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2013-14 WCPP Selection Policy Olympic Athletes

The World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) is UK Sports National Lottery funded initiative to support the delivery of success at the worlds most significant sporting events. Specifically, during the Rio cycle, the aim of the Olympic WCPP is to win medals at the Olympic Games. Therefore, British Athletics must be able to demonstrate that any athlete granted membership of the Olympic WCPP by British Athletics is a potential 2016 or 2020 Olympic Games medallist. This document describes how athletes are selected onto the British Athletics Olympic WCPP. The Olympic WCPP managed by British Athletics is split into several levels reflecting the actual and potential performance levels of athletes. The selection process is described in detail in the following pages: Section 1 Selection Process Describes (in both written and graphic format) the various parts of the selection process, both for current and non-current WCPP members. Describes minimum requirements for membership at each level of the WCPP. Describes conditions associated with the Selection Criteria and defines key wording from the Selection Criteria. Describes who is on the selection panel and how the selection meeting will operate. Gives guidelines for the retention of members of the 2012/2013 WCPP whose performance was limited in 2013 due to injury, illness or pregnancy. Describes the procedure to follow if an athlete believes that the WCPP Selection Panel has not followed the selection process.

Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 5

Selection Criteria Selection Conditions Selection Panel Guidelines for Retention of athletes affected by Performance Limiting Factors Procedures for Appeals Relating to WCPP Decisions

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Section 1 Selection Process


1. Athletes are only eligible to be considered for WCPP membership provided the following is true: a. He/she is eligible to compete for Team GB at the Olympic Games (i.e. is a British Passport holder); b. He/she is not currently serving a suspension for a doping violation; c. He/she does not have an unspent criminal conviction; and d. He/she has not, whether by an act or omission, brought British Athletics into disrepute. 2. UK Sport has granted British Athletics a maximum number of Podium Programme and Podium Potential places. A selection panel (the Panel) appointed by British Athletics will consider athletes for WCPP membership based on these figures, but are not obliged to fill every available place. 3. The Panel will, in a single selection meeting, consider athletes for either individual or relay WCPP membership using the policy outlined in the following pages ("the Selection Policy"). 4. Athletes currently on individual levels of the WCPP may be retained if they: a. satisfy individual or relay criteria for retention as outlined in the Selection Criteria (Section 2), or b. were injured or otherwise affected by a performance limiting factor but meet the Guidelines for Retention of Athletes affected by Performance Limiting Factors (Section 5). 5. Athletes currently on individual levels of the WCPP may be exited if they: a. do not satisfy individual or relay criteria for retention outlined in the Selection Criteria (Section 2), or b. do not meet the individual performance targets and conditions set for them in the previous funding year (2012/2013), or in the case of relay athletes, failed to contribute fully to the relay programme, or; c. were injured or otherwise affected by a performance limiting factor in the previous funding year but do not meet the Guidelines for Retention of Athletes affected by Performance Limiting Factors (Section 5). 6. Athletes not currently members of the WCPP (either as an individual or relay athlete) will be considered by the Panel, based on the criteria set out in the Selection Criteria (Section 2). 7. The Performance Director, at his sole discretion, may choose to do the following: a. give any athlete in the Exited category another year on the WCPP at any level if he/she believes that the athlete still has realistic Olympic medal potential (as assessed under Section 2); or b. promote any athlete retained or new to the WCPP to a higher level of the WCPP if he believes that in doing so the athlete is better equipped to satisfy the aims of the WCPP in future years (i.e. medals at the 2016 or 2020 Olympic Games); or c. add an athlete who is not currently a member of the WCPP to level C, D or E, if he believes that membership of the WCPP alone will enable the athlete to win a medal at the 2016 or 2020 Olympic Games. 8. Acceptance of a WCPP place is encouraged but optional. If an athlete chooses to decline the selection for any reason (including failure to sign the UKA Athlete Agreement) they will not be restricted in selection for major competitions, but there will be no form of financial or support services provided.

