Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
ONE former national athlete standing firmly in the corner of Grace Jackson, who is seeking to be president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) in today's election, is Maurice Wignall.
The former outstanding hurdler will also be running for the post of director of records on the Jackson slate, where he will go up against Ewan Scott from the Warren Blake slate and Charles Fuller from the Lincoln Eatmon.
"Of all the candidates, everybody has ideas, but they are not clear how they will implement these ideas, and Grace (Jackson) is the only one who has a plan to implement these ideas, and this is the reason why we came up with this action plan rather than a manifesto," said Wignall.
"Grace is self-righteous in everything she does for the athletes. She cares about the athletes and wants to see them do good, without asking for anything in return," he noted.
best team comes first
Asked why his team did not join the Eatmon team to become stronger on election night, Wignall said: "We are supporting members from other teams, as we see other people from the other side who are good people and it made no difference, we put individuals to run against them because we want the best.
"We realised what we need to be done in identifying people for different positions, and we see people on the other side who fit these, and instead of putting individuals to run against them, we see it better to give them our support because, at the end of the day, we are supporting the best team," he continued.
"I have a very strong chance of winning because I have great knowledge in this area and I know how to implement this knowledge," Wignall said of the director of records position he seeks. "I have done things which was my initiative instead of getting directives from any one. With regard to the other persons I am running against, I am in competition mode and I never look on my competitors in a favourable mode or put emphasis on them, I am doing what I need to ensure that I get in because I cannot speak for them as I am just doing my thing."
The former national record holder is uncertain if his popularity would give him an edge over his rivals, but is firm in his belief that he can handle the job.
"I don't know, I hope so," he responded to the popularity question. "Every person would like to use whatever advantage they can have, and it wouldn't hurt if I am a known figure.
"The thing, though, is that I bring something else to the table. I can actually do this job as I have done a bit of it working with the JAAA recently on various projects, and I am excited with the prospect of getting in and implementing a programme to work with."
Wignall also said he harbours no thought of losing, but pointed out that he would be willing and interested in sharing his ideas in the organisation.