The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee has recently added another hard working executive to their ranks in Jennifer Powell, a former champion swimmer.
The Olympic Committee announced last week that Powell, their scholarship recipient, has graduated from the XIV Master Exécutif en Management des Organisations Sportives Programme with her Executive Masters in Sport Organisation Management.
Powell was one of 36 participants selected for the programme, each from a different country. The MEMOS programme consists of three one-week residential modules, each lasting six days and scheduled over 12 months. Each module took place in a different city. Powell went to Switzerland, Kenya and France where the course was placed under the joint responsibility of the scholar and a professional.
In addition to the lecture-based modules, Powell, 24, undertook a year-long personal project concerning the current sports structure in the Cayman Islands and analysing how the Olympic Committee can do its part to improve upon it, starting with the issue of communication.
The project was to determine how the CIOC can improve communication between its stakeholders and establishing the root of poor communication, while discovering how to improve interaction.
The result of the project was a CIOC Strategic Plan outlining how to create better communication between organisations. After defending her project and Strategic Plan to a jury of esteemed professors and colleagues in world sport organisations at the end of her year, Powell received her diploma from the Université de Poitiers and was invited to give a final presentation in the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland in September.
Powell previously represented Cayman and the University of Miami as a swimmer. She is now working at the CIOC office in George Town. She said: “Getting this qualification is a great honour. I was able to study with the top people in the world in sports management and I felt so privileged to even be given the opportunity to participate in such a programme
“The highlights included the incredible amount of knowledge I gained, the amazing people I met and the places I was able to go – all an adding to an incredible experience. Researching and writing the project while working full-time and moving cities was very challenging but the other participants in the programme were very motivating and I thank them as well as the CIOC board for everything over the past year.
“I’ve always wanted to work with the Olympic Committee and promote sport in the Cayman Islands and I will always be involved somehow – constantly advocating the numerous benefits that sport can have on our community.”
Now a recreational swimmer, she looks back on her career with fondness. “I would say my best accomplishments was competing in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 2006 and winning a few medals at numerous CARIFTA Games.”