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Four seek local basketball's top post

Published:Sunday | January 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer

Four candidates will be vying for the post of president at today's annual general meeting (AGM) of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) which will be held at the National Arena, starting at 10 a.m.

The four candidates are Paulton Gordon, Captain Clifton Lumsden, Dr Mark Broomfield, and Douglas Reid.

The AGM, which will also has on its agenda the election of new executive members, was set for April last year, but was postponed because of an outstanding audit report.

An interim steering committee, led by Hazel Cameron, had been running the day-to-day operations of the JaBA since the executive body was dissolved in August. Gordon, who has been involved with the sport for more than two decades, is a former executive member of the previous JaBA administration.

Gordon said he has received a lot of good feedback from delegates and is confident about his chances. "It's all positive because I have spoken to most of the persons involved and the feedback has been generally positive," said Gordon.

"We need to re-establish those (governance practices) to make sure that they are strong and ensure that the persons who have the responsibility to manage do so, and do so effectively," Lumsden said ahead of the vote.

Dr Broomfield, who was manager of Jamaica's team to the 2012 Centro Basketball Championships in Puerto Rico, is also confident about his chances at the elections. "I have been involved with basketball for a very long time and I love the sport.

"I love what the sport can do for Jamaica," Broomfield said.

Reid, who has been involved in basketball in the western region for more than 30 years, expressed confidence that he will secure the required number of votes to become the next JaBA head.

He is a former president of the Western Basketball Association, which is one of the most powerful conferences on the island. Former JaBA president Marland Nattie and Keisha Lindsay will face-off for the post of general secretary.

Nattie was the general secretary in the previous JaBA administration under then president Ajani Williams.