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Gordon, Hewitt, James join Team Comissiong slate for NAAA election

On the week­end, the trio was re­vealed via a video post on so­cial me­dia themed “Youth Meets Ex­pe­ri­ence – Pass­ing The Ba­ton”, as part of the in­cum­bent George Comis­siong’s team for the elec­tions, which was due last No­vem­ber but was post­poned due to the coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) pan­dem­ic.

In Feb­ru­ary, Comis­siong, who was vice-pres­i­dent of the NAAATT, be­came act­ing pres­i­dent fol­low­ing Ephraim Ser­rette’s res­ig­na­tion. Ser­rette had been on the NAAATT board for some 15 years, 13 of which he has served as pres­i­dent

For­mer na­tion­al track ath­letes Je­hue Gor­don, Zwede He­witt and Ja­maal James have been linked to one of the two slates con­test­ing po­si­tions at the up­com­ing Na­tion­al As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tions of T&T’s (NAAATT) an­nu­al gen­er­al meet­ing (AGM) and elec­tion of of­fi­cers.

On the week­end, the trio was re­vealed via a video post on so­cial me­dia themed “Youth Meets Ex­pe­ri­ence – Pass­ing The Ba­ton”, as part of the in­cum­bent George Comis­siong’s team for the elec­tions, which was due last No­vem­ber but was post­poned due to the coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) pan­dem­ic.

In Feb­ru­ary, Comis­siong, who was vice-pres­i­dent of the NAAATT, be­came act­ing pres­i­dent fol­low­ing Ephraim Ser­rette’s res­ig­na­tion. Ser­rette had been on the NAAATT board for some 15 years, 13 of which he has served as pres­i­dent.

The elec­tions are card­ed for No­vem­ber 27 at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um in Cou­va and mem­bers will vote for the fol­low­ing po­si­tions pres­i­dent, first vice pres­i­dent, sec­ond vice-pres­i­dent, gen­er­al sec­re­tary, as­sis­tant gen­er­al sec­re­tary, trea­sur­er and di­rec­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to gen­er­al sec­re­tary Voisin on Mon­day, the dead­line for sub­mit­ting nom­i­nees is on Sat­ur­day (No­vem­ber 6).

“What is present­ly in the pub­lic are two slates, one led by the in­cum­bent George Comis­siong and the oth­er by Ian Hy­po­lite. On­ly at the close of nom­i­na­tions we would know all the nom­i­nees be­cause it is pos­si­ble for in­di­vid­u­als to run for of­fice, but his­to­ry has shown that slates con­test the elec­tions,” he said, adding that there will be sev­er­al op­tions to par­tic­i­pate in the AGM.

The AGM will be held at Ato Boldon Sta­di­um for in-per­son vac­ci­nat­ed in­di­vid­u­als and vir­tu­al for non-vac­ci­nat­ed and those who choose not to at­tend in per­son.”

The in­cum­bents are Comis­siong (pres­i­dent), Dex­ter Voisin (gen­er­al sec­re­tary) and Durly Lu­cas (mem­ber) who is chal­leng­ing the sec­ond vice-pres­i­dent post. The rest of Comis­siong’ slate in­cludes Paul Voisin (first vice-pres­i­dent), Michelle Stoute (as­sis­tant gen­er­al sec­re­tary) and Mar­lene Roopchans­ingh Williams (trea­sur­er).

The an­nounce­ment in­clud­ed im­ages of each mem­ber as well as Gor­don, the 2013 Men’s 400 me­tres hur­dles World cham­pi­on, He­witt, the 2010 men’s 400m na­tion­al cham­pi­on and James, a mul­ti­ple men’s 800m na­tion­al cham­pi­on along with cur­rent sec­ond vice-pres­i­dent Al­lan Ba­boolal, a mem­ber of the NAAATT for the past 35 years, and Cuquie Melville, who was re­vealed as can­di­dates for the po­si­tion of di­rec­tors on the board.

Dr Ian Hy­po­lite will vie for the board’s top po­si­tion ac­cord­ing to a video post­ed on the week­end with him stat­ing:  “In­tro­duc­ing a team of ex­pe­ri­ence and youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance.”

It went on to dis­play im­ages of him­self and his slate which in­clud­ed Sher­win Joseph, Michelle Al­leyne-Pen­nie, Bevon Lord (as­sis­tant sec­re­tary), Dami­an Gopee and Aaisha Mar­tin chal­leng­ing for the re­spec­tive po­si­tions. Cur­rent trea­sur­er Ar­lon Mor­ri­son and An­na-Lee Wal­cott are seek­ing po­si­tions as di­rec­tors.