.”