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Lyn likes candidates in line to replace him

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2023 | 12:13 AMLivingston Scott - Gleaner Writer
Lance Rochester
Lance Rochester
Georgia Sinclair
Georgia Sinclair
Martin Lyn
Martin Lyn

AFTER ANNOUNCING his decision not to seek re-election as president of the Aquatics Sports of Jamaica (ASAJ) when elections are held in December, Martin Lyn, is endorsing the two candidates that will be contesting the post.

Looking to replace Lyn after 12 years in office are vice president of swimming, Georgia Sinclair, and vice president of waterpolo, Lance Rochester, and Lyn believes this will allow for a smooth transition of power.

“The vice president of swimming, Georgia Sinclair, and the vice president of waterpolo, Lance Rochester. Two of my officers have decided they are going to throw their hats in the ring.

“With these officers, continuity will be there because they have been around,” he commented

“So the transition to president will not be as dramatic because they have been there over the years and they would have seen and known why I have put certain templates in place.”

While Rochester and Sinclair will vie for the presidency, the post of Honorary Secretary, will be contested by Shauna Jackson and Florence Grizzle-Williams.

Robyn-Ann Chin-Sang will run unopposed for vice president in charge of artistic swimming, while Marlon McIntyre is the lone candidate for the vice presidency of water polo and Hilary Brown-Nixon for the vice president in charge of swimming.

Lyn said that he expects whomever is successful to build on the progress he had made during his time as head of the organisation, though he also expects that the new president will also try to leave their own legacy.

“They are humans and they will try and make their own mark. However, some of the fundamental things that I have put in place, hopefully, will continue.

“I will still be the immediate past president and I will be there to ensure that things are done the way they should be done. I will also look to stay on as the quasi-vice-president of diving because no one knows diving like I do,” he said.

According to Gleaner sources, an outside candidate is also looking to contest the polls but Lyn said, to date, there has been no other applicant.

“If two vice presidents vie for the post, it will be difficult for an outsider. I have heard of one outsider being mentioned but I cannot confirm it. But having two of my officers competing for it is commendable to me as well,” he said.

The ASAJ elections are set for December 5.