The World OCR (FISO) Athlete Advisory Council (AAC) is a standing committee of FISO that broadens communication between FISO and elite athletes and serves as a source of opinion and advice on FISO policies that effect obstacle sports worldwide.

The AAC may appoint athletes to FISO nominating committees, panels empowered to resolve grievances, and any committee that prepares, approves or implements programs regarding the selection of international championships, Olympic, Continental and Sub-continental Games team members, including athletes, coaches, administrators and support staff.

The AAC members are the representatives of the Athlete Advisory Board (AAB), consisting of elite athlete representatives from each member federation country in their continental region.


The AAC makes recommendations to the Central Board on issues related to the needs and concerns of the elite athlete members of the national federations, including:


  • selection of elite athlete races; 
  • qualification procedures for the selection of members to Elite National Teams; 
  • the establishment and maintenance of elite rankings;
  • event disciplines and formats;
  • adoption, amendment and enforcement of competition rules; and 
  • procedure for the appointment or election of elite athletes to the AAC


The AAC consists of seventeen (17) voting members and six (6) members with voice but no vote:

  • The Chair of the Athlete Commission who shall be the AAC Director and shall have the deciding vote in the event of a tie.
  •  Fourteen (14) elite athletes with full voting rights, comprised of two (2) representatives from each of seven (7) continental regions: Africa, North-Central America, South America, Asia, Pacific, Eastern Europe and Western Europe. At least one (1) athlete from each region must be a woman.
  • Two (2) elite para-athletes, one man and one woman, who may not be from the same continental region, with full voting rights.
  • The presidents of each of five (5) continental regions, with voice but no vote; Africa, Americas, Asia, Pacific and Europe.
  • The president of FISO, with voice but no vote.

Athlete Seats

Elite athletes may hold a seat on the AAC if:

  • Within the ten (10) years preceding an election, they have represented their country in obstacle or related sports in the Olympic or Pan American Games, a World Championship, a Continental Championship recognised by the FISO, or an IPC-recognised World Championship in events on the Paralympic Games program; or 
  • Within the twenty-four (24) months before election, they have demonstrated that they are actively engaged in amateur athletic competition by finishing in the top half of elite national championships or team selection competition for the events above; or
  • Hold a current elite license as defined by the AAC and approved by the FISO Central Board


Ms. Lindsay Webster (CAN)

Voting Members

Africa: Ms. Trish Eksteen (RSA), Mr. Thomas van Tonder (RSA)

North-Central Americas: Mr. Ryan Woods (USA)

South America: Mr. Hugo Godoy Barker (CHI)

Asia: Ms. Sandi Menchi C. Abahan (PHL)

Pacific: Ms. Olivia Vivian (AUS), Mr. Russel Nelms (AUS)

Eastern Europe: Ms Zuzana Kocomva (CZE)

Western Europe: Ms. Ida Mathilda Steensgaard (DEN), Mr. Thomas Buyl (BEL)

Para OCR: Ms. Misty Diaz (USA), Mr. John de Haan (NED)

Non-voting members

Africa:  Mr. Claude Eksteen (RSA)

Americas: Mr. Robert Stull (USA)

Asia: Mr. David Lim (SGP)

Pacific: Ms. Ilca Andrikis (AUS)

Europe: Ms. Malin Spång (SWE)

Ex-officio: Mr. Ian Adamson (AUS)

Council Advisory Board

Mr. Ryan Atkins (CAN)

Athlete Advisory Board

The Athlete Advisory Board (AAB) are the elite athlete representatives from each member federation country of FISO. Each country's National Athlete Council (NAC) provides up to two (2) delegates on the AAB. At least one (1) delegate from each country must be a woman.

Each Continental Association of FISO Members has a Continental Athlete Council (CAC) that that broadens communication between the continental association and elite athletes and serves as a source of opinion and advice on policies that effect obstacle sports on their continent. The Continental Associations of FISO operate independently of the AAB and AAC for representation at the continental level: