The nephew of the founding Secretary General of the Barbados Olympic Association Michael Simmons, Erskine Simmons was introduced to the Olympic movement by his uncle in the 1980s. He was first elected as a Director of the BOA in 1986 and later elected Assistant Secretary General in 1992. In 1996 he was elected Secretary General, a position he still holds.
Mr. Simmons has vast experience in the Olympic movement and team management. His first major assignment as Chef de Mission of a Barbados team was in 1990 to the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico City. This was followed with Chef de Mission assignments to the 1995 Pan Am Games in Argentina and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
In addition, he has served as General Team Manager to the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, USA, the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In 1994, he was the first Barbadian to participate in the International Olympic Academy’s Young Participants’ Session in Olympia, Greece, paving the way for many other of our young men and women to follow.
During his tenure in sports administration, Mr. Simmons has served as Assistant Secretary of the Barbados Football Association and was the founding president of the Barbados Amateur Gymnastics Association. He was a member of the Pan American Sports Organization’s Technical Committee from 1988 until 2004 and was a board member of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees from 1998 until 2007.
Mr. Simmons also serves as the BOA’s representative as Board Member of the NADO and Arts & Sports Promotion Fund.
He has been twice nominated for National Sports Council awards and was the recipient of the Sports Administrator of the Year award in 1996. In 2000 he was awarded the International Olympic Committee’s “Sport and Universality” trophy. Mr. Simmons was appointed as Deputy Chairman of the National Sports Council and is a Director of the Sanitation Service Authority. Mr. Simmons also serves on the Task Force for Physical Activity & Exercise appointed by the Ministry of Health.
As part of the 2014 Barbados Independence Anniversary Awards, he was conferred with a national honour – the Barbados Service Medal (BSM).
Mr. Simmons is a Financial Advisor with the Barbados division of Sagicor Life Inc.
Erskine Simmons, BSM