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Section 2: Selection Criteria


Performance Matrix 1. The table below outlines what is required for an athlete to be selected for individual or relay membership at each level of the WCPP in 2013/14.
Level Selection Criteria Individual Athletes who won an individual medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games or Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships AND who the selection panel believe possess realistic potential * to win an individual medal at the 2016 Olympic Games . Athletes who finished in the top 8 in an individual event at the London 2012 Olympic Games or Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships Podium B AND who the selection panel believe possess realistic potential to win an individual medal at the 2016 Olympic Games*. Athletes who finished in the top 16** in an individual track/road event or top 12 in an individual field event (including combined events) at the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships C AND who the selection panel believe possess realistic potential to win an individual medal at the 2016 Olympic Games*. Athletes who achieved a relevant individual WCPP selection standard a minimum of 2 times*** within the relevant qualification period D Podium Potential AND who the selection panel believe demonstrate realistic potential to finish in the top 8 in an individual event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships and win an individual medal at the 2020 Olympic Games*. Athletes who achieved a relevant individual WCPP selection standard a minimum of 2 times*** within the relevant qualification period E AND who the selection panel believe demonstrate realistic potential to win an individual medal at the 2020 Olympic Games*. N/A N/A Athletes in the relay strike-four who finished in the top six in the relay at the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships. Relay

Athletes in the relay strike-four who won a medal in the relay at the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships.

A maximum of 2 athletes from each of the relay squads at the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships, who are not eligible for relay membership at Podium A or Podium B, but whom the selection panel believe will remain a member of a team that has realistic potential to win a relay medal at the 2016 Olympic Games****.

2. Explanatory Notes:
*

For an athlete to be granted WCPP membership at either Podium or Podium Potential level, they must demonstrate realistic medal potential in individual events at either the 2016 or 2020 Olympic Games. For the Selection Panel to be confident of this potential, athletes must demonstrate that they are bridging the gap to the podium in their event in order to be offered membership of the WCPP. The Selection Panel will consider all of the following, as well as any

2013-14 WCPP Selection Policy Olympic Athletes other factors that may be deemed relevant, when assessing an athletes ability to bridge the gap to a medal in 2016 (Podium Programme) or 2020 (Podium Potential Programme): a. Athletes performance profile (should be rising at a steeper rate than the event trend); b. Athletes position on the relevant Performance Funnel; c. Athletes major competition history (including age-groups where appropriate); d. Event progression; e. Athletes injury and training history ** Top 16 for track events will be calculated by taking the finalists from the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships, and the next fastest eligible athletes from the semi-finals (including ties). Road events will take the top 16 placed athletes in the order in which they finished in Moscow (including ties). *** Current WCPP members who have achieved the relevant individual WCPP selection standard only once within the relevant qualification period may still be considered for selection provided any individual performance targets/conditions have been met. Current WCPP members who have not achieved the relevant individual WCPP selection standard at least once can only remain on the WCPP at the discretion of the Performance Director or if the athlete can demonstrate he/she was affected by a performance limiting factor (see section 5). **** The Panel are not obliged to name relay athletes for each relay squad, or fill each of the 2 available places. For relay athletes to be offered membership at this level, the strike-four must be eligible for funding at Podium A or B, OR at least 2 members of the relevant relay team must be named as individual members of the WCPP for 2013/14. The athlete(s) in question must also have engaged fully with the relay programme during 2013. WCPP Selection Standards and Qualification Periods 1. The performance standards below are required for consideration for athlete membership at levels D and E as described in the Performance Matrix; 2. In order to qualify as an eligible performance, any single performance must also be achieved within the Qualification Period (as defined in point 3) and conform to the Performance Standards Conditions set out in Section 3. Performance Standards Mens Standards: 100m 10.25 10.32 800m 1:46.23 1:46.92 HJ 2.24 2.22 200m 20.66 20.85 1500m 3:38.31 3:39.28 LJ 7.87 7.71 400m 46.00 46.22 5000m 13:28.66 13:34.78 TJ 16.69 16.43 110mH 13.70 13.80 10000m 28:08.73 28:25.86 PV 5.57 5.47 400mH 49.61 50.14 3000mSC 8:21.91 8:29.92 SP 19.74 19.30 Marathon 2:12.26 2:13.59 DT 62.20 60.50 20kW 1:24.00 1:25.24 JT 79.82 76.34 50kW 3:57.27 4:02.06 HT 75.01 73.11 CE 7937 7760

