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MAS meets with swimming stakeholders

Participants of the “meet and greet” event of the Movement for Aquatic Success (MAS) slate, challenging to replace the incumbent Joseph Mc Leod’s team at the October 14 Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) AGM, have expressed “particular concern” about “ghost clubs” participating in the AGM. According to a media release from MAS, the term was coined to describe clubs who are on the ASATT’s register but do not actively participate in the ASATT activities and also do not have the requisite amount of athletes to be deemed a constitutional member. Among other issues raised by the audience were the general democracy of ASATT, transparency and accountability issues, the emasculation of council as it relates to decision making, lack of proper planning and the role of the National Aquatic Centre in the sport’s development.

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The official seven-member slate was revealed at the a meet and greet event at the Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence on Republic Day.

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Wendell Lai Hing, a FINA certified referee and a member of the CCCAN technical committee who is spearheading the MAS slate and the challenge to incumbent Mc Leod, expressed pride and satisfaction in his team as they were all announced at the campaign launch.

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Lai Hing assured the audience that measures were being taken to deal with this long-standing issue of ghosts clubs, should the need arise at the AGM, which is more than two years overdue.

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Lai Hing’s team includes three former swimmers and national record holders in Franz Huggins, Chantal Ross-Thomas and Anthony Edwards.

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Huggins, the local coach of Dylan Carter, will be contesting the position of 1st Vice-President, a position which would see him oversee the technical arm of the sport.

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He is the owner of swim club Arieos Aquatechs and established over 30 national records during his swimming career.

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Ross-Thomas, who still holds multiple records despite her departure from competition over a decade ago, will be contesting the post of 2nd Vice-President, a position which oversees the fundraising aspect of the Association.

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She also holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Sport Management, and was previously employed at the Ministry of Sport.

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She addressed the gathering on the issues of good governance and financial independence. Edwards, the youngest on the team at age 26, is the candidate for Assistant Secretary/Treasurer. He also addressed the gathering on his graduation from athlete to professional as an engineer, and also to a coach and administrator.

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He identified how the sport assisted in his personal development, and indicated the various challenges he would have encountered and promised to be “a voice for coaches and swimmers”.

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Jason Wickham, who previously served from 2006 – 2011 as assistant secretary/treasurer and Public Relations Officer (PRO), will be making his return to contest the PRO position.

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Wickham, who unsuccessfully contested the position of president in 2013, currently co-manages the Centre of Excellence Swimming Pool Complex and has stated that he wishes to contribute to transform the Association’s image.

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Rounding off the team are Andrea Brache and Indardeo Maharaj for the positions of secretary and treasurer, respectively.

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Brache is the holder of an executive masters degree in sport management and has 14 years experience in sport administration and has been an active volunteer at the club level.

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Maharaj also is a volunteer within the fraternity with decades of experience in the corporate world and is the managing director of his own business.

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The gathering included learn-to-swim instructors, water polo and swim coaches and administrators, parents, technical officials and athletes current and past.

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Among those in the audience making contributions during the open forum were two-time Olympian Sharntelle Mc Lean, 2016 Olympic Qualifier Cherelle Thompson, former President of ASATT and head coach of Tidal Wave Aquatics, Hazel Haynes, and long time learn-to-swim and competitive coach, Ralph “Linky” Yearwood.

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Lai Hing was pleased at the turnout at the history-making interactive session, which afforded stakeholders an avenue to freely express their views.

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While the constitution of ASATT provides that the term of the officers of the association shall be one year, the last election was held on October 31st 2013.

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At the October 14th election, the audited accounts of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 are expected to be presented..

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