Marvin Anderson was elected President of the Olympians 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 veteran Olympian, Charlton, first represented Jamaica at the Olympics in the 100m at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Anderson will lead an administration comprised of General 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 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 Southern California (USC) and a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Université 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 to unite Olympians, represent them and serve their needs throughout their lifetime, and to promote Olympism.
The OAJ currently has a membership of 58.