"D" "E"

"D" "E"

"D" "E"

Womens Standards: 100m 11.26 11.35 800m 2:01.83 200m 23.11 23.28 1500m 4:10.77 400m 52.26 52.75 5000m 15:26.71 100mH 13.06 13.32 10000m 32:21.70 400mH 55.91 56.65 3000mSC 09:48.50 Marathon 2:31.30 20kW 1:32.58

"D" "E"

"D"

2013-14 WCPP Selection Policy Olympic Athletes "E" 2:02.64 HJ 1.92 1.90 4:12.61 LJ 6.60 6.50 15:37.59 TJ 14.04 13.72 33:10.17 PV 4.50 4.35 09:52.48 SP 17.56 16.86 2:34.13 DT 59.61 57.98 1:34.55 JT 57.78 55.55 HT 69.52 65.97 CE 5912 5738

"D" "E"

Qualification Periods: 3. WCPP Selection Standards must be achieved within the Qualification Periods for each event outlined below. Event Marathon, 50km Walk, 20km Walk, 10,000m & Combined Events 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2013 (inclusive)

All Other Events

Period

1 November 2012 to 30 September 2013 (inclusive)

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2013/14 WCPP SELECTION PROCESS FOR ATHLETES ALREADY ON FUNDING


Start

NO Did they achieve the individual selection standard NO Did athlete achieve championship performance criteria

YES

YES

NO Are there already 4 athletes in this discipline on the WCPP Do Selection Panel think they have realistic Olympic Medal potential (See matrix p4)

NO EXIT

YES

YES

EXIT

ON

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2013/14 WCPP SELECTION PROCESS FOR ATHLETES NEW TO FUNDING
Start

NO Is athlete eligible to compete for GB&NI

YES

Did they achieve the individual selection standard more than twice

NO

Did athlete achieve championship performance criteria

NO

YES

NO Are there already 4 athletes in this discipline on the WCPP Do Selection Panel think they have realistic Olympic Medal potential (See matrix p4)

NO NOT ADDED

YES

YES

NOT ADDED

ON

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Section 3: Selection Conditions


General conditions 1. The Olympic WCPP is a progressive programme. Consequently: a. Current individual Podium Programme athletes who do not satisfy the criteria for individual Podium Programme membership will not be considered for the Podium Potential Programme and will be "exited" from the WCPP for 2013/14. Exceptions to this stipulation may be made at the discretion of the Performance Director only; b. It is expected that all WCPP athletes will at least maintain their level of performance every year. Failure to do so may result in athletes being moved to a lower level of the WCPP or being exited from the WCPP; i. Current Podium Programme athletes may move between all three levels of the Podium Programme, provided the Panel believe they still have realistic long term medal potential; ii. Current Podium Potential Programme athletes may only move from a lower to higher level (i.e. from level E to level D); c. Athletes on levels C & D are expected to improve year -on-year and should normally progress to higher levels within two years of first being placed at that level. Exceptions to this stipulation may be made due to performance limiting factors, or at the discretion of the Performance Director; d. Athletes on level E are expected to improve year-on-year and should normally progress to higher levels within 2 years of first being placed at that level. However, given the profile of athletes at level E, personal circumstance will be taken into account (i.e. such as educational status and level of development) when deciding this. In every case, athletes are limited to a maximum of 4 years at this level; e. Athletes who were individual WCPP members in previous years but who are not currently on individual levels of the WCPP will only be eligible for individual WCPP membership at a level equal to or higher than the level from which they were exited previously. This does not apply to athletes who were previously members at Level A, who may return to Level B, or to athletes who were previously individual members but are returning as relay members (or vice-versa). 2. If, according to the Selection Criteria, there are more automatic members of the Podium Programme than there are places funded by UK Sport (i.e. medallists or top 8 athletes from the London 2012 Olympic Games and Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships), the Panel will rank athletes on the Podium Programme by individual world ranking (discounting three per nation). The athlete with the lowest world ranking will be removed until the number of athletes offered places is equal to the number of athlete places available. Relay conditions 3. Relay athletes may be selected for each of the mens 4x100m, mens 4x400m, womens 4x100m and womens 4x400m events. 4. Relay members of the WCPP will be expected to contribute fully to the relay programme (and have actively contributed to date), including any competition preparation. Failure to contribute will result in suspension of the athletes Athlete Personal Award (APA), until such time as the athlete agrees to contribute as required, or exit from the WCPP. 5. Individuals that qualify for the WCPP as both an individual and as a relay athlete will be granted WCPP membership based on their eligibility for the higher level of the WCPP (i.e. an athlete that qualifies for WCPP membership as an individual at Podium Programme Level C, but who qualifies for WCPP membership as a relay athlete at Podium B will be granted membership at Podium Programme Level B). Performance standards conditions 6. Performances must be achieved during competitions organised or authorised by the IAAF, its Area Associations or its Member Federations. Domestic competition marks will only be recognised if they are achieved in UKA Level 3 Permit competition or higher..

