Business House boss to seek JaBA's top post
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
President of the Business House Basketball Association (BHBA), Captain Clifton Lumsden, will be among the candidates running for the Jamaica Basketball Associations (JaBA) top post at the January 25 annual general meeting (AGM).
The AGM, which will also have on its agenda the election of new executive members, was set for April last year, but was postponed because of an outstanding audit report.
An Interim Steering Committee (ISC), led by Hazel Cameron, had been running the day-to-day operations of the JaBA since the executive body was dissolved in August.
Lumsden, who was beaten for the top post by outgoing president Ajani Williams in 2011, told The Gleaner yesterday that he is confident the affiliates will elect him this time around.
"A few persons who are close to basketball have asked me to run, and I still think that I have something to contribute," said Lumsden. "I believe that the affiliates are now wiser and smarter and I believe that they will do the right thing.
"I think the affiliates are also better equipped with the knowledge of the issues and what proper governance will provide for them, and if we do this together as a team, everybody's dreams will be realised," Lumsden said.
Lumsden, who has been at the helm for the BHBA for more than a decade, noted that his proven track record is there for everyone to see and that he has all the requisite skills and experience to lead the national basketball association.
IMPRESSIVE TRACK RECORD
"I have a track record within this national set-up and I have also, over the past 12 years, successfully established and operated the Business House Basketball Association," said Lumsden.
"My leadership, my management and governance cant be questioned, because I have those skills to move the sport forward in the right direction," he said.
Lumsden said if he is successful in the January 25 vote, he will re-establish those governance practices that have served JaBA very well in the past. We need to re-establish those (governance practices) to make sure that they are strong and ensure that the persons who have the responsibility to manage do so and do so effectively, he said.
Dr Mark Broomfield, manager of Jamaicas team to the 2012 Centro Basketball Championships in Puerto Rico, and former JaBA assistant secretary general, Douglas Reid, have indicated that they will also be seeking JaBAs top post.