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Dr. Warren Blake staves off challengers, re-elected JAAA President
Dr. Warren Blake has been given a resounding mandate by the delegates of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) to lead Jamaica’s track and field affairs for the next four years.
The incumbent landed a sweeping win in the elections at the JAAA’s Annual General Meeting which went on into the wee hours of Friday morning, the overall process ending after 2am.
Dr. Blake with 177 votes retained the Presidency beating off the challenge of Lincoln Eatmon 128 and Grace Jackson who got just 28 votes.
However, while Dr. Blake’s senior vice president Dave Myrie overcame the challenge of the hardworking Alfred Francis 197-116, he watched as his teammate Deon Hemmings-McCatty, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games 400m hurdles champion who lost 151-135 to Ian Forbes.
Olympic sprint hurdles gold medallist Michael Frater scored the widest margin of victory, 204-76 over Edward Hector for the post of 3rd vice president.
Vilma Charlton scored 166 votes to beat Wayne Robinson 53 and Dr. Neil Gardner 51, for the post of 4th vice president.
Garth Gayle with176 votes beat Juliet Parkes of Team Eatmon (74 votes) and Dr. Jon Jones of Team Jackson to retain his post as General Secretary with Marie Tavares returning as Assistant Secretary.
Ewan Scott from Team Blake, got 119 votes to beat Charles Fuller from Team Eatmon (84 votes) and Team Jackson’s Maurice Wignall (65 votes) for the post of Director of Records.
Ludlow Watts returned as Treasurer after receiving 167 votes to finish ahead of Bernie Panton (91) and Jose Toffe (23).
Meanwhile all the management committee members are all from Dr. Blake’s slate: Maxine Brown, Dr. Carl Bruce, Trevor ‘TC’ Campbell, Judith Ewart, Dennis Gordon, Gregory Hamilton, Dennis May and Michael Clarke.