Katherine Grainger is seeking a second term on the BOA Athletes' Commission ©Getty Images

A total of 18 Olympians have been confirmed they are standing in the elections for the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) Athletes’ Commission.

A total of six positions will be decided by the election, with modern pentathlete Heather Fell, rower Katherine Grainger and sprinter Christian Malcolm all seeking another four-year term.

Rower James Cracknell, hockey’s Kate Richardson-Walsh and diver Leon Taylor are standing down from the Commission.

Among those standing in the election are swimmers Francesca Halsall, Keri-anne Payne and Lizzie Simmonds, as well as diver Sarah Barrow.

Adam Gemili and Andrew Steele are among the nominees from athletics, while Jessica Eddie and Frances Houghton join Grainger as rowers seeking a place on the Commission.

Double Olympic team pursuit gold medallist Joanna Rowsell Shand, canoe sprint’s Ed McKeever, gymnast Bryony Page, taekwondo’s Lutalo Muhammad, volleyball player Lynne Beattie and rugby sevens’ James Rodwell are all standing.

Sochi 2014 skeleton gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold is the sole Winter Olympian among the 18 nominees seeking election.

Applications for nomination were open to all British Olympians who had competed at Summer or Winter Olympics in the last 12 years.

Sochi 2014 gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold is among the 18 nominees for election to the British Olympic Association Athletes' Commission ©Getty Images
Sochi 2014 gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold is among the 18 nominees for election to the British Olympic Association Athletes' Commission ©Getty Images

"I am delighted that the 18 athletes' have decided to put themselves forward to represent the Olympic athlete community and it is great to see such a diverse group of sports represented," said Ben Hawes, chair of the BOA’s Athletes’ Commission.

"Our collective voice plays a crucial role in supporting the BOA to develop an Olympic environment to maximise performance and support athletes throughout their careers as well as beyond them.

"We are urging all eligible athletes to vote and have their say in who represents them at the BOA.

"The next four years is set to be an exciting time for Olympic sport here in the UK given the success of Team GB at Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 and we look forward to welcoming fresh insight and ideas onto the Athletes’ Commission."

The Commission is aimed at using the perspective and expertise of Olympic athletes to aid the initiatives and programmes operated by the BOA.

Voting will take place until November 8, with any athlete who has competed for Team GB in the last 12 years or athletes who are Team GB Gold Club members able to place a vote.

Future Olympians, nominated by their respective sports, will also be eligible to vote.

The successful six athletes will serve a four-year term on the 12-member Commission, which also includes its chair Hawes and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission representative Adam Pengilly.

Basketball player Eric Boateng, short track speed skater Jon Eley, sailor Sarah Gosling, curling’s Claire Hamilton, badminton’s Nathan Robertson and javelin thrower Goldie Sayers are current members of the Commission.