Veteran Ghanaian athlete Margaret Simpson is calling for the inclusion of retired athletes in the management of athletics in the country.
Simpson remains the only female Ghanaian athlete to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships when she won bronze in the women’s heptathlon event in 2005.
The 35-year old Simpson is back competing in the javelin event where she threw 50.30m, a little over 2m less than the qualifying mark of 52.44m for the 2018 African Championships to be held in Abuja in August.
Speaking to Citi Sports’ Fentuo Tahiru on the side of the first GAA Athletics Circuit in Sekondi, Simpson said the inclusion of old athletes in either coaching or administration of athletics at the national level can help develop the sport in the country.
“I’m sure the GAA themselves would be happy to have old athletes coming to join the association so we can all put our heads together,” she told Citi Sports.
“Those at the GAA now are old athletes like Bawa Fuseini [GAA Gen. Sec.] and Professor Francis Dodoo [GAA President]. They were athletes before going into administration.
“So it will be nice for some of us old athletes to also come back to the GAA to help out, especially on the track where we can help the younger ones to develop.”
Simpson holds the national javelin record in the women’s division with a throw of 56.36m, the joint high jump record of 1.85m and heptathlon record of 6423 points.