Olympic Games: Bronze medal in 2012; competed in 2008 and 2016

World Championships: Bronze medals in 2009, 2014 and 2018

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LANGUAGE SPOKEN


English

Education/Studies

BSc. in Botany and Zoology, University of Pretoria (2002-2003); BA (HMS) Degree, Business Management, University of Pretoria (2009); Diploma in Project Management, UNISA (2014); Digital Marketing online course, Red and Yellow, University of Stellenbosch (2016)

Professional activities

Athlete, South Africa (2005-), Massage Therapist, Emangalisa Massage (3 years); Medical Representative, BMK orthopaedics (2018); Canoeing Coach, South African athletes (2019-); Online Coach,  Jeff Together (2020-present).

Functions in the field of sport

Member, NOC Athletes’ Commission (2018-); Canoeing Coach, South African athletes (2019-)

Why I am running in the IOC Athletes’ Commission election

The Olympic Movement has been a special part of my life since the Beijing Olympics in 2008. I have seen African paddlers learn a new sport, improve and seen their excitement when they qualified for every Olympic Games. This delight excites me as an Olympic medallist! I would like to become a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission to keep driving the Olympic Movement to empower Athlete participation and improve the Games experience from the build-up and beyond for Novice and Veteran Olympians. I have seen Olympians feel like they are a failure due to underperforming, so I believe that every Olympic athlete is successful just by qualifying! I want to ensure that every Olympic Athlete competes and exits their sporting career, realizing their achievement. I’d like to be a voice to guide Olympic athletes to be proud of their achievements, then help guide others along the way. I would like to help every Olympic athlete identify the lessons they have learned along the way and take these into their future lives and careers!

Original version: English
*Results as of 9 September 2019 and only for disciplines on the Olympic programme 

I WOULD LIKE TO HELP OTHER ATHLETES TO HAVE A VOICE WHICH WILL ENABLE THEM TO BECOME BETTER ATHLETES

BRIDGITTE ELLEN HARTLEY

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