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Myers stands firm at Intercol showdown

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2017 | 12:14 AMRaymond Graham

Jamaica Intercollegiate Sports Association (Intercol Jamaica) president Dalton Myers stood firm in the face of the expected fireworks which met him at the association's Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Montego Bay Community College on Thursday.

Myers, who was in his second year of his four-year tenure, has come under fire from former President Anthony Davis who had questioned the legitimacy of his position in the top spot.

Davis argued that Myers was no longer employed at the University of West Indies, as he was when he was elected two years ago while being the Sports Director at that institution.

However, Myers who is an adjunct lecturer at the university was strong in the face of Davis' protest and was lauded by his peers for his stewardship of the organisation.

"I will not discuss in public, the nature of my working contract at the University of West Indies as this is my personal business," said Myers when asked my Davis to do so.

Myers, who actually replaced Davis as Intercol president also made reference to Davis' own tenure in the post when he served for years while studying overseas while also naming instances when two individuals in the past were presidents and were not employed to any of the colleges.

"The attack on me by Davis is personal and I will not let this get to me", said Myers who stated that the negative publicity where an anonymous letter was sent to the media last month questioning his legitimacy at the top had taken a toll on him and his family.

In his report for the past year, Myers pointed to several positives.

"We were able to send a team to the World University Netball Championships in Florida , USA in 2016 where we managed to finish second despite not sending our strongest team due to visa issues. Our attention is now focused on getting a team to the World University Netball Championships in Uganda where we hope to send at least 17 persons", said Myers.

Myers also spoke about the recent World University Games where Sashalaee Forbes mined a gold medal in the women's 100 metres.

"This for me was the most difficult. I must express thanks to the selection committee and management committee for ensuring we had a team to send to the Games", he said.

Nevertheless, there were several concerns from the members, who expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of treasurer Annette Stennet. Myers had to read the Treasurer's Report himself and it was moved at the meeting that the treasurer be removed from that post.

Also, the association has been without a first vice president for sometime as Ventley Brown, who is now the principal of Spanish Town High is no longer a member of Intercol.

When competition in Intercol Sports begin next month, Brawta Sports will take over the responsibility of registering entries for all sports like they have done in high schools.