Olympic sprinter Michael Frater appointed president of newly formed Athletes' Commission

By June 04, 2019

The Jamaica Olympic Association has appointed retired Olympic sprinter Michael Frater O.D. as president of a newly created Athletes’ Commission.

The creation of the commission fulfils a mandate from JOA President Christopher Samuda, who prior to coming into office, promised that athletes would have an influential voice at the highest level of sport and a constitutional right to representation.

Accordingly, in a meeting of the general assembly early this year, the JOA's constitution was unanimously amended to create an Athlete Director’s voting position on the board and to expressly recognise the establishment of an Athletes' Commission.

Frater is supported by a strong team of well-known athletes that includes First Vice President Denise Cole (Equestrian) and Second Vice President Sashalee Wallen (Volleyball). Secretary-General is Shawn Barnes (Skeet Shooting) and Treasurer Amal Knight (Football).

Other members of the commission are Chris Binnie (Squash) and Vangelee Williams (Netball).

The 36-year-old Frater, a member of the world record-breaking 4x100m teams at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games, was also the 100m silver medallist at the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

He comes to the position with a wealth of knowledge of and experience in athletes’ affairs across disciplines.

“I am fully aware of the responsibility I have to give a reasoned and an effective voice on behalf of athletes at the national table and, in so doing, to influence positively the development of sports administration. It is a historic achievement for all athletes and I applaud the JOA for its vision and commitment," Frater said.

The soft-spoken Frater is an inductee in the Lettermen’s Hall of Fame at the Texas Christian University. He graduated from TCU with a major in Political Science and a minor in History.

A five-time All American, Frater was named in 2003 Academic All-American and was awarded the 2002 Conference USA Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.

He and his team will work closely with JOA Secretary General/CEO, Ryan Foster, in developing and executing strategic and development plans and in initiating collaborations with other athletes' commissions, as well as global sporting bodies and agencies.

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