Australian Kim Forge has joined the World Curling Federation Board after an election to fill the seat vacated by Catherine Lindahl following her decision to stand down early at the Annual General Assembly in September 2022.
Forge joins the Board for an initial two-year term and defeated her two opponents on the second round of voting.
Forge was the Australian Curling Federation President from 2014–2022 and has worked on a number of World Curling Federation commissions, including the Athlete’s Commission from 2016–2021.
As an athlete, Forge has represented Australia 135 times, competing in eight world championships — four world mixed championships and four world mixed doubles championships.
In 2020, Forge was selected as Australia’s candidate for the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Masters in Sport Organisation Management programme and was awarded a full scholarship from Olympic Solidarity. Forge graduated the programme with High Distinction in September 2022, after presenting research on the subject, “What are the best practices and most effective inclusion strategies to actively engage with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in curling?”
World Curling Federation President Beau Welling said, “I’m thrilled to be able to welcome Kim onto the World Curling Federation Board. Kim has been an enthusiastic and engaged participant in our sport, in a wide variety of capacities, for a number of years. That range of knowledge is extremely valuable for the Federation and the sport overall. I’m excited to talk with Kim about her ideas on how we move our sport forward.”
New World Curling Federation Director Kim Forge said, “I am delighted to join the board of the World Curling Federation. I feel an incredible sense of pride and I look forward to working with the board and our members to advance the sport of curling globally. I bring a passion for the game and a commitment to achieving the best results possible for those involved.”
Competition and Rules Commission Elections
During the election process, three positions were also elected to the Competition and Rules Commission.
The three candidates elected for four-year terms to the commission are: Paul Ahlgren (Sweden), Katja Kiiskinen (Finland), and Nolan Theissen (Canada).
In the first round of voting for the Director position, Susanne Slotsager (Denmark) received 46.15% of the votes, Kim Forge (Australia) received 41.18% of the votes and Li Dongyan (China) received 12.67% of the votes. As no candidate had reached 50%, Li Dongyan was eliminated, and his votes redistributed to the voter’s second choice.
With this redistribution Kim Forge (Australia) received 52.11% of the votes while Susanne Slotsager (Denmark) received 47.89% of the votes.
In the Competition and Rules Commission election, Nolan Thiessen (Canada) received 130 votes, Paul Ahlgren (Sweden) received 129 votes and Katja Kiiskinen (Finland) received 109 votes.