Nicole Grant returned as JAGA president, says new board members possess skills to move sport forward

By August 30, 2021

Nicole Grant is of the view that the new additions to the board of the Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association will bring the required dynamism needed to take the sport forward in Jamaica.

Grant was returned as president for another term during a virtual Annual General Meeting held on Sunday evening. During her new term, Grant said the objectives are clear.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to once again win the confidence of the members of the Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association to have me as their president for another four years.

“We are going to be focusing on strengthening our parent and club relations. Most important, we are seeking to strengthen our administrative division, focusing a lot on the education of our members. We will definitely be putting in a lot more work on fundraising and partnership relations to maintain our programmes, especially our Youth Olympic Programme,” she said while explaining that the new members of the board possess the requisite skill sets to make these goals attainable.

“We do have a couple of new injections to the board that are experienced in the fields that they are elected to be and we hope that with this new personnel, we will have a more vibrant board that will help us to move the sports of gymnastics further to the goals that we want to achieve.”

Among them is the new vice president for international relations, Ms Shenice Martin. Martin, who is based in the United States, previously served as the director of club affairs and, according to Grant, has been doing tremendous work in the United States to help to build the sport locally.

There is also a new director for officials development and parent relations in the form of Mlela Matandara-Clarke, who is a lecturer at the University of Technology, an architect as well as a business owner. She has worked in the field of sports development in New Zealand for many years, Grant said.

“We have also added Brian Mighty, who is the director of fundraising and maintenance. A pastor and business owner, Mighty has been with the association for some time as a parent of two young gymnasts.

Also new on the board is their honorary treasurer Khaldia Russell, who is currently a financial controller and has been working in the field of finance and accounts for many years.

“We have a new assistant secretary, Mrs Margaret Facey-Dobbs, who has had many years of experience in the field working with children, especially in the field of social work and administration and we are very pleased that she also has experience as a child psychologist, who will help us with our goal to prepare our youngsters mentally from as early as possible,” Grant said.

“We are pleased we have a new set of experts who can help us move the association and the sport of gymnastics forward.

“We seek to continue the development of our athletes from the grassroots level with a special focus on their holistic development. We are also seeking to improve on our infrastructure, not only in Kingston but also in other parishes in Jamaica.”

 

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • Manning and DaCosta Cup competitions to kick off mid-November after government greenlights resumption of schoolboy football Manning and DaCosta Cup competitions to kick off mid-November after government greenlights resumption of schoolboy football

     The Jamaican government has given the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) the green light for the staging of schoolboy football this season. As such, ISSA said it is now finalizing arrangements to commence the Manning Cup and DaCosta Cup on Friday, November 12 or Saturday, November 13.

  • Tokyo Olympic champions Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shaunae Miller-Uibo among 10 nominees for Female Athlete of the Year Tokyo Olympic champions Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shaunae Miller-Uibo among 10 nominees for Female Athlete of the Year

    Elaine Thompson-Herah, the fastest woman alive and a triple Olympic gold medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been named among 10 women contending for World Athletics’ Female Athlete of the Year.

    The 29-year-old Jamaica, who became the first woman to successfully win 100 and 200m titles at consecutive Olympic Games, stunned the world this past summer in Tokyo when she ran an Olympic record of 10.61 to win gold in the 100m and then followed up with a 21.53-second run to take a second gold medal in the 200m. The 21.53 was also a Jamaican national record and, is the second-fastest time ever by a woman in the 200m.

    She added a third gold medal when she ran the second leg of Jamaica’s victorious 4x100m relay team that ran a national record of 41.02, the third-fastest in history

    Following the Olympics, Thompson-Herah ran times of 10.54, 10.64 and 10.65 to win the 100m Diamond League title and which made her the first woman in history to run faster than 10.70 on four separate occasions.

     However, notwithstanding her record-breaking performances, Thompson-Herah will not have things her own way because the nine other candidates also had incredible seasons.

    Valarie Allman, USA of the USA is the Olympic discus champion and Diamond League champion and set a North American discus record of 71.16m.

    Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn ran unbeaten during the season winning the Olympic title with a new Olympic and National record of 12.26, equaling fourth on the world all-time list.

    Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won Olympic titles in the 5000m and 10,000m champion and was the silver medalist in the 1500m. She also broke the 10,000m world record during the season.

    Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon is the Olympic and Diamond League 1500m champion and set the Kenyan 1500m record of 3:51.07 in Monaco.

    Mariya Lasitskene won the Olympic high jump and the Diamond League and set a world-leading 2.05m.

    Sydney McLaughlin of the USA set two world records in the 400m hurdles on her to win her first Olympic title in Tokyo where she also won gold as a member of the USA’s 4x400m relay team.

    Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas won her second Olympic title in an area and national record 48.36. She joined Marie Jose Perec as the only woman to win 400m gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games.

    She also set a North American Indoor 400m record of 50.21 in April.

    Athing Mu of the USA won gold medals in the 800m and 4x400m relay in Tokyo. She also set a World U20 indoor 800m record and North American U20 records at 400m and 800m.

    Yulimar Rojas set a new World and Olympic record of 15.67m while winning the gold medal in the triple jump in Tokyo. She was also the Diamond League champion.

    A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

    The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a 'like' on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

     The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50 per cent of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25 per cent of the final result.

     Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Saturday 6 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five women and five men finalists will be announced by World Athletics.

     The female and male World Athletes of the Year will be announced live at the World Athletics Awards 2021 in December.

  • 'She's determined enough to try again' - MVP coach Francis backs McPherson to bounce back from Olympic disappointment 'She's determined enough to try again' - MVP coach Francis backs McPherson to bounce back from Olympic disappointment

    Stephen Francis, coach of Jamaica-based track club MVP, has backed quarter-miler Stefenie Ann Mcpherson to recover from the disappointment of the Olympic Games and is confident she still has plenty of time to claim an individual major Games medal.

    The 32-year-old runner finished just outside of the medal places in Tokyo, after being caught and passed close to the finish line by USA legend Alisson Felix who captured the final podium spot.  The race was won in dominant fashion by the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo with second place going to the Dominica Republic’s Marileidy Paulino.

    McPherson’s finishing time of 49.61 was much slower than her season-best of 49.34, which had been recorded in the event's semi-final.  The athlete collapsed violently sobbing after the event.  Francis admits that the athlete’s time in the final was a bit of a surprise but believes she is poised to recover and post exceptional performances in the upcoming season.

    “It was disappointing because I thought she would have run 48 high in the 400m (Olympic final),” Francis told Sportsmax.Tv in a recent interview.

    “She is, however, young enough and determined enough that she will be able to try again,” he added.

    McPherson, the event’s reigning national champion, returned to training with the majority of the club’s athletes earlier this week.

     

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.