Forbes: New JAAA executive a ‘good mix’

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

BUSINESS EXECUTIVE Ian Forbes is the new first vice-pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­so­ci­a­tion (JAAA).

The War­ren Blake-led executive which had served the sport for the past four years was not chal­lenged at Tues­day’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing held at the Medal­lion Hall Ho­tel in Kingston, but there were a few changes among the executive mem­bers.

Forbes, the se­cond vi­cepres­i­dent in the last ad­min­is­tra­tion, moved up to the post of first vice-pres­i­dent to re­place Dave Myrie, who did not seek re-elec­tion. Myrie is the prin­ci­pal of Kingston Col­lege.

Forbes told The Gleaner that he is al­ways happy to serve the JAAA.

“This role means a lot to me and it is an hon­our and priv­i­lege to be selected to rep­re­sent JAAA first vice-pres­i­dent Ian Forbes. one’s na­tional ath­let­ics as­so­ci­a­tion. executive I have been as­so­ci­ated with Forbes. the sport for many years since Forbes de­scribed the executive be­ing a toddler fol­low­ing in my as a ‘good mix’ of peo­ple. father’s foot­steps. He is also an “Based on the skills set of the mem­ber,” said peo­ple selected, I think it is a good mix which will re­ally pro­pel the sport for­ward . I will serve in what­ever ca­pac­ity the com­mit­tee sees fit and I am will­ing to work hard and dili­gently to en­sure track and field in Ja­maica re­mains at the pin­na­cle,” said Forbes, who also dis­pelled ru­mours that he was ap­proached to chal­lenge Blake once again on a dif­fer­ent slate.

“Many ru­mours were go­ing around which were not re­ally cor­rect, but my mis­sion is to serve in what­ever ca­pac­ity,” he said.

Three mem­bers who had op­posed Blake’s team four years ago are on the new executive. They are Lin­coln Eat­mon, now se­cond vice-pres­i­dent; Juliet Parkes-Liver­more and Leroy Cooke.

Parkes-Liver­more, who has ac­com­pa­nied teams to overseas meets, is mak­ing a re­turn. Cooke, who was man­ager of the track and field team to the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Poland last July, is now the direc­tor of records. He re­places Ewan Scott.

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