CBC Sports - Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 07:23 ET

Hayley Wickenheiser elected to IOC athletes commission

Hockey star to represent athletes, Canada

Hayley Wickenheiser
Hayley Wickenheiser, Canada's flag-bearer, leads the team into Sochi. (Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty Images)

Canadian Hayley Wickenheiser will represent Canada as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s athletes commission, following her election at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

The women's hockey star, who carried the Canadian flag into the opening ceremony at the Sochi Games, will serve an eight-year term.

“On behalf of the entire Canadian Olympic family, I want to congratulate Hayley on her admission to the IOC’s athletes commission,” said Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “It is critical to sport in Canada that our voice is heard internationally, and Hayley will be a tremendous representative for our country.”

A total of 12 athletes make up the committee, with two new members elected at each Winter Olympics to replace outgoing members. Four members are elected at each Summer Olympics.

Canadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott has served as a member of the athletes commission for the last eight years, her term ending this year.

“Beckie has been a wonderful ambassador for Canada throughout her career and in the last eight years while at the IOC. I look forward to continuing to work with her and hope she will continue to serve our sporting system,” added Aubut.

The voting took place in the athlete’s village in Sochi. Norwegian biathlete Ole Einer Bjoerendalen was also elected to the committee.

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