BABA pres­i­dent Gar­rett passes away

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

BRIDGETOWN, Bar­ba­dos (CMC): PRES­I­DENT OF the Bar­ba­dos Am­a­teur Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BABA) Der­rick Gar­rett died at his home on Fri­day, fol­low­ing a lengthy bat­tle with can­cer. He was 53.

Gar­rett, also the un­cle of West Indies Test and One-day In­ter­na­tional cap­tain Ja­son Holder, headed the as­so­ci­a­tion for six years and was cred­ited with spark­ing a re­vival in the sport in the is­land, fol­low­ing a few tu­mul­tuous years in the pre­vi­ous decade.

“He re­ally did a lot for bas­ket­ball, stay­ing with the sport through­out, from a ju­nior na­tional player to Divi­sion 1 and straight into ad­min­is­tra­tion,” said An­ton Lovell, a for­mer na­tional ju­nior team­mate of Gar­rett, in a tribute car­ried in the Daily Nation news­pa­per.

“His lead­er­ship was ex­em­plary. When he picked up bas­ket­ball, it was go­ing down­hill, but Gar­rett man­aged to sta­bilise the sport, and you could see ev­ery year, the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the game started to im­prove.”

MOD­EST PLAY­ING CA­REER

After a mod­est play­ing ca­reer that saw him rep­re­sent the is­land at the youth level and help Sta­tion Hill Cava­liers, one of the is­land’s lead­ing clubs, to the ti­tle, the lanky Gar­rett made a smooth tran­si­tion from play­ing to ad­min­is­tra­tion and was elected or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary of the BABA be­tween 2007 and 2011.

On his el­e­va­tion to the post of pres­i­dent, he put ini­tia­tives in place to re­vive the sport in the lower di­vi­sions of the club com­pe­ti­tion and got na­tional teams to re­turn to par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Caribbean Cham­pi­onships fol­low­ing a spell of ab­sence.

The lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tion has post­poned all matches which were sched­uled for the week­end as a mark of re­spect to Gar­rett.

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