Reactions have been pouring in for the former Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Pat Anderson who passed away on Tuesday at the University Hospital of the West Indies at the age of 84. He had been ailing for a while.
Anderson holds the unique distinction of having led two national sporting associations, having served as JAAA president from 2000-2004 and JFF president from 1977-1979. Current JAAA president Dr Warren Blake was among those who reacted to Anderson's passing.
“He was quite good as a sports administrator; he was really a very good president for the federation and he helped to lay the foundation for the country’s present success in track and field,” said Dr Blake. Meanwhile, former JFF President Tony James has described Anderson as the "father of football" in Jamaica.
“An outstanding goalkeeper at Boys’ Town; he continued his work at Kirkvine and was mentor to many of us footballers who have graduated to the upper echelons of national and international football,” noted James.
Anderson was also a former president of the Manchester Football Association.