Sport medical personnel working with some of the UK’s leading athletes met at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on Monday 15 September 2014 for the inaugural UK Anti-Doping Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) Forum.
The Forum promotes and encourages knowledge transfer within the athlete support community, and ensures ASP recognise and understand their important role in keeping sport clean.
The Forum was delivered with four months to go to the implementation of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. Delegates were given an overview of the 2015 Code by UKAD Legal Officer Jason Torrance, with a specific focus on the increased level of responsibility for ASP.
This was followed by an update on the World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List from UKAD Head of Science and Medicine Nick Wojek. Other speakers included Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Committee member Dr Mike Loosemore and Sport Scotland National Trainer Dr Kate Jordan, who led a debate on ‘Medical Ethics v Elite Sport – Harmony or Conflict’.
British Olympic Association (BOA) Intensive Rehabilitation Unit Manager James Moore said: “Whenever a new World Anti-Doping Code comes out there is always a level of anxiety among practitioners about what to expect and how to deal with the changes. A really important part of today’s Forum was UKAD delivering the key messages around this topic and clearly identifying how this will impact upon us.”
Over 30 representatives from the National Governing Bodies of Sport and other sporting organisations attended the Forum, consisting predominantly of medical professionals.
James Moore added: “The event has attracted such a wide variety of sports and some of the best people in their disciplines. I think it is great UKAD has initiated this and engaged with this group. The day was really beneficial.”
UKAD Director of Communications and Education Nicola Newman said: “UKAD appreciates the vital role athlete support personnel play in promoting the values of clean sport and the trust athletes place in them to provide accurate and clear anti-doping advice.
“This Forum was an important opportunity to engage with this group and ensure they appreciate their expanded role and responsibilities ahead of the 2015 Code.”