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Four-way race for basketball presidency

Published:Tuesday | January 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Captain Clifton Lumsden, president of the Business House Basketball Association and Dr Mark Broomfield are among the four candidates running for the presidency of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA), at the January 25 annual general meeting (AGM).

The other candidates vying for the top post are Paulton Gordon and Douglas Reid.

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 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 told The Gleaner yesterday.

Proven track record

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 association.

"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.

Dr Broomfield, who was manager of Jamaica's team to the 2012 Centro Basketball Championships in Puerto Rico, is also confident about his chances at the elections.

"I have been involved with basketball for a very long time and I love the sport and I love what the sport can do for Jamaica," said Broomfield.

"I believe that the sport can create an avenue for our people to transition overseas to universities," he said.

He added that his team will be presenting their plans and ideas to the various stakeholders in the sport, in an effort to galvanise support for his candidacy.

Reid, who has been involved in basketball in the western region for more than 30 years, expressed confidence in securing the required number of votes to become the next JaBA head. He is a former president of the Western Basketball Association, which is one of the most powerful Conferences in the island.

Meanwhile Gordon, who has been involved with the sport for more than two decades, is a former executive member of the JaBA.