Gold Coast hurdling champion Sally Pearson will help run sport in the country after being appointed to the board of Athletics Australia.
Pearson, who is also the Chair of the Athletes’ Advisory Group, will join the board as a Director.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the Athletics Australia Board, helping the sport to grow and giving our athletes the best chance to achieve their best in competition,” Pearson said.
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“As an athlete and my own coach, I have insights into what it takes to achieve international success at the highest level, I am hoping to help the sport by contributing at the board level.”
The 31-year-old said athlete welfare is a critical area which she and the board are already working on programs “to address this issue.”
Pearson is one of Australia’s greatest Olympians and one of the fastest 100m hurdlers in history.
At the 2012 London Olympic Games she became just the 10th female Australian track athlete to win a gold medal, smashing the Olympic record in the process.