Guyanese Olympian Aliann Pompey elected president of Pan Am Athletes Commission

By December 10, 2019

Guyanese Olympian Alian Pompey is the new president of the PanAm Sports Athlete Commission.

The quarter-miler who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, was elected at the first meeting with the new PanAm Sports Athlete Commission members on December 6 at the PanAm Sports headquarters in Mexico City.

The members of the commission were selected during the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

“Honestly I was a little bit surprised,” said the 41-year-old Pompey after being elected.

“I wanted to give it a shot because I think it’s a tremendous honour to lead the Commission and it was obviously something I would love to do so, I am very, very happy with the outcome. It is a lot of work and I quickly realized that once we went through the timeline and what’s expected in the upcoming years, but I think we are a very collaborative group and with everyone working together we will do great things.”

Three standing members of the Athlete Commission who were elected at Toronto 2015 — Carlos Santiago (PUR – Judo), Adriana Escobar (ESA – Rowing) and Aliann Pompey (GUY – Athletics) — were eligible for the post of president.  Pompey and Santiago stood for the election.

The other members of the commission are Isabel Swan of Brazil), Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada, Paola Longoria of Mexico), Tony Azevedo of the United States and Amber Joseph of Barbados.

The new members will serve on the Athlete Commission until the 2027 Pan American Games. Pompey’s term as president will end at the 2023 Pan Am Games in Santiago, Chile.

“We are all thrilled to be on the PanAm Sports Athlete Commission because it’s a way for us to have a meaningful impact in our sport and region outside of actual competition,” Pompey said.

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