- Associated Press - Sunday, August 21, 2016

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand BMX rider Sarah Walker has been appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s athletes commission.

Walker was nominated by the New Zealand Olympic Committee but missed election to one of four available positions in a vote by athletes attending the Rio Olympics. She was later appointed to the commission by IOC president Thomas Bach to ensure a more balanced representation of athletes.

Walker won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics but was unable to compete at Rio because of injury.

She said it is “a huge honor to be involved with the IOC and the Olympic movement and I will be doing everything I can to represent all Olympic athletes as well as contribute my own perspective that I have gained through my Olympic journey.”

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