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A group of former and current Sierra Leonean Track and Field athletes have come together to form a national sports development organization to aid the national sports apparatus of Sierra Leone in elevating standards and developing the sport of athletics at the very basic grassroots to the most elite level. (Photo: Current national 100 meters record holder Gibrilla ‘Pato’ Bangura (L) and retired former national and Inter-secondary schools 100 meters Champion Mr. Haroun Korjie(R))
The group aptly named Sierra Leone Athletics Coalition has put together an Interim Executive that is led by Olympian and former National and Inter-Secondary Schools 100 meters Champion Mr. Haroun Korjie of London, England (in Photo above(R)) who is the Executive Director of the organization.
The Interim Executive is a true representation of a cross section of Sierra Leone’s most accomplished Athletes who felt the need to step in to aid in the development of the sport of Athletics to realize Sierra Leone’s true potential in the International arena.
Sierra Leone as a nation has produced very talented and accomplished international athletes that have gone on to achieve great things at the global stage. Athletes like World Champion Heptathlon Gold Medalist Eunice Barber of France, Former 100 meters National record holder, Sanusi Turay of the Silver medal winning national Team at the 1991 World University Games in Sheffield, England, Felix Sandy the legendary quarter miler and Olympian, Abdul Mansaray a national hero and Olympian to name but a few in a long list of many accomplished athletes from the small west African nation.
Adding to that list is also a set of athletes competing for other nations like the USA who are of Sierra Leonean descent like Jeneba Tarmoh a 200 and 100 meters Sprinter at Texas A&M University who recently represented the US in the 200 meters at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu South Korea and US World Indoor Triple Jump Gold Medalist Will Claye of the USA.
The list outlined above is a testament of the country’s true potential in producing world class athletes and it is with this in mind that a crop of well meaning former athletes have come together to help where they can and especially focus on developing a conveyor belt of national talents from the grassroots that will take athletics to a new level.
The Executive lists reads as follows:
The organization is officially registered as a Non-profit organization in the USA and registrations in other countries of our global memberships are pending.
If you have any interest in this organization and would like to support its work or become a member of it, please forward all inquiries, comments, or compliments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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