2013-14 WCPP Selection Policy Olympic Athletes 7. Race Walking / Marathon and Relay qualification performances must be achieved in accredited competitions (see IAAF web site). 8. Performances in mixed events between male and female participants, held completely in a stadium, may be accepted under specific circumstances (see IAAF rule 147). 9. In the 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles, 110m hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Heptathlon and Decathlon wind assisted performances shall not be accepted (see IAAF rule 260.22d and IAAF rule 260.27), nor will performances that were achieved in competitions at which wind measurement was not available. 10. Performances set at 1,000m or more above sea-level or in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) shall not be accepted. 11. Hand timed performances in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m /110m hurdles and 400m hurdles shall not be accepted (see IAAF rule 260.22b). 12. Indoor performances for all field events and for races of 400m or longer shall be accepted. 13. If multiple performances are achieved in the same discipline in a single day, where these are achieved at an official Championships of UK National level or higher all performances will be counted. For the avoidance of doubt this means that the best single legal performance in the pool and the best single legal performance in the final for the field events will be counted. In all eligible competitions, only one performance per day will be counted as follows: a. In track events only the fastest official result of the day will be counted; b. In throwing events only the result of the first competition of the day will be counted; c. In horizontal jumping events only the result of the first competition of the day will be counted unless every mark achieved by the athlete was wind assisted in which case a second competition held under better conditions will count; d. In vertical jumping events only the result of the first competition of the day will be counted unless the competition was abandoned for safety reasons in which case a second competition held under safer conditions will count.

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Section 4: Selection Panel


1. The full WCPP Selection Panel (referred to in this Selection Policy as the Panel) will comprise: a. British Athletics Performance Director (voting, casting); b. Head of Coaching & Development (voting); c. British Athletics Development Manager (non-voting); d. National Performance Institute Manager (voting); e. One or more representative of each event/event-group as nominated by the Performance Director (voting); f. Medical representative(s) (non-voting); g. Media representative(s) (non-voting); h. Statistician(s) (non-voting); i. Independent Sport Observer (non-voting); j. Note taker(s) as required (non-voting); k. Performance Programme Manager (non-voting and chairperson); 2. Using the procedures and levels set out in this document the Panel will: a. Consider status of existing WCPP athletes; b. Confirm the WCPP membership and level of members of the new WCPP; c. Consider athletes not currently on the WCPP and either place them at an appropriate level on the new WCPP, or reject them; 3. The Chairperson of the Panel will decide the order in which athletes are considered. 4. The Panel may also set conditions and targets for each athlete on the WCPP, some of which may have to be met and reviewed periodically for membership to continue. 5. As each athlete is considered, panel members will declare any conflict of interest and the Performance Director will decide if that panel member can contribute to the discussion. In the case that the Performance Director has a conflict of interest the sports specific independent observer will decide if he/she can contribute to the discussion. 6. To make their decisions the Panel will use this document and the following: a. previous conditions and/or targets set for the athlete; b. the UKA Performance Funnels; c. the UKA / WCPP Athlete Plans; d. notes & reports from event specialists / points of contact / Institute coaches / England Athletics Event Leads; e. the athletes medical history; f. any other relevant information requested by the Performance Director.

