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JTTA plans mandatory certification

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer

Godfrey Lothian, who was returned unopposed as president of the Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday night, intends to make it mandatory for coaches to be certified before they can practise their trade locally.

He plans to make greater use of their MOU with G.C. Foster College to accomplish this goal.

"The MOU that we have signed with G.C. Foster, we want to ensure that every six months we have at least 25 coaches graduating from G.C. Foster, because over the next three years, we will take a decision to say that if you are not a certified coach, you cannot coach table tennis, and we are looking to start that in the next two months," Lothian told The Gleaner, as he listed new measures to advance the sport.

"We want a comprehensive review of the Constitution to ensure that our Constitution is in keeping with First World status. Also, we are looking at a name change for the organisation ... for better branding and keeping with the global trend," he explained.

Lothian wants to build a very active and vibrant local circuit and has already started the push to invite regional and international promoters to put on local tournaments, like the Winter Championship set for Montego Bay Convention Centre late this month.

"In two years, we want to move the sport in Jamaica to a number-five status. I've instructed the administration to start communication with persons in the diaspora to get more of this activity, especially in rural Jamaica," he said.

County Officers

Lothian also pointed out that they have inserted county officers, who will direct and manage the affairs of the respective parishes, "in terms of having their elections, AGMs and to start their own parish competitions and have a life of their own".

Lothian's major accomplishments include the establishment of a head office, a first in the organisation's 60-odd-year history, Jamaica winning the fifth division category at the World Championship in Tokyo, signing an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with G.C. Foster College and Excelsior High School and having four level-three coaches.

"We never had level-three coaches before," he noted.

The full JTTA executive reads: Godfrey Lothian (president), Maxine LaTouche (first vice-president), Glenroy Williams (second vice-president), Ann-marie Burton-Clue (general secretary), Dyan Smith (assistant secretary), Neidrean Palmer (treasurer) and Rayando Williams (assistant treasurer).