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No interest in ASAJ post - Marsh

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMRachid Parchment
Allan Roy Marsh

Allan Roy Marsh, former first vice-president of Swimming at the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ), says that he is not interested in returning to the role should a new board be elected at the next annual general meeting.

The association's current board, headed by president Handel Lamey recently, received a vote of no confidence from a number of clubs associated with the organisation and it is said that these clubs want to see former president Martin Lyn return to the role. It would also possibly mean a return of other members of his executive, including Marsh.

But Marsh says that he does not have the time to dedicate to the position as he considers it to be very demanding.

"The position of vice-president of Swimming requires an individual with the technical competence in swimming along with the passion and time to effectively lead the planning and implementation of the national swimming programme," he says.

Marsh says that whoever takes over the role from Wendy Lee, who recently resigned, must also have more than just technical skills.

"The individual must have excellent interpersonal skills supported by competence in organisational and administrative management and be able to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders."

 

VOLUNTARY POSITION

 

He says that another reason he is not interested is that the position is voluntary, meaning no salary is offered and says that it has limited administrative support.

The Gleaner understands that some of the duties of the first vice-president of Swimming include organising of 10 to 12 local club and school swim meets yearly; the hosting of open water competitions; planning and ensuring effective preparation and participation in at least 2 regional age group competitions annually; and preparation and participation in global competitions, as two to four are held each year.

The first vice-president of Swimming must also manage squad selection and host training camps; plan and organise training courses for coaches and technical officials; and also ensure that the public is aware of all the activities put on by the association.