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Section 5: Guidelines for Retention of Athletes affected by Performance Limiting Factors


1. Athletes should expect to be removed from the WCPP if they fail to comply with the criteria set out for retention on the WCPP. However, the Panel can choose to retain an athlete with a documented performance limiting factor such as injury, illness or pregnancy. In coming to this decision the Panel will use the following guidelines. 2. In this section (section 5) references to the WCPP Athlete Year shall refer to and be interpreted in accordance with the table below. Each WCPP Athlete Year is a calendar year starting on 1 December and ending 30 November. Year 0: The first year interrupted by a performance limiting injury or, in the case of pregnancy, the year that the baby is due to be born. 2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013 2013/2014

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

2011/2012 2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015

2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016

2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017

Injury or illness 3. A performance limiting injury is considered to be an injury or illness (or combination of injuries and illnesses) which results in partial or no training for at least 3 months intermittent or continuous in any single WCPP Athlete Year. 4. Athletes who suffered a performance limiting injury in the 2011/2012 or 2012/2013 WCPP Athlete Years will be retained on the WCPP for 2013/2014 if they meet the guidelines set out at paragraphs 8 16 below and: a. BAs Chief Medical Officer considers that they have a positive prognosis to return to performance levels that match the aims of the WCPP; and b. the athlete is fully compliant with their rehabilitation programme; and c. the Panel considers that the athlete still merits membership of the WCPP based on the Selection Criteria. 5. Athletes who suffered a performance limiting injury in the 2012/2013 WCPP Athlete Year will be retained on the WCPP for 2013/2014 if they meet the guidelines at 4 above. If they are to be retained on the WCPP after 2013/2014 they will have to meet the guidelines at 4 above and 8 17 below, as well as any applicable new guidelines introduced by BA for the relevant WCPP Athlete Year. 6. Where an athlete is retained on the WCPP for 2013/2014under this Section 5, they may be retained at their existing level or retained without an Athlete Personal Award (under the WCPP Athlete Agreement) but with the other benefits of the WCPP. 7. Previous success alone cannot be used to justify continued support. A and B level athletes 8. Athletes will be expected to produce performances at least equating to top 16 (track/road) or top 12 (field & combined events) at the IAAF World Championships/Olympic Games within one WCPP Athlete Year (Year 1), followed by a return back to full compliance with the criteria governing retention on the WCPP within the

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2013-14 WCPP Selection Policy Olympic Athletes following WCPP Athlete Year (Year 2). For the avoidance of doubt, either the last World Championships or Olympic Games (whichever is most recent) will be used to determine the applicable performance levels for the relevant WCPP Athlete Year. For years in which neither a World Championships or Olympic Games are held (such as 2014), the most recent World Championships will be used to determine the applicable performance levels for that Athlete Year. 9. If the athlete is not able to return to a top 16 (track) or top 12 (field & combined events) level in Year 1 (see above) and the injury is deemed sufficiently severe to warrant another year of rehabilitation, the athlete may (at the discretion of BA) be given a final year to continue to rehabilitate the injury. If this is the case they will be expected to return to competition in Year 2 (producing performances at least equating to top 16 (track/road) or 12 (field & combined events) at the World Championships/Olympic Games) followed by a return back to full compliance with the criteria governing retention on the programme in Year 3. 10. If the athlete suffers a performance limiting injury in Year 2 he/she may be exited from the WCPP, unless the athlete has achieved the required performance in Year 2 prior to the injury occurring. The injury may be related to the initial performance limiting injury or be a separate issue or combination of issues. C level athletes 11. Athletes will be expected to produce performances at least equating to the B standard set by British Athletics governing selection for the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships within one WCPP Athlete Year (Year 1), followed by a return back to full compliance with the criteria governing retention on the WCPP within the following WCPP Athlete Year (Year 2). A copy of the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championship Selection Policy, published by British Athletics in June 2013, can be found at www.BritishAthletics.org.uk. 12. If the athlete has a performance limiting injury in Year 2 he/she may be exited from the WCPP, unless the athlete has achieved the required performance in Year 2 prior to the injury occurring. This may be related to the initial performance limiting injury, or be a separate issue or combination of issues; D level athletes 13. Athletes will be expected to produce performances at least equating to the relevant WCPP selection criteria within one WCPP Athlete Year (Year 1), followed by a return back to full compliance with the rules governing retention on the WCPP within the following WCPP Athlete Year (Year 2). 14. If the athlete has a performance limiting injury in Year 2 he/she may be exited from the WCPP, unless the athlete has achieved the required performance in Year 2 prior to the injury occurring. This may be related to the initial performance limiting injury, or be a separate issue or combination of issues. E level athletes 15. Athletes will be expected to return back to full compliance with the rules governing retention on the WCPP within one WCPP Athlete Year (Year 1). Relay athletes 16. There will be no guaranteed extended medical support for individuals that are current members of the WCPP as relay athletes only. Pregnancy 17. Athletes who have given birth in the 2011/2012 or 2012/2013 WCPP Athlete Years will be retained on the WCPP for 2013/2014 if they meet the guidelines set out at point 21 below and: a. the athlete is fully compliant with any advice that BAs Chief Medical Officer gives them regarding training and preparation pre- and post- the birth of their child; and b. the Panel considers that the athlete still merits membership of the WCPP based on the Selection Criteria (Section 2).

