The BAC was established by a group of athletes in 2004, when it was identified that there was a real need for an independent body in the UK to both represent the views of all British athletes and to ensure that athlete welfare and wellbeing was central to all decision making in high-performance sport.
Under new leadership, and following a UK Sport independent review into Athlete Voice and Representation across the system, greater investment was put into the BAC in 2017, funding a new support strategy for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic cycle (2018-2021).
The BAC is now focused on providing its entire membership (circa 1,400 athletes) with world-class advice and support, together with ensuring the collective athlete voice is listened to and used to influence future decision making.
We are passionate about ensuring that equality of opportunity exists within the high-performance system, that athletes are not discriminated against for any reason, and that all athletes have equal opportunity to fulfill their dreams and sporting potential. In order to achieve this, we are committed to building strong relationships on the ground with athletes, so they have accessible and readily available opportunities to seek help and advice, as well as educating and empowering athletes to support their peers and take up leadership roles in their sport, such as becoming Athlete Representatives.