published at Friday 29 November 2013

PR11/2013 - Olympic Medallist & Chair of the IOC Athletes Commission Claudia Bokel confirmed as new ambassador of WISE

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 29, 2013 – Pursuing its will to support the athletes in career transition, “WISE – Work In Sports Exhibition” is pleased to announce Claudia Bokel as WISE Ambassador.

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Claudia is an Olympic athlete in fencing. She was elected to serve on the IOC Athletes Commission in 2008 during the Summer Games in Beijing and is the Chair since 2012. Her accomplishments in sport include, among others, a silver medal at the Olympic Games in 2004 (team) and a gold medal at the World Championships in 2001 (individual).

She is also a leader in the field of sports management, participating in many capacities : before she was elected Chair of the IOC Athletes Commission, she chaired the European Olympic Committee Athletes Commission, has been a member of the German Athletes Commission for many years and is currently chairing the IOC Athletes Career Programme Steering Committee. She has a Master of Science (2008) degree in chemistry from Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and has been working as a management consultant for several years.

“Many elite athletes will retire from sport at a relatively early age and most will need to start thinking in a career after sport well in advance. Pursuing an education while competing or just after having retired is therefore of utmost importance to an athlete’s life. By combining the skills learned as a sportsperson coupled with a solid education, an athlete can appropriately prepare for life after sport; you do not need to choose between the two of them.”, said Claudia Bokel. The Fencing Olympic Medallist will also be involved with WISE Forum as a moderator and speaker.

“Claudia’s sports career, both as an athlete and on the management side, illustrates outstanding talent and valuable skills. She is also an inspiration for other athletes in career transition through the IOC Athletes Career Programme and it was an evidence for us to include her in WISE Ambassadors’ Programme”. – Giancarlo Sergi, Exhibition Director.

WISE is a two-day event to be held at MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA in Switzerland on May 7-8, 2014. It offers a 360° sharing platform to leaders of today and tomorrow, as well as active and former athletes entering the business world.