Newly-elected president of the Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica (formerly the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica) Martin Lyn, says he's happy to be once again occupying the hot seat at the local governing body. Lyn who previously served six years as head of the ASAJ, was on Wednesday night elected after beating outgoing president Handel Lamey 32-22 at a seven hour-long meeting.
After a two hour deliberation, due to issues regarding the number of votes given to each registered swim club, based on the association's constitution, 54 delegates cast their votes, giving Lyn another try at the swimming association’s top job. While greatful for the support, Lyn was quick to bash the previous administration.
“I will do what I need to do to put aquatics back on the map and again this is one of the issues of poor administration. We had been calling for a voters’ list prior to this (AGM) for about three weeks and the voters’ list wasn’t forthcoming; and as a result of that, several scenarios were played out here this evening which were very unnecessary,” said Lyn.
Georgia Sinclair was also elected first vice president of swimming, while Maureen Smith was voted first vice president of synchronised swimming and Lance Rochester returned as first vice president of water polo. Carol Thompson was also elected general secretary.
The votes for ASAJ treasurer was tied between Florence Williams and Richard Hopkins and it was decided that Williams, who occupied the role before the start of the night, will remain while Hopkins becomes the assistant treasurer. There was also a vote to change the name of the association from the Amateur Swimming Association to the Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica.