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Emma Pooley appointed to UK Anti-Doping Athlete Committee

Emma Pooley appointed to UK Anti-Doping Athlete Committee

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British Cycling Olympic Podium Programme rider Emma Pooley has been appointed to the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Athlete Committee.

The 30-year-old, a time trial world champion in 2010 and Olympic silver medallist in 2008, is one of five new members to the group which provides guidance on anti-doping policy and programmes.

“It is a real honour to have been selected to sit on this committee,” Pooley said. “It is a great opportunity to contribute as much as I can to the fight against doping in sport, and also to join my fellow members in representing the views and concerns of athletes.

“I very much look forward to working with UK Anti-Doping.”

In addition to Pooley, double Olympic gold medal-winning rower Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE, Great Britain and England hockey international Patrick Smith, London 2012 Great Britain sitting volleyball captain turned paracanoeist Emma Wiggs and former British Davis Cup tennis player Jamie Baker will also join the committee.

"It is a great opportunity to contribute as much as I can to the fight against doping in sport."

Emma Pooley

The committee, which has been active for three years and is chaired by UK Anti-Doping Board member and professor at the University of Bedfordshire John Brewer, assists in reviewing and recommending effective ways to engage athletes, support persons and sporting organisations and solicits and shares athlete feedback on all aspects of UK Anti-Doping programmes and activities.

Its remit also includes a need to work with other Athlete Committees to ensure the wider views of athletes are brought to the attention of UK Anti-Doping.

The new appointments join the six current committee members, who were appointed in May 2010. Members are appointed for their experience of, and commitment to, anti-doping, as well as their understanding of the national and international sporting environment and their sport discipline.

Athlete committee chair professor John Brewer said: “I am delighted to welcome these new members to 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 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.”