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Davis-Thompson shocked with presentation of Veterans Pin

SHELDON LONGLEY
Guardian Sports Editor
slongley@nasguard.com

Published: Aug 19, 2013

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MOSCOW, Russia – The grand lady of Bahamian athletes, Pauline Davis-Thompson, said that it was a joy to receive an IAAF Veterans Pin during the organization’s 49th congress before the start of the world championships, and she is looking forward to continuing to serve in her position in the world of track and field.

Davis-Thompson became the second Bahamian, and the first Bahamian female, to be elected to the council of the world’s governing body for athletics, when she was successful in 2007. She was re-elected in 2011, and is here in Moscow, Russia, as a representative of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). The 14th biennial IAAF World Championships wrapped up yesterday.

Davis-Thompson also served as member of the IAAF women’s committee from 2003 to 2007. As an athlete, she did it all, winning at every level, and as a coach, she mentored and guided a number of Olympians, including Bahamian Christine Amertil and American Monique Hennagan, coaching them to the Olympic final in the women’s 400m in Athens, in 2004.

Still, a humble Davis-Thompson said that receiving the IAAF Veterans Pin came as a surprise to her.

“It made me feel really good because it came from my region (NACAC - North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association),” said Davis-Thompson. “That shows me that they are very pleased with the work that I have been doing for the area, and the world, and coming from my colleagues who are watching the things that I am doing on the council, that made me feel really good.

“It says that people are watching, and you must keep working. That’s what I’m doing. I continue to work very hard for our country, very and for our region and very hard for the world of athletics.”

Davis-Thompson is representing the IAAF, and not The Bahamas nor the region, here in Moscow, although she said that her heart will always be in The Bahamas.

She said that one of the things that the IAAF is looking to do for the world of athletics is to make it a tangible product for every human being. They want people the world over to be able to see and interact with the world’s best athletes.

“The IAAF would like to see track and field becoming much more global – to the point where it is held in every area of the world and not just European based,” said Davis-Thompson. “Here we have the world relays coming to The Bahamas next year, and that’s a step in the right direction. Every area of the world must be touched when it comes to athletics, and that is something that is high on the IAAF’s agenda at this time.”

The 14th IAAF World Championships just wrapped up yesterday – it represented the sixth straight world outdoor championships that was held in either Europe or Asia. Davis-Thompson said that she fully supports the IAAF’s global venture, as it will continue to build athletics as one of the world’s most popular sports.

 

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