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NJ board backs Paula - Netball Ja top brass supports president

Published:Saturday | November 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

The board of directors of Netball Jamaica (NJ) has come to the defence its president, Dr Paula Daley-Morris, whose leadership became the topic of much discussion after it was revealed that seven board members had resigned since she took charge two years ago.

Kadean Holness, a former board member of NJ, told The Gleaner in an article published on Thursday that she resigned because of Daley-Morris' management style, while at least one additional netball interest calling for her resignation on local radio.

Holness made her comments following the sudden resignation of First Vice-President Jacqueline Robotham last Friday.

Other high-ranking officials who resigned since Daley-Morris took charge are Nola Philpotts-Brown (first VP), treasurer Atasha Bernard and board members Annemarie Stewart, Karen Anderson, and Karen Rosen. The members stepped aside for various reasons, including predetermined terms, still, Holness underlined her opinion that the departures could affect he association.

However, Wayne Lewis communication director of NJ, said the resignation of these individuals had nothing to with the leadership style of Dr Daley-Morris.

 

NO LEADERSHIP-STYLE ISSUE

 

"There have been a number of situations regarding Netball Jamaica, and it all points to the leadership style of our president, Dr Paula Daley-Morris. The impression based on articles and interviews conducted suggest that people are resigning from Netball Jamaica because of the leadership style of Paula, and I am refuting that," said Lewis.

"I think it is unfair and unfortunate that people are continuing to point a lot of fingers at Paula," he said. "For example, the first vice-president's resignation, and the impression given is that Jackie resigned because of Paula's leadership and disagreement with Paula, and that is absolutely incorrect," Lewis said.

"Her resignation has nothing do with Paula because she resigned because of personal reasons, hence the board came out in support of Paula," Lewis pointed out.

"We are saying that we are a united board and we are focused on preparing the team for the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year," he said.