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2013-14 WCPP Selection Policy Olympic Athletes 18. Athletes who have given birth in the 2012/2013 Athlete Year or who are (or will be) pregnant as at 1 December 2013 will be retained on the WCPP for 2013/2014 if they meet the guidelines set out in points 17.a and b above. If they are to be retained on the WCPP after 2013/2014 they will have to meet the guidelines at paragraphs 17.a above and 21 below, as well as any applicable new Selection Criteria introduced by BA for the relevant WCPP Athlete Year. 19. Where an athlete is retained on the WCPP for 2013/2014 due to Pregnancy, they may be retained on the WCPP at their existing level or retained without an APA but with the other benefits of membership of the WCPP. 20. Previous success alone cannot be used to justify continued support. 21. Athletes who have given birth or will give birth in Athlete Year 2012/13 and who wish to remain in the WCPP will be expected to achieve a performance within one WCPP Athlete Year (Year 1) , followed by a return back to full compliance with the rules governing retention on the WCPP within the following WCPP Athlete Year (Year 2). The performances required in Year 1 are as follows: a. A and B athletes: a performance at least equating to top 16 (track/road) or top 12 (field & combined events) at the most recent World Championships/Olympic Games, as further explained in paragraph 8 above; b. C athletes: a performance at least equating to the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships B standard (as recorded in British Athletics' Selection Policy for those Championships, as referenced in paragraph 11 above); c. D and E athletes: a performance that meets the WCPP selection criteria for that level (Section 2);

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Section 6: Procedures for Appeals Relating to WCPP Decisions


Introduction Application of these Procedures (Procedures) 1. British Athletics (BA) receives grant funding from UK Sport in order to deliver an elite sport performance programme known as the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP). In the administration of the WCPP, BA is responsible for the management and operation of the WCPP and the allocation and distribution of certain funds pursuant to the WCPP. 2. In particular, BA recommends which athletes should be included on the WCPP, with the list of athletes reviewed at six monthly intervals. As part of this process, BA may propose that new athletes are included on the list, athletes are excluded from the list, or propose that the level of an athlete is altered on the list. Any exercise of this function shall be referred to in these procedures as a WCPP Decision. 3. These Procedures and the right to an appeal process are primarily intended to apply to athletes who are included within the WCPP at the date of the WCPP Decision. However, in certain very exceptional circumstances and at the sole discretion of BA, the Procedures may be used by an athlete not currently on the WCPP who is considered for inclusion within the WCPP but not selected. In these circumstances only, the Procedures should be read accordingly as if they applied to such athletes. 4. These Procedures are binding on BA and on each athlete who is seeking selection to the WCPP run by BA (the Parties). 5. Athletes are entitled to appeal to BA prior to the WCPP Decision being implemented. These Procedures shall be read in conjunction with the applicable selection procedures (the 2013-14 WCPP Selection Policy Olympic Athletes), which governs the WCPP (referred to in these Procedures as the Selection Procedures). These Appeals Procedures and the Selection Procedures are referred to collectively in these Procedures as ''the Supporting Documents''. 6. This is the only applicable appeals procedure and forms the entire agreement between the Parties as to how WCPP Decisions are to be challenged. The Parties agree to submit any dispute concerning any matter connected with or arising out of a WCPP Decision to binding arbitration in accordance with the provisions of these Procedures. The Parties agree that they will not commence, continue or maintain any legal challenge to any matter falling under the jurisdiction of these Procedures, or any decision made under these Procedures, before any court of law or other dispute resolution body. The Parties will treat all decisions under these Procedures as final and binding upon each of them. 7. The Parties agree that these Procedures are to be treated as an arbitration procedure under Part 1 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act) and the provisions of Rule 6 above amount to a binding arbitration agreement for the purposes of section 6 of the Act. The seat of the Arbitration shall be England.

