Speid re­turns as JAVA head

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - – M.S.

AF­TER BE­ING re­turned un­op­posed to the pres­i­dency of the Ja­maica Vol­ley­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (JAVA), for a sec­ond two-year term, Ru­dolph Speid is point­ing an up­turn in com­pet­i­tive suc­cess as a point of ref­er­ence for his ste­ward­ship of the sport in Ja­maica.

Speid noted that the lo­cal vol­ley­ball pro­gramme has im­proved un­der his lead­er­ship with the na­tion now mak­ing a habit of win­ning in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“We had a great year in vol­ley­ball as we en­tered five tour­na­ments and won three of them. This is the first time Ja­maica was win­ning any tour­na­ment and now we have won three,” said Speid fol­low­ing the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing last Saturday at the Ja­maica Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion of­fices.

“We were able to ac­com­plish these feats be­cause of spon­sor­ship that to­talled $30 mil­lion, although we ended with a deficit of $1.3 mil­lion,” he dis­closed.

“We won two beach tour­na­ments as well as an Un­der-19 male tour­na­ment,” added Speid, who is a for­mer Kingston and St An­drew Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (KSAFA) pres­i­dent.

BEST LIBERO

At the Un­der-19 Caribbean qual­i­fiers held in Suri­name last month, Ja­maica’s 15 year-old Clifton Clarke was also awarded the best libero prize.

“He (Clifton Clarke), who is a Cam­per­down High school stu­dent, was the youngest per­son to have won the Libero Award for the best de­fender on the court. That is a great achieve­ment for young Clarke,” Speid said.

Now, Speid is look­ing to­wards next year where Ja­maica will be en­gaged in sev­eral tour­na­ments.

“We are in­vited to a num­ber of tour­na­ments and have also qual­i­fied for a few in beach and world cham­pi­onship. How­ever, the big­gest chal­lenge is find­ing the money. We will be lean­ing on the Govern­ment, as well as host­ing fundrais­ing events,” he ex­plained.

At present, JAVA has a three­mem­ber ex­ec­u­tive that was re­turned un­op­posed, in­clud­ing Speid, Jackie Cowan as gen­eral sec­re­tary; and Aud­ley Weir as trea­surer. The con­sti­tu­tion has changed, how­ever, al­low­ing the in­clu­sion of two vice-pres­i­dents and four Con­fed­er­a­tions chair­men. Those po­si­tion will be done by way of vot­ing at a date to be an­nounced.

SPEID

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