Johnson's responsibilities include tapping into his experience as a member of the USA team to the Paralympic Games and his efforts to prepare to recommend and review USOC and related policies, in particular, as those policies affect elite-level athletes. Key issues include: anti-doping, elite athlete health insurance, team selection procedures, among many others.
'My goal is to be a determined advocate on issues that promote fairness, Olympism and the evolution of all athletes,' said Johnson. 'It is my hope that all newly elected representatives and those re-elected to the Council will maintain the AAC's commitment to effectively serve as liaisons between athletes and the USOC administration.'
The USOC Athletes' Advisory Council represents Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American sport athletes through the review of USOC policies and programs; the nomination of athlete members of the USOC Board of Directors and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Board of Directors; and the review of selection procedures and other sport-specific program components. The AAC is comprised of representatives from National Governing Bodies, representatives of Paralympic athletes and members-at-large elected by the AAC from among any eligible athletes. The AAC works collegially to represent all athletes in the Olympic Movement; the ability to work collaboratively with representatives from other constituent groups is critical to a representative's effectiveness in the AAC
The AAC meets three times each year for the four-year term. In addition to meetings, representatives are available to work on issues regularly on e-mail and telephone. Travel to meetings and other official business is paid for by the USOC.
About U.S. Paralympics:
U.S. Paralympics is a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee and is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. For more information on U.S. Paralympics, visit www.usparalympics.org.