Donna Raynor has been selected to the World Athletics Development Commission.
Raynor said, “We had to first submit our application form and a resume for the Commission we were interested in with there being 3, Development, Governance and Competition by November 1st. I felt my area of expertise was more suitable to the Development Commission. I had to be endorsed by a member of our Board and Mia Bean endorsed my application.”
“We were then notified that out of the 150 applications a number of persons were selected for the next stage which was the interview process and I had been selected to move forward. I was interviewed and felt that it went well as it lasted quite a while and I felt I had sufficiently answered the questions,” continued Raynor.
Raynor went on to say, “I was also aware there were several persons from the NACAC areas who had already submitted applications for the 3 commissions as well.”
Raybir continued, “I was then notified in January that it was confirmed that the Nominations Panel would like to progress my Development Commission application to the vetting stage of the process.”
“We had been advised that each commission would have at the most 12 persons. One thing with the preparation for Carifta it kind of took my mind off my application for this Commission. I was so pleased and excited when I received the email stating that I was successful in my application to the World Athletics Development Commission,” said Raynor
Raynor continued, “I also received "Congratulations from World Athletics President Sebastian Coe".
Coe’s letter to Raynor stated, “It is my pleasure to congratulate you on your recent appointment as Member of the Development Commission.
On 12 March 2020, upon the recommendation of the Nominations Panel, the World Athletics Council approved your appointment to the Commission through until the conclusion of the 2023 Election Congress.
We know you will add considerable value and insight to the Commission over this period and look forward to your input and contributions as we collectively aim to further grow and develop the sport.
This is exciting and a great step for little Bermuda being appointed to the World Athletics Commission. On each commission we have 3 persons from our region representing. This shows that they are appreciating and respecting how we are running the sport of athletics in Bermuda.
I am sure once we get through this COVID-19 the roles, responsibilities. projects and meeting dates will be finalized and confirmed.
Some of the role and responsibilities:-
• Advise on the growth and development of Athletics worldwide to build skills and capacity,
• increase levels of participation from grassroots to elite and help address social issues such as health and wellbeing.
• The scope will include matters such as: − Measures and activities to increase participation across all age groups especially youth/ schools
• Monitor and evaluate programmes and activities delivered by or on behalf of World Athletics including e-learning and development and high performance programmes in the Areas −
• Policy for grants and support to Member Federations and Area Associations for capacity building and development
• Education and training programmes for coaches, officials and administrators including the Coaches Education & Certification System
• Partnerships with key organisations, institutions and government agencies
• Promotion and protection of the values of athletics worldwide
• Policies related to sustainability, safeguarding, gender equity, medical, health and science issues affecting development of athletics