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New Year Honour for EIS Director of Medical Services Rod Jaques

New Year Honour for EIS Director of Medical Services Rod Jaques

James Platt | 28 December 2019

Rod Jaques, Director of Medical Services at the English Institute of Sport (EIS), has been made an OBE in the New Year Honours List 2020.

Rod joined the EIS in 2003 to lead medical services, working with over 40 sports on the medical care of injury and illness in athletes. During Rod’s career with the EIS, there has been an unprecedented period of success for British sport.

Rod Jaques said:

“Receiving an OBE has been both a great surprise and a huge honour. I have been fortunate enough to have led a career with so many wonderful experiences, working alongside fantastic colleagues and athletes.

“I would like to thank all my EIS, British Olympic Association and National Governing Body colleagues for the enjoyment I’ve had at work and their professional support over the years.”

Nigel Walker, National Director at the EIS, added:

“Rod’s career working within medicine and sport has been truly outstanding, and he thoroughly deserves this amazing honour.

“Rod’s passion for sport and his wealth of experience across multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games is truly unique, and he has dedicated his life and career to improving the medical welfare of British athletes. Rod has also been a brilliant servant to the EIS, spending over 16 years and counting with the organisation, and being part of so many success stories.”

Prior to joining the EIS, Rod qualified in medicine from the University of London, receiving his MRCGP in 1989. He went on to complete the London Hospital Diploma course in Sports Medicine, qualifying with a distinction and the David Ritchie prize in 1990.

Rod has attended the Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympics with Team GB, and the Kuala Lumpur and Manchester Commonwealth Games with the England Team in a clinical capacity. Rod has held medical positions with a wide variety of sports, including British Triathlon, England Netball, GB Modern Pentathlon, GB Bobsleigh, Gloucestershire County Cricket and Gloucester Rugby, and was President of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine from 2012-2015.