Grounds for Appeal 8. These Procedures shall only apply to WCPP Decisions and not to any grievances in relation to the WCPP generally. 9. The grounds upon which a WCPP Decision may be appealed are limited to the following: a. there has been a failure by BA to follow the relevant Selection Procedure (i.e. there has been a procedural defect); or b. the WCPP Decision has been reached on the basis of an error of fact. 10. Please note that in reaching WCPP Decisions, the WCPP Selection Panel act as experts and athletes should consider carefully whether either of the grounds of appeal set out above applies before bringing an appeal.

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2013-14 WCPP Selection Policy Olympic Athletes How to Appeal 11. First Appeal a. An appeal under these Procedures is commenced when an athlete affected by a WCPP Decision makes a formal written appeal (the Notice of Appeal) to the Chairman of BAs WCPP Selection Panel ("the Chairman"). If the athlete fails to submit the Notice of Appeal within the time limit set out in Rule 11.b below, he or she will automatically lose their right of appeal under these Procedures, unless in the opinion of the Chairman (acting reasonably) it was not practical or if there was some other good reason for the submission to be made within the time limit. b. Any athlete who wishes to appeal a WCPP Decision should submit their case in writing (by email) to the Chairman in the first instance. This must be received by the Chairman within ten working days of the WCPP Decision being communicated to the athlete (referred to in these Procedures as the Notification). In these Procedures, references to working days exclude weekends and Bank Holidays and the date on which the WCPP Decision was communicated shall be the date the Notification was sent by email (provided no error message was received). c. The Notification from BA shall contain the following information: i. the reasons for and the effect of the WCPP Decision; ii. the date the WCPP Decision was made; iii. the date the WCPP Decision takes effect; iv. copies of the Supporting Documents and the Notice of Appeal. d. The Chairman will consider the appealing athletes case and may, where he agrees that the WCPP Decision was based on an error of fact or a procedural defect, refer the WCPP Decision to the WCPP Selection Panel for re-consideration. The Chairman shall notify his/her decision to the athlete (the Chairmans Decision) within five working days of receipt of the Notice of Appeal. The Chairmans Decision will include the reasons for the decision. 12. Second Appeal a. If the athlete is unsatisfied with the Chairmans Decision then he/she must then serve to the Chairman of the WCPP Selection Panel a second formal written appeal (the Second Notice of Appeal) together with a deposit of 250. The Second Notice of Appeal must be received by the Chairman within 5 working days of the date on which the Chairmans Decision was sent to him/her (unless a longer time period has been set by BA and stated in the Notification or the Chairmans Decision). b. The 250 deposit shall be returned to the athlete only in the event that the athletes appeal is successful (in whole or in part). Costs incurred by an athlete in relation to the appeal are to be met by the athlete in all cases. c. Both the Notice of Appeal and the Second Notice of Appeal must set out the grounds of the appeal and include full details of the basis of the appeal. Each of the Notice of Appeal and Second Notice of Appeal should be as full as possible as they will form the basis of the remainder of these Procedures. d. If a Second Notice of Appeal is not served within the time period set out in Rule 12.a. above or if the 250 deposit is not included with the Second Notice of Appeal, the Second Notice of Appeal shall not be considered unless in the sole opinion of BA it was not reasonably practical for submission within the time limit. e. Following receipt of a Second Notice of Appeal, BA shall forthwith at its sole discretion appoint an Appeals Panel in accordance with Rules 12.f. and 12.g. below and shall notify the athlete of the composition of the Appeals Panel. f. The Appeals Panel shall comprise three independent people, one of whom shall be designated by BA as Chairman. The Appeals Panel shall have the powers set out in Rules 12.k. to 12.m. and 13 to 16 below. g. In determining the composition of the Appeals Panel, BA shall ensure that the appeal will be conducted fairly and impartially. The Appeals Panel shall not include any member of the WCPP Selection Panel or individuals with any connection to the athlete or the matters being considered and, for the avoidance of doubt, the Appeals Panel may not comprise employees or officials of British Athletics. h. Should a member of the Appeals Panel become unable to hear the appeal following the appointment of the Appeals Panel for whatever reason, British Athletics shall appoint a replacement member.

