High profile Olympic role for Chelsea School head

Professor Doust will assist in the development of future British Olympians
Professor Doust will assist in the development of future British Olympians

A SPORTS expert from Eastbourne has been chosen to help Britain’s athletes to Olympic success in London next year.

Professor Jonathan Doust, head of the university’s Chelsea School in Eastbourne, has been appointed a non-executive director of the English Institute of Sport, which works to improve performances of elite athletes through high-quality sport science and medical support.

Steve Cram MBE, Olympic silver medalist and EIS board chairman, said, “I am delighted to welcome Jo and have no doubt the EIS will benefit hugely from his extensive knowledge and experience in the field of sport and exercise science.”

Professor Doust, chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, said, “I am honored to be joining the board, helping provide strategic direction to the organisation in the build-up to the 2012 Olympic Games and beyond.

“The University of Brighton is a leading professional and applied university and works hard to link academic research with real world people and organisations.

“The EIS provides fantastic support to our Olympic and Commonwealth athletes.

“Contemporary sport is so competitive that every edge counts.

“I hope I can contribute to the science and medical support that can help achieve medal success on the world stage.”