Sport

Broomfield looks to more inclusive JaBA

BY SHERDON COWAN

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

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Presidential candidate for the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) Dr Mark Broomfield has made some additions to his team and manifesto leading up to Sunday's election.

Broomfield outlined that some of the changes made to his plans will benefit every conference as there have been complaints about the absence of the JaBA within some conferences.

"We want to look at the management structure, which includes the constitution and the examination of the organisation chart of JaBA. We want to see if it is working and how best to make it more efficient and effective in terms of mandate.

"So when it comes on to the constitution, we can say what should be amended, the justification for the amendment and why it should be amended," he told the Jamaica Observer in a telephone interview yesterday.

In addition to that, Broomfield explained that he will also be seeking to implement an advisory board, made up of affiliates and partners of the association, which will oversee the progress of the administration.

"Presently, I don't think this is a part of JaBA, so what we would look at when we go into office is to implement an advisory board which executives will report to frequently to ensure that we are going by our mandate," said the registrar and director of sports at the Caribbean Maritime Institute.

The former Swallowfield All-Star player has so far added president of the Southern Conference association Calvin Martin to his slate to run for the position of first vice-president, and Terane Campbell from the Eastern Conference has also been added to play the role of assistant treasurer.

"I am currently seeking to add someone from MoBay and also from Ocho Rios (Northern Conference) and Mandeville (Central Conference) to come on our slate, but we haven't confirmed with anyone just yet," said Broomfield.

Broomfield, who claims he has been involved in the sport for more than 25 years, said this has led him to the idea of publishing a book entitled Preserving The Past For Basketball's Future. The book , he says, will capture the history of the sport, those who have contributed to the sport and the way forward.

For president of JaBA, Broomfield main rival is Paulton Gordon, vice-president in the former administration.

The elections will be conducted at the Christar Villas Hotel, but tt has not yet been ascertained if it will be under the auspices of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (EOJ).

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