In the “Play of the Day”, Dalton speaks with president of the PanAm Sports Athlete Commission and Olympian Aliann Pompey.
Aliann Pompey is the sprints and hurdles coach at St. Johns University and a former Guyanese sprinter who specialized in the 400 metres. She represented Guyana at the Summer Olympics on four separate occasions (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012) and competed at the World Championships in Athletics eleven times. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Olympians Association and President of the PanAm Sports Athlete Commission.
In this episode, Aliann discusses Athletes Rights and Voice in Sports. She explained why she started Aliann Pompey Invitational and the event’s progress over the years. She shares how she adjusted to performing at the professional level and her experience at her first appearance at a Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Aliann also speaks about:
1. Her favourite Olympic performance (2008)
2. Her decision to retire from competitive athletics
3. What has influenced her to become a sport administrator and advocate
4. The importance of giving back as a retired athlete
The 2002 Commonwealth Games 400m gold medalist also shared her lessons learned in her experience as a sport administration and the evolution of track and field into being more athlete-centred.
Other topics discussed are:
The “Podcast Pick” for this week’s episode is Garry Sobers: My Autobiography.
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