Baker Announced As UKAD Athlete Committee Member

Jamie Baker has been named as one of five new members to join to join the Athlete Committee of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

Jamie Baker, on his appointment, said he is delighted to have been selected to sit on this committee and added he is looking forward to putting my commitment and belief in clean sport to some positive use. Baker added the committee represents a unique chance of comparing the differences between athletes from several sports and together we have the opportunity of building the relationship between ourselves and UK Anti-Doping. The retired British professional male tennis player joins double Olympic Gold medal-winning rower Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE, former world time trial winning cyclist Emma Pooley, GB and England hockey International Patrick Smith, London 2012 GB sitting volleyball captain turned paracanoeist Emma Wiggs on the Committee.

The Athlete Committee of UK Anti-Doping offers guidance on anti-doping programs and policies besides assisting in reviewing and recommending effective ways to engage athletes, support persons and sporting organizations and solicits and shares athlete feedback on all aspects of UK Anti-Doping programs and activities. This committee’s remit also includes a requirement to work with other Athlete Committees to ensure the wider views of athletes are brought to the attention of UK Anti-Doping. The Committee is chaired by John Brewer, UK Anti-Doping Board member and Professor at the University of Bedfordshire. It has been active for three years and members to the committee are appointed for their experience of, and commitment to, anti-doping, along with their understanding of the national and international sporting environment and their sport discipline.

Athlete Committee Chair Professor John Brewer said he is delighted to welcome these new members to our Athlete Committee. He added 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 and therefore it is very pleasing we had such a large pool of applicants to select from 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 with the athlete community.

Emma Wiggs said it is a real privilege and honor to have been selected to sit on this Committee.  Emma further remarked she is passionate about anti-doping and the pursuit of clean sport and this is a fantastic opportunity to work with her fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes. Emma Pooley said it is a real honor to have been selected to sit on this Committee and it is a great opportunity to contribute as much as she can to the fight against doping in sport, and also to join her fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes. Patrick Smith said it is fantastic to be given the opportunity to prove his commitment to anti-doping, and also to sit alongside his fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes at such an important time in UK sport. He further added he is very much looking forward to playing his part in building the relationship between ourselves and UK Anti-Doping, and will carry out his duties with great diligence and enthusiasm in order to help keep sport clean for all.

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