Lamey unfazed by mounting pressure
Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) President Handel Lamey feels no pressure from moves by representatives of various clubs in Kingston lobbying for a vote of no confidence against him and members of his executive.
It was expected that a second vote of no confidence, since last December, would have been lodged against Lamey, treasurer Florence Williams and secretary Lavinia McClure, at Wednesday evening's council meeting. However, this was not the case, although council members brought up their concerns in the three-and-a-half-hour long meeting.
Lamey said that the sign of a good leader is one who does not yield to pressure.
"When we are called to positions of leadership, we have to exhibit all the qualities of good leadership, namely: being able to direct and motivate the people around you. Secondly, if there are issues - deal with the issues. We have certain issues presently in the organisation. The problems that we have are not insurmountable, they're all solvable. We have to come together and decide to work together. The problem is, in the past, there have been seeds of discord and disunity sewn. We, as an organisation, have not functioned according to our rules, regulations and our constitution."
The Gleaner obtained a copy of a document sent to ASAJ saying that on August 23, the Y Speedos Swim Club and Swimaz Aquatic Swim Club had requested a special general meeting with the body to have motions of no confidence against the three members tabled and voted on. Blue Seals Swim Club head coach Cleon Stewart had also confirmed that this document had been sent and no response had been received from ASAJ, leaving the clubs feeling disrespected.
"One of the major things that we are experiencing, I think, is a lack of respect when issues are raised," he said. "For instance, we sent an email for a critical thing to be dealt with and he (Lamey) basically ignored it. That's one of the major things."
The document also showed that the clubs are disappointed that ASAJ had lost the sponsorship of Wisynco for the last two stagings of the Walter Rogers Age Group Championships. This, the document says, is because of what it describes as Lamey's "negligence to follow up in a timely manner with the Wisynco Group regarding continuation of this sponsorship".
Lamey said that the most pressing issue brought up, was actually preparations for the 2018 Carifta Games which take place in Jamaica from April 1 to 4.
Although Lamey denied that the matter of a no-confidence vote and issues regarding sponsorship were discussed in Wednesday's meeting, a source told The Gleaner that both issues were actually raised, with Lamey moving for a vote to censor council members from speaking with sponsors and members of the media about council affairs without ASAJ's permission.