Athletes Advocate Walter Palmer Joins ANAPRC Advisory Board

Boulder, CO -- Today the Association of North American Professional Road Cyclists announced renowned athletes advocate and union executive Walter Palmer has joined the ANAPRC Advisory Board.

"It’s an honor to be involved with such an engaged group of athletes who are the greatest advocates for the sport of cycling.” said Palmer. “In my experience, the more involved athletes are in the governance of their sport, the more the sport thrives, benefitting all stakeholders.”

Mr. Palmer most recently served as the Deputy Executive Director of International Relations and Marketing at the NBA Players Association. Before his time with the NBPA, Mr. Palmer led UNI World Athletes -- an international collective of major players associations and a sector of UNI Global Union that includes FIFPro (the world footballers' association), the International Rugby Players' Association (IRPA), the National Football Players Association (NFLPA), and the Australian Athletes' Alliance (AAA).

"Walter is a world-class expert in building athletes unions from the ground up and we are thrilled to have his advice as ANAPRC takes the next step in its development," said ANAPRC Executive Director Michael Carcaise. “With Walter’s guidance we will put best practices in place for governance and long-term strategic planning.”

More about Walter Palmer: Before his time with UNI World Athletes, Mr. Palmer co-founded SP.IN, the first union for professional basketball players in Germany and served as General Secretary of the European Elite Athletes Association (EU Athletes), a federation of player unions in Europe representing over 30 player unions and 25,000 athletes. From 1990 to 2003, he was a professional basketball player, beginning his career when he was drafted in the second round (33rd) of the 1990 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. Palmer played two seasons in the NBA for the Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks. Between 1991 and 2003 he also played professionally in Germany, France, Italy, Argentina and Spain. He has been a dedicated advocate for athlete rights with respect to anti-doping rules reform, protecting athletes from match fixing, and improving health and safety in the sport workplace. Mr. Palmer played for the Dartmouth College basketball team before graduating in 1990. Twitter: @WPalmerSport

About ANAPRC: the Association of North American Professional Road Cyclists represents WorldTour and ProContinental-level cyclists from USA and Canada. ANAPRC is a member of the CPA -- the association recognized by the UCI to represent professional cyclists. www.anaprc.com

Contact: Michael Carcaise, email: carcaise@anaprc.com

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