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2013-14 WCPP Selection Policy Olympic Athletes i. An athlete may object to the composition of the Appeals Panel by notifying British Athletics in writing of the objection and setting out the reasons for such an objection (the notification shall be referred to as "an Objection'') no later than five working days from the date of receipt of the notification of composition of the Appeals Panel in 11.e. above. BA shall, within five working days from the date of receipt of any Objection, notify the athlete that either: i. the composition of the Appeals Panel has changed (in which case BA shall provide details of the new Appeals Panel); or ii. the composition of the Appeals Panel has not changed (in which case BA shall give reasons why it has not accepted the athletes Objection). The decision by BA on the composition of the Appeals Panel shall be final. The Appeals Panel will proceed by way of a hearing at which the athlete and BA may present written evidence and may make oral submissions. As soon as reasonably practicable, and in any event within fifteen working days from the date of receipt by BA of the Second Notice of Appeal or (if later) within seven working days from the date BA responds to the Objection under Rule 11.5 (as appropriate), the Chairman of the Appeals Panel shall give such directions (to both the athlete and BA) as are appropriate for consideration of the Second Appeal, namely the date and place at which the Appeals Panel will hear the appeal and the timetable for the exchange of written evidence and details of any witnesses that are to be called. Not less than five working days' notice will be given prior to the date of the hearing. The athlete is entitled to attend the hearing and present his case and be accompanied by one other person who may act as the athlete's representative. Witnesses may be called and cross-examined provided this is notified to the Appeals Panel in accordance with Rule 11.l. The Appeals Panel shall meet on the date notified to the athlete and BA under Rule 12.i. (or, where this becomes impracticable, such other date as the Appeals Panel may notify to the athlete and BA) and shall no later than two working days after hearing the appeal inform the athlete and BA of its decision together with written reasons for its decision. The decision of the Appeals Panel shall be final and binding. The Appeals Panel shall be entitled to record the appeal hearing, including the decision reached, in whatever form this shall take.

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Powers of the Appeals Panel 13. The Appeals Panel may at its sole discretion disregard any failure by a party to adhere to these Procedures and may give such further directions as may be appropriate. 14. The Chairman of the Appeals Panel may, at any time after a Second Notice of Appeal has been given, make such directions whether or not made at the request of the parties, for the proper conduct of the appeal as he or she deems may be reasonably necessary for the fair conduct of the appeal, including changes to the procedure set out in these Procedures. 15. The Appeals Panel may decide as follows: a. That the WCPP Decision be set aside as it was based on an error of fact or procedurally flawed and the matter of the athlete's inclusion within the WCPP remitted for fresh consideration to BAs WCPP Selection Panel (or such members of that Panel as its Chairman considers appropriately qualified to re-consider the matter); or b. That the WCPP Decision be upheld and the athletes appeal be rejected. 16. The Panel may also make recommendations for the future revision and/or smoother execution of the WCPP Selection and Appeals Process, which should be considered by BA. Amendment

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2013-14 WCPP Selection Policy Olympic Athletes 17. BA reserves the right to amend these Procedures at its sole discretion and will make the amended version publically available. An athletes continuing membership of the WCPP shall be deemed as continued acceptance of these Procedures as amended. Correspondence 18. Any notification, correspondence or any other document submitted under these Procedures shall be sent by email and such document shall be deemed to have been received by the intended recipient on the date of transmission, provided no error message is received. 19. Any notification or correspondence for BA shall be marked for the attention for the applicable person and sent to: British Athletics, Athletics House, Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2BE, OR; appeals@britishathletics.org.uk

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