Davis prom­ises to bring cre­ativ­ity to JAAA

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Akino Ming /Staff Re­porter akino.ming@ glean­erjm.com FILE

FORMER UNIVER­SITY of Tech­nol­ogy (UTech) Sports Direc­tor An­thony Davis is hop­ing to in­ject a cre­ative man­age­ment style into the Ja­maica Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (JAAA) over the next four years to help it bet­ter serve its stake­hold­ers.

Davis, a former ath­lete who has served ath­let­ics in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties for over four decades, is seek­ing to be­come the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the as­so­ci­a­tion as the post has been made va­cant by Garth Gayle, who is run­ning for pres­i­dent in the up­com­ing elec­tions in Novem­ber.

Davis, a UTech grad­u­ate, told The Gleaner that he can take credit for ad­vanc­ing of­fi­ci­at­ing in Ja­maica in more than one in­stance and that it is on that record that he be­lieves that he can con­tinue to make track and field bet­ter in Ja­maica.

“When I stud­ied, I did land sur­vey­ing, and I got my sur­vey­ing col­leagues to come over into track and field and in­tro­duce the use of EDM (elec­tro­mag­netic dis­tance mea­sur­ing) equip­ment,” he said. “I thought from back in the ‘90’s that we shouldn’t be stretch­ing a tape to mea­sure dis­tances, and so I was the one who in­tro­duced the sur­vey­ors to the sport.

“When we started do­ing au­to­matic tim­ing, we brought some­one from over­seas who was do­ing the tim­ing for us, and I said to him,‘The tim­ing is one thing, but how we data-link the en­tries to the tim­ing to get FAT (fully au­to­matic tim­ing) [is an­other].’

“And he said, ‘I knew a man who has writ­ten a [com­puter] pro­gramme’, and I got in touch with the per­son and brought him here, and that was when we first linked data with tim­ing to get FAT, and so we were good as any­where in the world.”

Davis, who is run­ning as an in­de­pen­dent, be­lieves that he can still use his cre­ativ­ity to ad­vance track and field. If elected, he prom­ises to push for the as­so­ci­a­tion to have bet­ter re­la­tion­ships with the ma­jor uni­ver­si­ties in Ja­maica to serve the na­tion’s ath­letes.

“We have to have link­ages with our uni­ver­si­ties be­cause in ev­ery­thing we do, there has to be re­search and de­vel­op­ment,” Davis said. “UWI (Univer­sity of the West Indies, Mona) has a sports medicine pro­gramme that we should be work­ing on to make sure that they have a data­base so that if a coach in Mon­tego Bay has an ath­lete who has an in­jury, the peo­ple from sports medicine can make rec­om­men­da­tions on how to treat it. The uni­ver­si­ties are also of­fer­ing sports man­age­ment pro­grammes to their stu­dents.

We could get some of them to in­tern at the JAAA so that we could get as­sis­tance to get things done.”

Davis is the only per­son who has in­di­cated that he wants to fill the post of gen­eral sec­re­tary.

Ear­lier this week, it was an­nounced that Don­ald Quar­rie, the 200m cham­pion at the Mon­treal Olympics in

1976, will be chal­leng­ing Gayle for the post of pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

The elec­tions are set for Novem­ber 28 dur­ing the JAAA’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

Ex­cel­sior High School’s Der­ick Robin­son mid-flight dur­ing the long jump sec­tion of the de­cathlon at the ISSA/ GraceKenne­dy Boys and Girls’ Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships at the Na­tional Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day, March 27, 2019. An­thony Davis, who is run­ning for the po­si­tion of gen­eral sec­re­tary at the Ja­maica Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­so­ci­a­tion in its up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions, says he is re­spon­si­ble for trans­form­ing how dis­tances in events such as these are mea­sured lo­cally.

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