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cherry alexander elected as european athletics vice president 

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Cherry Alexander


13 April 2019 

UK Athletics’ Major Events Director Cherry Alexander has this morning been confirmed as the first ever female Vice President of European Athletics at the 2019 European Athletics Congress in Prague.

The 26th Congress formed an assembly of the Member Federations and was also the 2019 'Election Congress' which saw the election of European Athletics President, Vice-Presidents and Council Members.

The vote sees Alexander take her place alongside the serving and re-elected President Svein Arne Hansen in one of the most senior roles in athletics administration. She is also the first representative from the UK federation on the council for eight years.

Alexander said:

Running for election for one of the top positions in the sport in Europe has been a lifetime ambition and I’m honoured to have been elected.

“As a Federation we have reflected and learned more about what makes a good member within the family and my style has always been one of engagement and listening. I’m proud to represent UK Athletics and look forward to putting all views across.

“As a female in the sport in the early days I recall how challenging it is to have your voice heard and I know how it feels similar for smaller Federations who need to be heard too. I promise I will always remain available and accountable and ensure any concerns are shared at Council level.”

Involved in athletics for the best part of 40 year, Alexander has been instrumental in the success of UK Athletics over the last two decades, working across a multitude of domestic and international competitions. She played a significant part in the athletics competition delivery during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She received an MBE at the end of that year for services to sport and is a previous winner of the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the year ‘Unsung Hero’ Award.

Her biggest success has undoubtedly been in delivering numerous major events on British soil and in playing an integral part in the best-ever staging of the IAAF World Championships and World Para Athletics Championships in London in 2017.

Her tireless work has been spread across the full athletics spectrum, from grassroots to elite performance. Alexander has also worked with clubs and competition providers across the four home nations to create a modernised and athlete focused competition environment.

In November 2017 Cherry was awarded the IAAF Women of the Year title and continued to deliver excellence for the world governing body helping ensure the successful staging of the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in March 2018 and the European Athletics Championships in Glasgow 2019.