'No conflict of interest'
OBERON Pitterson-Nattie being a member of the Sunshine Girls selection panel, while coaching Caribbean rivals Grenada's Under-21 team, is not a conflict of interest, Paula Daley-Morris, president of Netball Jamaica, insisted yesterday.
In the lead-up to Jamaica's recent drawn series against Barbados, Pitterson-Nattie was spotted conducting drills with the Sunshine Girls, five of whom are Under -21 players and due to participate in June's World Youth Championships in Botswana alongside Grenada.
The drills were being watched by head coach, Jermaine Allison-McCracken, who later said she was unaware that the Jamaican was a member of the selection panel until she turned up at training.
Daley-Morris explained that Pitterson-Nattie is among a pool of former national coaches and administrators that the association usually calls on to select the Sunshine Girls team whenever they have international assignments.
“There is not a conflict of interest because, remember, she is not a selector for the Under-21 squad. We have a panel of selectors who we pull for different series, and so she was on the selection panel for the senior squad.We have a selection pool and three persons are picked each time, along with the coach, from the pool. The pool has about eight people in it," she explained.
Daley-Morris said the selectors volunteer to help select the national team.
“We have a pool and, what we do, every time we have a selection coming, depending on the group, we decide on which is the best group of selectors to sit in on the panel. These selectors are not paid because it is all voluntary. We don’t even give travelling allowances, she added.
Meanwhile, at least three top local coaches yesterday said they wished not to comment when told of Daley-Morris' stance.