Two UK representatives have been elected to two of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Standing Committees for 2015.
Former Paralympian Vicki Aggar (nee Hansford) has been elected to the WADA Athlete Committee, joining fellow Briton Adam Pengilly. Aggar, a National Trainer within UKAD’s Education Delivery Network and former Athlete Services Manager at the British Paralympic Association (BPA), won 100m gold in athletics at the Wheelchair and Amputee World Games in 2005 before switching her attention to rowing, winning world titles in 2006 and 2009 as well as a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Aggar was elected following a joint nomination by UKAD, the BPA and the British Olympic Association. The appointment commences on 1 January 2015 and will be a term of three years.
Aggar said: “Clean sport is a fundamental right for any athlete and the World Anti-Doping Code was implemented to protect that need. WADA’s Athlete Committee provides athletes from across the world with a chance to voice and share their views for the good of sport.
“I am delighted to be able to join the Committee and further influence and support the fight against doping in sport by representing the views of athletes in the UK.”
UKAD Director of Communications and Education Nicola Newman has been nominated as an observer on the WADA Education Committee for 2015. The Education Committee provides expert advice, recommendations and guidance to WADA's management with respect to short-term education strategies and activities, and longer-term approaches to WADA's education programmes. The Committee is also involved in the selection process for WADA-funded social science research projects. The status of observer allows all rights at meetings, apart from voting.
Newman said: “Education is one of the key facets of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and successful strategies are integral in the prevention of doping. WADA’s Education Committee is an opportunity to share expert opinion and best practice on a global level to enable every athlete worldwide the opportunity to understand their rights and responsibilities towards clean sport. I look forward to learning from my colleagues and inputting into future education programmes to ensure the requirements and ambitions in the 2015 Code are effectively coordinated and implemented.”
Nominations for committee membership are sought each year from WADA’s stakeholders, including governments and sports authorities. A rotation system ensures that a portion of members are replaced every year.
The Committees report to the Executive Committee, WADA’s supreme decision-making body.
Visit WADA’s website to consult the memberships to the 2015 Standing Committees.