Olympic Games: Competed in 2012 (athletics) and 2018

World Championships: Competed in 2009

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LANGUAGES SPOKEN


English

French

Education/Studies

BEng, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Loughborough University (2008); MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Loughborough University (2010)

Professional activities

Project Engineer, AltaLink (6 years); Distribution Engineer, Hydro Ottawa (1 year); Member, IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission (2020-); Member of EcoAthletes Advocacy Group; Founder of Racing to Zero, A not-for-profit organization tasked with “greening” grassroots sports events

Functions in the field of sport

Member, NF Athletes’ Commission (2015-2017); Member, COC Athletes’ Commission (2012-2020); Director, Canadian Olympic Committee (2016-2020); Chair, COC Athletes’ Commission (2017-2020): Official, Athletics Alberta (2017-2021)

THE BIGGEST RISK TO SPORT RIGHT NOW IS CLIMATE CHANGE. I WANT TO HELP ATHLETES PLAY OUR PART IN THE RACE TO ZERO.

OLUSEYI SMITH

Why I am running in the IOC Athletes’ Commission election

Fellow athletes,

I would like to represent you as a member of the IOC AC for two reasons. First, I have years of experience on athletes’ commissions, including working as the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission Chair. I want to continue helping athletes be influential and achieve the things we need most.

Second, there is no bigger issue the world and sport faces right now than climate change. As an Olympic winter athlete, I’ve seen natural bobsled courses where I trained at risk, and worry about their future. As an Olympic summer athlete and sprinter, I, like you, watched the extreme heat that all athletes had to deal with this summer in Tokyo. I have studied sustainability and renewable energy technologies, I am a member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission and I founded a not for profit organisation to help grassroots sport events in Canada become greener. I call it “Racing to Zero”. I’m driven to contribute to anywhere that sport and climate change intersect, and believe that we athletes have unique platforms and can be pivotal in leading this crucial race to zero.

Original version: English
*Results as of 13 September 2021 and only for disciplines on the Olympic programme