Pernille Blume: Breaking Barriers and Shaping the Future of Aquatics

Pernille Blume, Olympic swimming champion, named to World Aquatics Bureau

Pernille Blume, a three-time Olympian for Denmark, achieved her greatest swimming success by winning gold in the 50m freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympics. In addition to her Olympic gold, the 30-year-old Blume is also a double Olympic bronze medalist and three-time World Champion. She now works professionally in the health and wellness field and is the creator of the online wellness platform Align by Blume.

As a member of the World Aquatics Bureau, Blume brings her experience as an athlete to help shape the future of aquatics. The Bureau consists of 18 national-level aquatics athletes, including nine women added at the 2022 World Aquatics Congress, representing 39 percent of the gender balance within the organization. The goal is to ensure an inclusive and balanced community where both men and women have equal opportunities to participate in decision-making processes in the sport.

The Bureau is led by World Aquatics President Husain Al-Musallam, who has stated that this proportion will be the minimum for future Bureau compositions, with the ultimate goal being a 50-50 split between men and women in leadership positions. The term of office for a Bureau Member is four years, renewable twice, with the next composition being voted on by the World Aquatics Membership at a Congress in 2025.

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