published on Wednesday 03 May 2017

Kit McConnell Joins TSE Consulting’s The Academy Programme!

TSE Consulting is delighted to announce that Kit McConnell has joined The Academy 2017 Programme as a Guest Speaker. As the IOC’s Sports Director, McConnell is a recognised leader in the sports industry in the areas of planning, managing and delivering major sporting events.

Kit will be a speaker for The Academy Forum, which concludes the two day conference. The Forum will feature a number of high profile sports leaders and athletes who will debate the central question: ‘The voice of athletes: moving from peripheral influence to true authority?’

After graduating with a Master of Business Studies from Massey University in New Zealand, Kit joined the International Olympic Committee Sport Department in 1996 then moved to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Organising Committee in 1998 and 1999 as Manager, Sport Operations. He re-joined the IOC as Manager, Sport Operations from 2000-2002, focusing on the delivery of sport at Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

In 2003, Kit joined the International Rugby Board (IRB) and following the Rugby World Cup Tournament (RWC) 2003 headed the newly formed RWC Department. Since 2004 has been the Head of Rugby World Cup and RWC Tournament Director, overseeing Rugby World Cup Ltd's operational delivery of France 2007, New Zealand 2011 and was previously based in London working on the RWC 2015.

Kit currently serves as the IOC’s Sports Director. In the role, Kit has chief responsibility for the athlete focused programmes on behalf of the IOC and the Olympic Movement, which aim to help athletes both on and off the field of play. Kit also leads the work of the IOC in their relations with the International Federations and the Local Organising Committees on the delivery of sport during the Olympic Games.

The Academy Forum:

Whilst protecting the rights and interests of the athletes nowadays seems to be at the forefront of every sports organisation. In order to ensure the voice of athletes is heard, a large number of National Olympic Committees and International Federations have active athletes’ commissions, with some even guaranteeing the right of athletes to serve on the Board.

Despite this, questions remain about the role of athletes in sports organisations’ decision-making. After years of the same narrative, how effectively are athletes being represented? Are Athletes Commissions the best way to ensure this happens? With a diverse panel made up athletes and senior officials of sports organisations, The Academy Forum seeks to address these questions and more.

The Academy, held in Lausanne on June 7-8 2017, is a unique management conference dedicated to sports leaders from around the world and across different sports who are looking to take themselves and their organisations to the next level.

For more information on The Academy programme, please click here!

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