The International Federation community of more than 100 Olympic and non-Olympic Sports is currently gathered in Lausanne (SUI) for the 13th edition of the IF Forum.
From 28th-30th October, the forum is offering three days of targeted thematic sessions designed to be of specific value to the International Sport Federations' in attendance.
Under the title ‘Athlete Centered Sport’, this year’s fFrum is tackling every aspect of IF’s work with its athletes. Various round table discussions, workshops and keynote addresses will cover topics ranging from promoting athletes’ financial well-being to the protection of clean athletes to athlete welfare and mental health.
FIS was well-represented at the forum, with Snowboard halfpipe athlete Pat Burgener joining the panel discussion ‘The Future of Athlete Financial Well Being’, Secretary General Sarah Lewis sitting in on the panel discussion ‘Strengthening Athletes’ voices’, and Communication Director Jenny Wiedeke leading a workshop ‘Athlete Centred Governance’. Athletes’ Commission member Jernej Damjan was also in attendance as an active participant.
On Wednesday afternoon the keenly anticipated IOC Sustainability Forum is scheduled, where International Federations can both share and learn about the most up-to-date actions and best practices in the fight against climate change.
This year’s IF Forum reached another level of value with a 360 range of perspectives addressing the roles and obligations of the Athletes in a sporting and federation governance context. The FIS Athletes Commission discipline and gender balanced composition, two members in the FIS Council and the Technical Committees was recognised as a best practice example, with many federations now motivated to follow our model.”