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Nattie to seek JaBA post

Published:Friday | January 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
File Nattie - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Darren Darville (left), a coach with the Jeff Rodgers Basketball Camp, chats with Bruce Bicknell (centre), vice chairman for the camp in Jamaica, and Marland Nattie, pesident of the Jamaica Basketball Association at the media launch of the Jeff Rodgers NBA Basketball Camp at the National Indoor Sporting Centre on Thursday. The camp tips off on July 24.

Former president of the Jamaica Basketball Association JaBA), Marland Nattie and Keisha Lindsay will face-off for the post of general secretary at Sunday's annual general meeting.

The JaBA elections will be held at the National Arena starting at 10 a.m.

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.

Nattie was the general secretary in the previous JaBA administration under then president Ajani Williams. Nattie served two terms as head of JaBA between 1997 and 2008.

Nattie, a former national player, told The Gleaner that he is feeling very confident about his chances against Lindsay in Sunday's elections.

"My chances are as good as any of the other candidates," said Nattie. "I am hoping that the work that I have done (in basketball), will be looked at and assessed and hopefully I will be given the nod," Nattie said.

cautiously optimistic

Lindsay has been a stalwart of basketball administration for more than two decades. She is also a former national junior player basketball representative.

Lindsay said she is cautiously optimistic about her chances on Sunday.

"I feel good within myself," said Lindsay. "Right now, I don't know what is going to happen and so I leave that to the conference representatives and the affiliates," said.

Lindsay added that Nattie has been involved with the sport for over three decades and so it is now time for a change.