Marvin Anderson elected president of Olympians Association of Jamaica

By December 10, 2019

Marvin Anderson was elected President of the Olympian Association of Jamaica (OAJ) during the association’s very first Annual General Meeting held on Friday, December 6, at the offices of the Sports Development Foundation on Phoenix Avenue, Kingston.

Anderson, 37, represented Jamaica at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and competed in the 200 metres. He replaces the previous president Vilma Charlton. The 72-year-old Charlton represented Jamaica in the 100m at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

Anderson will lead an administration comprised of Secretary, Cathy Rattray Samuel and Treasurer, Allan Marsh. Charlton, Davian Clarke, Sherone Simpson, and Nelson Stokes are executive members.

He said he plans to take the association forward in an effort to broaden its reach, increase its membership and increase awareness.

“I am humbled by the confidence shown by my fellow Olympians. The Executive looks forward to supporting and representing our Olympians and contributing to the enhancement of their quality of life,” said Anderson. “The team looks forward to forging multiple partnerships to promote the ideals of Olympism throughout Jamaica.”

Anderson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

The Olympians Association of Jamaica was formed in 2005, 10 years after the formation of the World Olympian Association in 1995. The OAJ has been tasked with a mandate of uniting Olympians, representing them and serving their needs throughout their lifetimes, and to promote Olympism.

The OAJ has a membership of 58.

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