The role exchange has been agreed by the Board and is now put to our members for formal approval. Both Oner and James have played key roles in the federation since 2019. The role exchange will not change the involvement of either within the federation, and simply reflects how their roles have developed in 2022. The Board now wishes to formalise this.
For those who do not know James & Oner, below are their bios.
James has 18+ years digital marketing experience working with a range of global brands including Nike, Virgin, Bacardi, GSK, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, World Gold Council, and Booking.com. In his 12 year role at creative agency, AKQA, James also worked closely on the operations side of the business that included setting up two studios in Portland and Gothenburg, managing a large financial portfolio, team and line management, recruitment, and generally getting stuff done.
Obstacle sports is a huge passion for James and he has participated in over 175 events since 2013 from ninja competitions to 24 hour endurance races. Since volunteering for British Obstacle Sports James has played a key role in developing the governance of the federation and is a member of a large number of the federation committees.
Key achievements that James has helped to drive since being a part of the federation: UK OCR Time Trials competition, British OCR Junior Championships, membership programme, redrafting of our constitution in line with UK Sports Councils requirements, Spartan partnership, British Obstacle Sports support for the UK OCR Series, event licensing programme, and training centre affiliation.
Oner has over two decades of experience in sports as a boxer, club owner, chairman and president of sport federations and an advisor to the UK Parliament.
Supported by his long and extensive experience in sport, Oner has built an online platform designed to increase the flow of information between medical professionals, federations, technical officials, clubs, promoters and athletes to create a safer sports environment.
In his advisory role to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain as a Sport Expert Advisor at the UK Parliament, Oner ensures that the sports industry and society benefit from the full potential of blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies (DLT) making the UK a leader in Blockchain/DLT’s innovation and implementation.
He also advises All Party Parliamentary Groups on Boxing. The APPG Boxing committee aim to engage with government and Parliament to support all aspects of boxing, setting out the benefits of boxing to individuals and the wider society; reducing the barriers to participation in boxing.
Oner helped to establish British Obstacle Sports in May 2019 and took on the role of President for the federation. He has been actively involved in the governance and decision making of the federation ever since. In 2022, Oner also led a British Obstacle Sports team in Turkey who supported the first modern pentathlon test event of the obstacle discipline.
After his competitive boxing career Oner raced in seven marathons, Marathon Des Sables and many charity fun runs. He believes that obstacle sports has great potential to become a mainstream sport not only in the UK, but throughout the world. Hence the reason he founded British Obstacle Sports with like minded members of the obstacle sports community in the UK.
Oner is married with two children who enjoy football, swimming and gymnastics.