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Daria Schneider Steps Down as Athlete Director, Election to be Held for USA Fencing Board Role

01/21/2021, 9:45am CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Daria Schneider.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – After more than eight years in her role as an athlete director member of the USA Fencing Board of Directors, two-time Senior World team medalist Daria Schneider (Brookline, Mass.) will be stepping down from the role in order to focus on other volunteer roles within USA Fencing and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

The head men’s and women’s fencing coach at Harvard, Schneider was elected by the USOPC Athletes Advisory Council to serve as an AAC representative on the USOPC Board of Directors.

Adam Watson (Hoboken, N.J.), a 2014 Senior World Team member who is currently USA Fencing’s alternate representative to the USOPC, will become the fencing representative.

Elections will be held to fill the open athlete director position which will assume the role of alternate USOPC AAC representative. The term will conclude after the Closing Ceremony of the 2021 Olympic Games. As USOPC policy dictates that each NGB’s AAC representatives must include one male and one female athlete, candidates for the vacant positions must be female and meet the following requirements:

  • Athlete must have represented the United States during the last 10 years at one of the following competitions: Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Senior World Championships, Wheelchair World Championships or Pan American Games.

All athletes, male and female, who meet the above requirements will be eligible to vote in the election.

Nominations for the athlete director position will be accepted through Feb. 9. Individuals interested in running for the athlete director position or nominating an individual to be considered should submit their nomination to international@usafencing.org.

The election will be held electronically from Feb. 12-19.

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