Sarah Jackson, a rising Sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado where she is a member of the Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, has been elected to the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Executive (SAAC) as its head of Community Outreach. Elections were held via a Zoom meeting in April 2020.
“I feel very proud I was elected to serve on our UNC SAAC executive committee by my fellow athletes,” said Sarah. “I hope that this year, we can continue to tackle issues around our Greeley community and show our Bear Pride as athletes,” she added.
The mission of the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committees is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image. Concerns can be voiced and solutions offered regarding any issue that may be relevant to NCAA student-athletes; and through the grass-roots efforts of campus SAACs, student-athletes have the opportunity to change the face of intercollegiate athletics. The campus SAACs function is to:
- Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes.
- Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues.
- Generate a student-athlete voice within the campus athletics department formulation of policies.
- Build a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletics teams.
- Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation.
- Organise community service efforts.
- Create a vehicle for student-athlete representation on campus-wide committees (e.g. student government).
- Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus.
Sarah completed her freshman year with a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester and a cumulative 3.83 GPA for the year, and was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll at the University of Northern Colorado for the 2019-2020 academic year. She is studying Dietetics and looking forward to a challenging Sophomore year. “I know that COVID-19 is making everything a little more complicated but I am confident the UNCo administration and athletic department are doing everything they can to make sure we continue learning and competing in a healthy and safe environment and I am looking forward to heading back to school in the fall.” In Cayman, Sarah is an overseas member of Stingray Swim Club.
In Cayman, in addition to being a competitive sport, swimming is a life-saving skill and one which CIASA believes should be available to every Cayman Islands’ resident. A 50-meter pool will go a long way to making this a reality as the increased pool space will increase the capacity for learn-to-swim lessons to take place. What’s up next for these, and all of Cayman’s swimmers? Training in the pool again when they are safely opened with social distancing protocols and guide lines in place. For more information on CIASA visit www.ciasa.ky or contact Kathy Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org