— Published 30 November 2022

Donna Fraser awarded

The series continues. As usual, World Athletics unveils the winners of its annual awards on a daily basis. After the Ukrainian Gennadii Zuiev, awarded in the category of coaches, the athletics authority announced that former Jamaican sprinter Donna Fraser (photo above) had been named Woman of the Year for 2022. A two-time world medallist in the 4x400m and fourth in the 400m at the 2000 Sydney Games, she has become a renowned campaigner for diversity and inclusion since the end of her sporting career. Donna Fraser has been responsible for equality, diversity and engagement at the UK Athletics Federation. She was responsible for inclusion and engagement at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, 24 years after winning a bronze medal in the same competition at the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur. She has also been a trustee, advisor and board member of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, the Women’s Sport Trust, the British Athletes Commission, the International Women’s Group and Her Spirit. The Woman of the Year Award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of gender equality in athletics. World Athletics also announced that it has extended its partnership agreement with the UK-based international law firm Pinsent Masons until 2027. The UK firm has been the official provider to World Athletics and its events since 2020, handling all legal matters.