Hew Chalmers, a director of British Curling, the company that manages and develops elite curling in Britain, has been elected to the board of the British Olympic Association (BOA).
Chalmers, from Stranraer, was nominated by the National Olympic Committee (NOC) – the BOA’s decision and policy-making body – to represent the interests of the winter Olympic sports on the BOA’s board. He replaces David Cranston of the British Biathlon Union, who is standing down.
A director of British Curling since its inception four years ago, Chalmers has considerable experience in the field of high-performance sport and Olympic competition, having coached national teams to medal success at European and World Curling Championships. He has also attended multiple Winter Olympic Games – including the 2010 Games in Vancouver earlier this year – as a team leader and team manager. Chalmers is currently a representative member of curling’s international body, the World Curling Federation (WCF).
Lord Colin Moynihan, chairman of the BOA, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Hew Chalmers as the new winter sports representative on the BOA’s board. We had excellent winter sport candidates running for election, which shows the commitment and support of the winter sports. I am sure that Hew’s expertise will greatly benefit the board. ”
Hew Chalmers said: “I am delighted to join the BOA board and look forward to working with my colleagues to further develop winter sports here in the UK. I will also support existing relationships to ensure that the BOA continues to have a strong, independent and powerful voice both here in the UK and internationally. London 2012 is a unique opportunity and will shine a bright light on all Olympic sports, both summer and winter, creating the platform to transform lives through the power of the Olympic values and success of Team GB.”
Dr Mike Gillespie, chairman elect of British Curling, said: “I’d like to extend my congratulations to Hew on his election to this post. Having had the pleasure of working with Hew on the board of British Curling for the past four years, I know he will bring a huge amount of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the role.