09 June 2020
Doping in Sport. What is it?

We were delighted to be visited on Zoom this evening by Nigel Hetherington who has worked for UK Anti-Doping as a national trainer for 8 years, protecting the right of all those who love sport to enjoy doping-free competition.   UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) implements and manages anti-doping policy in the UK. It works with athletes and national sports bodies to ensure compliance with the World Anti-Doping (WADA) Code.

He gave us a fascinating insight into the 10 Anti-Doping Rule Violations and many amusing examples of the ruses some athletes employ when trying to avoid punishment for an alleged rule contravention.

At the end of his talk the many and searching questions asked by members was a clear indication of the interest which Nigel generated.   Rotarian Gillian Marsh proposed a vote of thanks on behalf of all present.

Nigel has pursued professional careers in science, business and sport.  He was awarded 'Coach of the Year' in Wales and came to Scotland as the performance lead for Scottish Athletics in 2005.  He lived in SE Asia for 2 years from 2010 working as Head Coach in the internationally renowned Singapore Sports School. Today, he works as a freelance educator across sport working with the Scottish Sports Futures charity, sport governing bodies and local authorities.   He is a lifelong athlete having won national titles for sprints in Wales and is the current M60 Scottish 50km champion! 

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