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UKAD announce five new Athlete Committee members

Emma Wiggs won World Paracanoe Gold at the 2013 Championships in Germany

Emma Wiggs won World Paracanoe Gold at the 2013 Championships in Germany

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has announced five new members to the Athlete Committee.

The five new Committee members are: double Olympic Gold medal-winning rower Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE, former world time trial winning cyclist Emma Pooley, GB and England hockey International Patrick Smith, London 2012 GB sitting volleyball captain turned paracanoeist Emma Wiggs and former British Davis Cup tennis player Jamie Baker.

UK Anti-Doping’s Athlete Committee provides guidance on anti-doping policy and programmes.  It assists in reviewing and recommending effective ways to engage athletes, support persons and sporting organisations and solicits and shares athlete feedback on all aspects of UK Anti-Doping programmes and activities.  Its remit also includes a need to work with other Athlete Committees to ensure the wider views of athletes are brought to the attention of UK Anti-Doping.

The Committee has been active for three years and is chaired by John Brewer, UK Anti-Doping Board member and Professor at the University of Bedfordshire. These five join six Committee members, who were appointed in May 2010. Members are appointed for their experience of, and commitment to, anti-doping, as well as their understanding of the national and international sporting environment and their sport discipline.

Athlete Committee Chair Professor John Brewer said: “I am delighted to welcome these new members to our Athlete Committee. It is vitally important to UK Anti-Doping that athletes feel engaged with our work and have confidence that their views and opinions are being listened to. Therefore it is very pleasing we had such a large pool of applicants to select from that we have been able to form a diverse group from across elite sport in the UK, who can help to ensure a close working relationship with the athlete community.”

Emma Wiggs, fresh back from winning Gold at the Paracanoe World Championships, said: “It is a real privilege and honour to have been selected to sit on this Committee.  I am passionate about anti-doping and the pursuit of clean sport and this is a fantastic opportunity to work with my fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes. I very much look forward to helping to build and develop the partnership between us as athletes and UK Anti-Doping.”

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Emma Pooley (left) said: “It is a real honour to have been selected to sit on this Committee. It is a great opportunity to contribute as much as I can to the fight against doping in sport, and also to join my fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes. I very much look forward to working with UK Anti-Doping.”

Patrick Smith said: ““It is an honour to have been nominated and selected as a member of the UKAD Athlete committee. It is fantastic to be given the opportunity to not only prove my commitment to anti-doping, but also to sit alongside my fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes at such an important time in UK sport. I very much look forward to playing my part in building the relationship between ourselves and UK Anti-Doping, and will carry out my duties with great diligence and enthusiasm in order to help keep sport clean for all."

Jamie Baker said: I am delighted to have been selected to sit on this committee. I am looking forward to putting my commitment and belief in clean sport to some positive use. The committee represents a unique chance of comparing the differences between athletes from several sports and together we have the opportunity of building the relationship between ourselves and UK Anti-Doping.”

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