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Lamey, Lyn battle for ASAJ presidency today

Published:Wednesday | November 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMRachid Parchment

The Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) will be having its much anticipated annual general meeting (AGM) tonight at the Jamaica Olympic Association headquarters.

This evening, current president Handel Lamey, who has been in office since December 2015, will be running against former ASAJ President Martin Lyn, who is looking to reclaim the position, which he held between 2010 and 2015.

Lyn told The Gleaner that he is confident of success because voters are looking for more transparency and integrity in ASAJ, which he said that he will deliver.

"If I am successful, definitely I'll respect the athletes, the parents, the volunteers and, of course, the sponsors, as without them we won't be successful," he said. "One of the main thrusts will really be to integrate these persons and to ensure that we go forward in a positive manner, to a better federation"

Lyn also said that making local aquatics more popular across the island is of great importance to him.

"Aquatics is, as I've always said, second to none, except track and field," Lyn said. "Therefore, we would definitely have to pursue the development towards getting aquatics more available and more pronounced in the eyes of the athletes and of course Jamaica, as a whole."

 

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Lamey, however, was unavail-able for comment ahead of the presidential election.

This AGM is significant to the local swimming fraternity because of what is considered to be disunity among ASAJ's executive council as members had lodged an unsuccessful vote of no confidence against Lamey, treasurer Florence Williams and secretary Lavinia McClure last December, then attempted another in September.

A document obtained by The Gleaner in September stated that the attempted vote was because 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."

Blue Seals Swim Club head coach Cleon Stewart also told The Gleaner, at the time, that majority of the clubs affiliated with ASAJ felt disrespected by Lamey's handling of their complaints.

The proceedings, which will take place at 9 Cunningham Avenue, will get started at 6 p.m.