Former Jamaican gymnast Danusia Francis has been elected as a member of the Panam Sports Athlete Commission following a crucial vote held during the Games.
The selection process involved athletes choosing representatives from a pool of eight candidates during the 22-day event.
The Jamaica Gymnastics Association played a pivotal role in her selection, advocating that Francis, who competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, possesses the potential to make a significant impact on the careers of athletes in the Pan American region.
Francis, currently on vacation in Kenya, expressed her excitement about this new responsibility and her eagerness to contribute to the advancement of sports and her adopted country. She shared, “I am very excited as sports and Jamaica have done so much for me, so to be able to contribute to a better future is a great opportunity to give back.”
A chance to positively influence the future of athletics
With a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunities she has received through sports, Francis views this role as a chance to positively influence the future of athletics. She added, “I have huge aspirations; however, I need to enter discussions and formulate my objectives from that.”
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Despite her vacation miles away from the action, Francis is already planning her immediate steps upon her return from Kenya. She is committed to reaching out to Jamaican athletes who have valuable opinions and contributions for the commission. “Once I’m back from Kenya next week, I will find out the best way to connect with Jamaican athletes who have opinions and anything to bring to the commission,” she affirmed.
Francis is eager to foster collaboration and ensure that the voices of Jamaican athletes are heard within the commission. She stated, “When the first commission meeting will be, I will base it off that,” highlighting her dedication to actively engage with her fellow athletes and make a meaningful impact through her role in the Panam Sports Athlete Commission.