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The Zambian track athlete and NOC Zambia Athletes Commission Chair, Suwilanji Mpondela has joined the equitysport Advisory Council and will also act as an ambassador for the international equality-in-sport charity.

Suwilanji Mpondela (far left) setting a Zambian National Record in the 4x100m relay.

The Lusaka-based, Zambian track star, Suwilanji Mpondela is also Africa's youngest elected Athletes Commission Chair with the Zambian National Olympic Committee.

Having successfully competed in the IAAF (World Athletics) U18 and U20 World Championships and more recently at the 2021 World Athletics Relays in Poland, Suwilanji is now targeting the 2022 World Championships on the track.

With equitysport, Mpondela will be sitting on the charity's Advisory Council and taking on an ambassadorial role to help raise the profile and advocacy work of the organisation.

As a member of the charity's Advisory Council, Suwilanji will help guide and develop equitysport programme delivery, helping ensure that our resources and energies are focussed where they are needed most and are delivering real impact for those we seek to support.

Tim Harper, Executive Director at equitysport said of the announcement:

"The decision to bring Suwilanji into the mix was an easy one - she is a role model and an inspiration; a young woman balancing a principled and outspoken desire for real change in sport with a level of maturity, pragmatism and wisdom way beyond her years.

Suwilanji has an in-depth understanding of the system built inequities within global sport and has ideas and insights on how to solve them. It is voices like Suwilanji's that need to be elevated and heard, not just in Zambia, not just in Africa, but the throughout the world of sport.

I'm very excited to learn from Suwilanji and to see her input guide our programme development and delivery. I know that equitysport as a charity will be more effective and more impactful with Suwilanji on board."

Suwilanji Mpondela added:

"I'm grateful and honoured to have been given the space to add my voice to this worthy cause. I look forward to joining forces with the rest of the team as we continue to endeavour to make the future of sport fairer, and more equitable for everyone."

You can follow Suwilanji on Instagram here.


equitysport is a UK-registered charity (1189559) that exists to advance and promote equality, diversity and equal opportunity in and through global sport. Through free-form development, targeted advocacy, vocational training and education programmes the charity seeks an inclusive and equitable sporting ecosystem that lives up to the true values of sport.

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