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Edmunds selected onto UK Anti-Doping Athlete Committee

25 May 2010

Paralympic gold medallist Graham Edmunds is one of 10 members selected to join UK Anti-Doping’s new Athlete Committee.

Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports are all represented on the Committee, the aim of which will be to provide advice on all matters relating to anti-doping. The first meeting is due to take place in early August.

The Committee, which will be chaired by UK Anti-Doping Board member and British Handball Chair, Professor John Brewer, will have the responsibility of working with other athlete-centred groups to ensure the wider views of the athlete community are represented, as well as engaging with athletes to collect feedback on UK Anti-Doping programmes. Members will be expected to contribute to the Committee’s work through their experience of, and commitment to, anti-doping, as well as their understanding of the national and international sporting environment.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive, Andy Parkinson, said: “I am delighted that we have finalised the membership of 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 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 between UK Anti-Doping and the athlete community.”

Today marks five years of the 100% me programme, which encourages athletes to make a commitment to doping-free sport as a symbol of their effort, commitment and determination to perform at the highest level without a need to enhance their performance. Since its inception in 2005, the programme has inducted 350 accredited tutors and now has over 40 ambassadors from across elite sport in the UK, who help to support sports in delivering targeted outreach events to inform and promote key anti-doping messages.

The 10 Committee members are:
Graham Edmunds – Paralympic Swimmer
Helene Raynsford – Paralympic Rower
Chloe Rogers – Olympic Hockey player
Emily Freeman – Olympic Track and Field athlete
Clarke Carlisle – Professional Footballer
Jon Wilkin – Professional RFL player
Martin Corry – Professional RFU player
Henry Nwume – Olympic Bobsleigh athlete
Support Personnel
Iain Gowans - Athlete Services Manager, British Paralympic Association.
Ian Smith - Legal Director, Team England Player Representative

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