New Team: From L-R: Willis ‘Chucky’ Todman, Angelita Bernard,Delva Thomas, Dean Greenaway, Steve Augustine, Adriana Herbert and chief coach, Dag Samuels. Not pictured is public relations officer, Paul Hewlette.
Photo Credit: Gordon French/BVI Platinum News
Dean Greenaway captured the lion's share of the votes to retain the presidency of the BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA) during a General Meeting held at the Elmore Stoutt High School last evening, October 15.
Greenaway crushed presidential challenger, Karl Scatliffe 24-13.
Also elected to serve on the new executive with Greenaway for the next four years are vice-president, Steve Augustine; treasurer, Willis 'Chucky' Todman; general secretary, Delva Thomas; assistant secretary, Angelita Bernard; public relations officer, Paul Hewlette; and athletes representative, Adriana Herbert.
Augustine, Bernard, Hewlette and Herbert all ran unopposed, while Todman defeated Wendell 'Pow' Gaskin, 25-12 and Thomas edged Bernard for the position of general secretary, 22-15.
Following their defeat, both Scatliffe and Gaskin thanked the members who voted for them and pledged to work with the new executive to improve athletics in the Territory.
Greenaway outlined a number of goals, including the need for a summit to formulate a strategic plan for the BVIAA. He noted that there is need to conduct a review of the organization, examining its strength and weaknesses in all functional areas for better overall production by examining every facet of the organization. Greenaway also said that the BVIAA Constitution needs re-examination.
Greenaway pointed out that the harsh reality is there are many average sprinters who may very well be advised to seek glory in other events where the transition can be seamless, such as long and triple jumps and the high jump, three key areas in which the BVIAA has underdeveloped.
He also spoke about the need to expose coaches and officials to further training and strengthen the structure and administration of clubs where needed. According to Greenaway, many athletes come out and train, but officials have not instituted an adequate testing program to determine where athletes are best suited.
"Areas such as the long and triple jumps, high jump and distance running must be developed as program offerings to ensure we have well rounded teams and are more competitive on the regional level...work has to be done to get our male athletes to a higher standard," Greenaway stated.
Greenaway also outlined the need to produce finalists at the youth and junior championships and contend for medals. To that end, he stated that the BVIAA must increase the quota of athletes attending IAAF events.
He stated that over the next 6 years, 2013-2018, there will be several important upcoming competitions and an opportunity to meet the goal of obtaining medals.
Greenaway stated that athletes originally identified for the 2014 Youth Olympics Games (YOG), who are on track to make an impact as 16-17 year olds are Nelda Huggins, Lakeisha "Mimi" Warner, Tarike "Tinker Bell" Moses and Kyron McMaster.
He also outlined that the plan is to identify all the athletes who will be 16-17 for the competitions between 2015 and 2018.