MONTREAL – Olympic medallist and lawyer Tricia Smith was voted president of the Canadian Olympic Committee on Sunday morning.
A four-time Olympic rower from Vancouver, Smith won silver at Los Angeles 1984 in coxless pairs with teammate Elizabeth Craig.
Smith – a recipient of the Order of Canada – had been vice president of the Canadian Olympic Committee since 2009.
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She recently became interim president of the organization following Marcel Aubut’s resignation in early October.
COC board members chose between Smith and award-winning high performance coach and lawyer Peter Lawless, who will continue to serve the organization as vice president.
Aubut resigned as COC president in early October after women accused him of sexual comments and unwanted touching.
Smith has served the COC in various capacities for over 30 years. Since joining the COC’s athletes’ council in 1980 as rowing’s representative, Smith has been a member of the executive, team selection, games, governance and compensation Committees. She was Canada’s Chef de Mission for the 2007 Pan American Games.
She is also the vice president of the International Rowing Federation and has been a leader in creating opportunities for women in FISA, in all aspects of the sport, increasing the number of opportunities for women to compete, coach, administrate and officiate in international rowing. She has also played a strong role in FISA’s anti-doping policies as a member of the executive committee.