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‘Positive’ Gordon rates chances of taking top JaBA post

Published:Thursday | January 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

With three days to before the highly anticipated annual general meeting (AGM) of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA), presidential hopeful Paulton Gordon said he is

quietly confident of winning the top post at the elections.

The AGM will be held on Sunday at the National Arena, starting at 10 a.m.

Gordon, who has been involved with the sport for more than two decades, is a former executive member of the previous JaBA administration. He is among four candidates vying for the post of president.

election of new members

The other candidates are captain Clifton Lumsden, Douglas Reid and Dr Mark Broomfield. The candidates will be vying to secure most of the 18 votes at the 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, led by Hazel Cameron, had been running the day-to-day operations of the JaBA since the executive body was dissolved in August.

Gordon told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that he has received a lot of good feedback from delegates and is confident about his chances.

"It's all positive because I have spoken to most of the persons involved and the feedback has been generally positive," said Gordon.

"My chances are as good as anybody there. I think I am in a good position to win the election," Gordon said.

He added that he has injected a number of new and experienced persons in his team who can help to move the sport forward, should he win on Sunday.

"Four persons on my team are not from the previous administration and so there is an infusion of new blood and experience," said Gordon.

"The expectations are that with this combination, we will have a successful outcome on Sunday," he said.

Gordon noted that if he is successful at the January 25 vote, he plans to reunite everybody in basketball to enhance the growth and development of the sport.

"With all the upheavals I am expecting basketball to settle down," said Gordon. "Some of the upheavals were unnecessary and we need to settle down and grow basketball again."