Interested In Serving As An Athlete Representative For 2020-2021?

By USA Diving | Oct. 22, 2019, 1:36 p.m. (ET)

If you are interested in serving as an athlete rep and would like your name on the ballot, please email usadathleterepresentatives@gmail.com no later than Friday, November 15. Please include a paragraph statement that provides some information about yourself and your interest in the position.

Six athletes – three men and three women – will be elected.

In order to run for election to serve as an athlete rep, a diver must have finished in the top half of a senior national championship meet held in the past 24 months (2017 USA Diving Winter National Championships, 2018 USA Diving Senior National Diving Championships, 2018 USA Diving Winter Trials, or 2019 USA Diving Senior National Diving Championships) or must have represented the United States at the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games or World Cup (in a non-Olympic year) in the past 10 years.

For more information on the athlete representative committee, please see the following information put together by former athlete representatives.

What is an athlete representative?

Athlete representatives are elected by their fellow athletes to serve a two-year term as a member of the athlete representative committee. The committee is made up of 12 divers, six males and six females, who act as a voice on the behalf of all USA Diving athletes.

This year, eight athletes – four males and four females— will be elected. The top three males and females (six athletes) will be elected to a two-year term, while the male and female with the fourth most votes will be elected to a one-year term. Maggie Merriman, Carolina Sculti, David Dinsmore, and Greg Duncan will be in the second year of their two-year term in 2020 and will join the eight athletes elected on the committee next year.

What are the responsibilities involved in being an athlete representative?

As an athlete representative, your main responsibility is to communicate effectively with others. This may involve sitting in on conference calls throughout the year with your fellow athlete representatives and thinking of creative things that USA Diving can do to improve your experience as a member, or it may involve conference calls with another USA Diving committee you are assigned to. You will serve as a Voting Member of USA Diving. In addition to communicating, we strive for 100 percent attendance of athlete representatives to the USA Diving convention that is hosted every year in mid-to-late September. All expenses for the convention are paid for.  

What are the qualities that we are looking for in an athlete representative?

We are looking for confident, creative and passionate athletes to become athlete representatives. It is often necessary for us to speak in public or on the phone, so those are two skills that we would love for you to have. The great thing about the athlete representative committee is that everybody who serves has a different background and a different skill set. This allows for us to do many different kinds of projects.

What can you get out of being an athlete representative?

Being an athlete representative is a huge honor. It allows you to give back to a sport that has provided so many amazing opportunities. It will also help to enhance your networking and communication skills as you are exposed to different situations that you would not ordinarily find yourself in in either high school or college. Being an athlete representative will allow a creative outlet to express your ideas to USA Diving, while simultaneously improving the experiences of many other athletes. If that isn’t enough, being an athlete representative looks great on college applications – and resumes when you are looking for a job.

What are the qualifications to become an athlete representative?
In order to run for election to serve as an athlete rep, a diver must have finished in the top half of a senior national championship meet held in the past 24 months (2017 USA Diving Winter National Championships, 2018 USA Diving Senior National Diving Championships, 2018 USA Diving Winter Trials, or 2019 USA Diving Senior National Diving Championships) or must have represented the United States at the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games or World Cup (in a non-Olympic year) in the past 10 years.

Who do I contact if I am interested in nominating myself or another diver for the position of athlete representative?   If you are interested in running, have any further questions, or would like to nominate another eligible athlete, please email usadathleterepresentatives@gmail.com by November 15. Please include a paragraph statement that provides some information about yourself and your interest in the position.