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UK Athletics: 60 Seconds With… Janet Onyia

Category: testimonial, BAME, black history month, BAME Inclusion, Testimonials, UK Athletics, Regulation, Sports, Women in Sport, What Our People Say, Staff Testimonial, BAME Diversity, BAME Network


Black History Month – 1-31 October 2019

Janet Onyia

What is your role with British Athletics?

I volunteer with the Major Events Team in Athlete Logistics.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

For me, Black History Month is a great opportunity to cast a spotlight on the achievements and contribution of black people, black culture and our identity.

What black individual do you most admire in history?

There have been a lot of different people over the years but at the moment it's Althea Gibson. She was the first black person to win the grand slam in Tennis. Up until a few years before that, black people were not even permitted to enter tournaments like the US Open. She was also a pro golfer, singer and Hollywood actress.

What is a fact about you most people would not know?

I first volunteered for British Athletics in 2012 for the UK School Games and loved it and have been ever present since. Also, I worked on the medal ceremonies for London 2017 events and Glasgow 2019.

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