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Cian O’Connor resigns as FEI Athlete Representative

Monday, 02 September 2019

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Cian O'Connor. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.


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Cian O’Connor has resigned as FEI Athlete Representative to the FEI Jumping Committee. O’Connor was elected as FEI Athlete Representative 2018-2022 in September last year, becoming Rodrigo Pessoa’s successor. The FEI Athlete Representative is also part of the FEI Athletes Committee, which is formed by representatives across all FEI disciplines.

“I was elected by my peers to the FEI Jumping Committee a year ago. I am always happy to give freely of my time if I can help or improve any part of the sport. Perhaps my temperament is not best suited to a committee environment, but I felt to stay on when my impact was minimal is only bad use of my time. I wish the new Athlete Representative well and I will continue to do my part to develop the sport on the outside!” O’Connor says to World of Showjumping. 

The process to find a new candidate to the role as FEI Athlete Representative is already underway. To World of Showjumping, IJRC Director Eleonora Ottaviani says: “The FEI is asking for a new vote. However, it is not an easy task to find a new candidate, as it is required that they have taken part of one of the two last Olympic Games or the last World Equestrian Games. Furthermore, the right candidate should have enough time to take on this role. At the IJRC, we would prefer an experienced rider – possibly with a board background from the Club.”

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