Willie Banks may be forgiven if he doesn’t have time to compete in coming years. My M60 jumper friend is leaping into USATF/IAAF politics big time. As I note in my Times of San Diego story, Willie is seeking to replace Stephanie Hightower as the American representative on the powerful IAAF Council. His candidacy is a surprise, and since nobody else had reported this (besides the USATF Document Library), I jumped on it.
My first story covers the basics, but notable is something Willie says in his statement of candidacy: “I believe I am uniquely qualified by both experience and temperament to assist our sport globally, while representing our U.S. athletes and interests with the universal goal to expand athlete’s competitive and financial opportunities in all disciplines, on the track and on the roads; to promote clean sport and support athletes’ rights; to grow youth and masters programs; and take our sport to the people through both track and field development programs, and road races in every city and town on every continent.”
Notice he said the M-word? Masters programs!
So if Willie can bounce Stephanie at the Ohio annual meeting this month and get elected to the IAAF Council at the 2019 Doha (Qatar) General Assembly at next year’s IAAF world meet, he’ll be in a great position to advocate for geezertrack. Maybe he can guarantee masters exhibitions at IAAF world meets and (one can pray) the Summer Olympic Games.
Lots of things possible on the M-front.
If you attend the Ohio annual meeting, give Willie’s pitch kind consideration. It’s hard to displace an incumbent, but Mr. Banks has a great backstory and excellent credentials.
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