UPDATED: Curry favour — coaches upset over ASAJ selection policy

March 27, 2017
Rory Alvaranga named to national duties.
Experienced coach Lynval Lowe was not selected for Carifta duties.

Several of the island's senior swim coaches are crying foul over the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica's (ASAJ) selection policy which they say lacks transparency.

The CARIFTA Swimming Championships are set for next month in the Bahamas with Rory Alvaranga and Matthew Campbell to coach the 31-member team which will be managed by Tastey Blackman.

Gillian Millwood, who has been a national coach since 2011, said that some senior coaches such as Wendy Lee and Lynval Lowe were overlooked.

"There is a huge problem, and it's with persons who are inexperienced. The coaches, parents of swimmers and even the swimmers are concerned about the coaches selected this year," she stated.

Millwood said the experienced coaches who had been working with criteria that had been sent forward from 2012, with a precedent that was set from 1993 felt slighted.

STAR Sports was contacted by a parent of one of those representatives last week, who expressed concern over coaches selected.

She contented ASAJ president Handel Lamey had not responded to requests for meeting, noting swimmers were being asked to pay up to US $1,700 for the CARIFTA trip.

The cost would include flight, accommodation and gear.

Calls to Lamey went unanswered.

A source close to the ASAJ council believes that politics and favouritism are at work.

"The council is making decisions to favour some people. We are in a situation where we once were in 2011-2012, which is backward, and which is counterproductive to team work, and team morale," said our source.


NOTE: In the previously published version of this article, Gillian Millwood was incorrectly quoted as saying she was unceremoniously replaced by the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) ahead of next month's CARIFTA Swimming Championships slated for Nassau, Bahamas. We regret the error and apologise to Millwood for any inconvenience caused. 

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