The Jamaica Athletics Administration Association (JAAA) is one of six finalists for the World Athletics 2022 Member Federation Awards.
The Member Federation Awards honor national governing bodies that have gone above and beyond to serve their athletes, fans and the wider community. The finalist federations were nominated by each of the six regional associations.
The winner will be announced on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December as part of the World Athletics Awards 2022.
There are 6 winners:
Jamaica (Jamaica Athletics Association, NACAC)
In the face of difficult health and economic conditions, Jamaica has decided to host the 49th Kalift Games. The record-breaking performance at the event reflected the preparation and commitment of the local organizing committee set up by the Jamaica Athletics Administration Association (JAAA).
The country’s athletes, especially women, have delivered outstanding performances in elite tiers such as World Athletics Championships Oregon 22, World Athletics U20 Championships Cali 22, Commonwealth Games and Wanda Diamond League circuit.
Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Odane Richards was elected chairman of the NACAC Athletes’ Commission.
Brazil (Confederacao Brasileira de Atletismo, South America)
Brazil has successfully hosted six international events in 2022, including the South American U18 and U23 Championships, the South American Cross Country Championships, the Pan American Cross Country Championships, the World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze Meeting and the International Grand Prix.
The federation has secured two innovative sponsorship deals that not only benefit the country’s elite athletes, but also boost the sport at the grassroots level.
Guam (Guam Athletics Association, Oceania)
Significant governance reforms in Guam Athletics have resulted in a revival of Athletics within Guam, as highlighted by the country’s performance at the U18 and U20 Oceania Championships and the Pacific Games.
Guam will host the Oceania Cross Country Championships at the end of 2022. This is the country’s first area championship in over a decade and is a direct result of the efforts the federation has made in governance over the past year.
The federation also has multiple sponsorship and partnership deals for national and regional competitions.
Kenya (Athletics Kenya, Africa)
Athletics Kenya is the first member federation to sign the Sport for Climate Action Framework, underscoring its position as the governing body at the forefront of climate action in Kenya.
Since signing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in August 2021, Athletics Kenya has installed four air quality sensors at Kasarani Stadium, Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi National Park and Nakuru Athletic Club.
As well as hosting Africa’s only Continental Tour Gold Meeting, Kenya will also host a media development program for the African region in 2022.
At the elite end of the sport, Kenya topped the medal table at the African Championships, winning 10 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze medals. Kipyegon and Emmanuel Korir added world titles to last year’s Olympic gold medals.
Korea (Korea Athletics Federation, Asia)
In 2022, the Korea Athletics Federation’s long-term investment has paid off as high jumper Woo Sang-hyuk wins gold at the indoor world championships. He won a silver medal at the World Championships in Oregon and performed consistently on the international circuit.
The country is preparing to host the Asian U20 Championship next June and is bidding for the 2025 Asian Championship.
They also continue to do great work in the sports grassroots, including building and launching their own National Development Center, which aims to host training camps for national and international athletes.
Spain (Real Federation Espanola de Atlétismo, Europe)
The first European Off-Road Running Championships, a continental championship that combines trail and mountain running, was held in July in El Paso, La Palma, Spain. Despite odds such as a volcanic eruption in the run-up to the event, the championship was a huge success.
Spain also hosted the inaugural Dynamic New Athletics (DNA) European U20 Clubs competition, with over 200 athletes representing teams from 11 nations participating in what was dubbed the ‘Clash of the clubs’.
To showcase all they have learned from hosting these events, Spain hosted an international conference in October titled Team Athletics: New Propositions in Sport.