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I would like to nominate Rex Harvey for the position of IAAF Masters' Committee member. Rex's long and varied background in the Sport of Masters' Track and Field makes him truly a unique individual for this position.

He has been very active as a Masters athlete, official, and administrator for over 25 years This activity has been, and continues to be, at all levels from local through World Championships. He has developed a deep and broad pool of knowledge, contacts and respect within the sport throughout the World. He has shown, and continues to show, that he is willing and able to work long and hard for the sport.

His management manner is effective. His calm and even-handed style has defused many situations that could have easily degenerated into disasters.

His athletic background as a Combined Events athlete means that he has an understanding and passion about all events. Therefore, everything he does as an administrator is from the prospective of the athlete. The sport exists for the athletes, not for the administrators.

He is very open and willing to share all that he knows, but at the same time is a very good "LISTENER". He teaches and motivates people as equals in a truly sharing manner to, not only participate, but to further assist in the sport by officiating or administering. He has shown willingness to "move on" and allow other qualified people to step in to positions and functions as soon as they are up to speed.

Rex is certainly not a newcomer to International Masters' Athletics. He has worked closely with Cesar Moreno Bravo, the Chair of the IAAF Masters Committee, for the past 10 years. He also has worked closely with over half of the current IAAF Masters' Committee through his Presidency of the North, Central and Caribbean Regional Association, and his Membership on the World Masters Athletics Council and in his current position as WMA Vice President for Stadia Affairs. This means that he will be able to be able to be effective from day one in the Committee as he is already known and respected by most of the current members.

He is impartial, having no real, or even perceived, conflicts of interest with the sport. He has pledged to work hard to do all that he can to insure that the future decisions of the IAAF Masters Committee are clear, fair, and in the best overall interest of the people he represents and not directed to special interests.

I urge you all to support Rex for this position with your encouragements and your votes.

George Mathews
Chair Masters Track & Field

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