Allysa Seely has been named vice-chair of the World Triathlon Athletes' Committee ©Getty Images

Hungarian Tamas Tóth has been re-elected as chair of the World Triathlon Athletes' Committee, while back-to-back Paralympic champion Allysa Seely of the United States has been made vice-chair, becoming the first Para triathlete Executive Board member.

Tóth, who was the chair in the last Athletes' Committee, will also provide athlete representation on the Board.

Seely was elected for the first time to one of the two Para triathlete spots and later into the vice-chair position by her peers on the panel.

The new Athletes' Committee met for the first time today to vote on the two chair positions in line with the Constitution that requires one male and one female from two different continents to represent them.

"I'm honoured to represent the athletes' voice for the second term," said Tóth.

"The past two years [on the Athletes' Committee] were mainly about restarting racing and being able to hold the Olympic qualifications as fair and safe for all as possible.

"Now it’s time to fine-tune some of the measures we have been discussing for a long time and finish the postponed projects and work towards our future goals, positioning athletes in the heart of the organisation. 

"It was really good to see the shining and motivated eyes of our new and old Committee members, I'm looking forward to working with all of them."

Tamas Tóth, right, was re-elected as chair of World Triathlon's Athletes' Committee ©Getty Images
Tamas Tóth, right, was re-elected as chair of World Triathlon's Athletes' Committee ©Getty Images

Seely won her second Paralympic gold at Tokyo 2020, adding to her three world gold medals.

World Triathlon President Marisol Casado praised the new Committee, noting that history had been made with a Para triathlete in a senior position.

"I am so proud of not only the chair and the vice-chair, but all of the athletes that form the Committee, proves that they are really committed with our sport, not only competing at their best but also participating in the governing bodies, expressing always their voice, concerns and suggestions," said Casado.

"We aim to keep the athletes at the heart of our organisation, and to be able to do so, we need them to actively participate in all our discussions. 

"Having two active elite athletes as members of the Board is a great benefit for all. 

"Having for the first time in our organisation a Para athlete sitting at the Board also shows the commitment of all with Para triathlon."