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Bloomfield’s the man

Published:Monday | January 26, 2015 | 12:01 AMLivingston Scott
Ian Allen/Photographer Dr. Mark Bloomfield (left), gets a congratulatory hug from Hazel Cameron (right), who was chairperson for the Interim Steering Committee that managed the affairs of the Jamaica Basketball Association(JABA), shortly after he was elected president during their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) offices yesterday.

After more than a year without an elected leader, delegates of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) voted in Dr Mark Broomfield to be their new president at its Annual General Meeting, at the Jamaica Olympic Association yesterday.

Broomfield, a former national team manager, took seven of the 18 votes on offer to beat off the challenges of Dr Paulton Gordon (six) and Captain Clifton Lumsden (five). Douglas Reid did not receive any vote.

team

The rest of Broomfield's team is completed by Calvin Martin (first vice-president), Kino Johnson (second vice-president), Paulton Gordon (third vice-president), Marland Nattie (general secretary), Kevin Alexander (treasurer), and Michell McClymoth (assistant treasurer). However, up to press time, the executive members of the board were yet to be decided.

Broomfield said he was grateful and honoured to head the association, but claims he did the ground work with delegates to earn their votes.

"Now is the time we have to put the pieces together and work together and that is the approach to my leadership, to take the strengths from all of us so we can achieve our objectives," he said.

"Captain Lumsden has a lot to offer, and any team I am on, he must be a part of it, Mr Gordon as well; he has been in the sport a long time. During my time in the interim steering committee, I learnt a lot from these people, and they have a lot to offer.

"By myself, I can't do this job. But I am confident that with all of us, we can achieve great things for Jamaica's basketball," he told the media.

first point of duty

Continuing, Broomfield says his first point of duty is to meet with the members of his new administration and plan the way forward.

"We are starting right now to rebuild the integrity and the brand of basketball. There are some things we have to deal with that are still outstanding like debts, finances and restructuring the organisation to ensure it satisfies our objectives. But those decisions will come out of the meetings with members and affiliates. So first, we must discuss and plan as a team, then come with solutions as one and present to the public," he stated.

The new basketball boss also promised to strengthen the rural conferences by seeking headquarters.

"We want to see facilities in every conference that basketball can be played, irrespective of where they're from. We want sponsors to come on board ... it's working time now, and the delegates are impatient and not in the foolishness. They want to see results, and we will work hard to ensure that they see results," he commented.