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Clubs demand NJ constitution change

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:07 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

The country’s netball clubs are scheduled to convene a meeting with the executive body of Netball Jamaica (NJ) in the coming weeks as they seek to address one of the clauses in the association which speaks to the eligibility of presidential candidates. They will also address other concerns regarding their clubs and the on a whole.

The club members are hoping to erase the clause in NJ’s constitution which stipulates that for one to become eligible to run for the post of president, one must be an elected member of the board for at least two years.

Pastor Derrick Brown, president of the Global United Club, told The Gleaner that the clubs would like for this clause to be changed before NJ’s annual general meeting in November.

“I think what that (clause) does is that you may have quality persons on the board, but they will not be able to run because they are not on the board for two years, so I think that article has done its time and needs to change,” Brown said.


Christopher Campbell, coach of Tivoli Gardens, agrees with Brown, and he says that there are other significant issues that have been affecting the sport, which NJ must address at the meeting.

“I believe that we should have the change, and if we can do it this year, then why we don’t do it this year?” he said. “The law is not to disenfranchise anybody, so why would I be afraid to change it? I think that it is a law that should have never been there in the first place.”

NJ first vice-president Tricia Robinson is expected to take over the presidency from Paula Daley-Morris, who will not be seeking re-election. Robinson is among four board members who are qualified to contest the post of presidency under the current stipulations, with the others being Wayne Shaw, Janet Johnson, and Leonni Phinn. The other candidates have indicated that they will be not be vying for the post.

Campbell says that he has nothing against Robinson, but the clubs just want to have the constitution changed.

“The clubs are the ones who have put these people in office, so they are accountable to the clubs, and if the clubs call a meeting, I think it is critical because they have some concerns,” he said.

“It is very important because there are matters to be addressed in terms of leaderships. There are questions about the [World Cup] last July, and there are some other technical questions that they have that need answers.”

Calls to Daley-Morris and Robinson to get a comment on the matter went unanswered.