Blake to lead JAAA another four years

December 01, 2016
Dr Warren Blake

The 17 members of the new Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAA) Executive to serve the country's track and field for the next four years were revealed at Tuesday night's annual general meeting at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston.

The Warren Blake-led executive was not challenged, but there were a few changes among the new members.

Prominent businessman and sportsman Ian Forbes, who was the only winning candidate on a different slate four years ago, and who was elected as second vice-president, has been promoted to first vice president, replacing Dave Myrie, principal of Kingston College, who did not seek re-election.

"This role means a lot to me, and it is an honour and privilege to be selected to represent one's national athletics association in this capacity," he told STAR Sports.

Forbes believes that the mix is a good one.

"Based on the skills of the people selected, I think it is a good mix, with the requisite skills set to 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," he added.

Three members who were also on the side that had opposed Blake's team are now on the new executive led by attorney-at-law, Lincoln Eatmon.

Eatmon was the man who challenged, and lost, to Blake four years ago.

Two members who were on his slate, Julette Parkes and Leroy Cooke, are now on the present executive.

Cooke replaces Ewan Scott as director of records.

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