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New JOA website to cover all the bases

Sunday, December 31, 2017

A new interactive website for the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) aimed at assisting all stakeholders will be at the forefront of Ryan Foster's 2018 plans to make the association more visible and engaging.

Foster, who was appointed chief executive officer of the JOA in November, has outlined a couple of initiatives that he believes will be of tremendous help for the various sporting bodies and the Diaspora.

“The website will be revamped to provide the respective associations the capability to accept donations locally and within the Diaspora, and to provide the ability for member associations to make application for funding as well as for games and development. It will be very interactive,” Foster told the Jamaica Observer.

The JOA also has in the pipeline plans to facilitate a national “association draft” in the first year of office, and thereafter every two years for each member sport in identifying new talent, refreshing the pool of existing talent and in increasing the national profile of the association.

“This is especially critical for those sport whereby unearthing talent is not as readily available, such as for football and track and field, that have multiple avenues for the athletes to showcase and unearth new talent.

“But other sports such as handball, rugby, softball, diving, badminton, fencing, et cetera will be allowed the opportunity to ramp up interest in their respective sport, but to also encourage sustainability of the respective sport,” Foster explained.

“Once talent pool is refreshed then various programmes within the respective federations will be used to develop these talents with the assistance of the JOA. The JOA will be working with our constituent members to develop long- term strategic plans for their respective sport to not only include resources, but athlete and coach development and infrastructure to support the development,” he added.

There will also be efforts to collaborate and partner with international sport agencies in providing member associations with customised technical assistance and coaching.

— Howard Walker