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‘Bring more women on board’

Justin Marville

‘Bring more women on board’

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Derrick Garrett is being encouraged to look more at the fairer sex.
National Sports Council assistant director Mona Alleyne believes the incumbent president of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association needs to bring more women on his next executive if the sport truly wants to develop its female members.
Alleyne made the point while delivering the feature address at Sunday’s annual awards ceremony ahead of next month’s general elections.
“I still am not happy with the representation of women on your executive, and the secretary is being worked very hard though I know she is capable so I look forward to seeing more women involved in sport at the executive level,” said Alleyne.
“Yes, we play. Yes, we do all the other things but I want to see more in administration. There is an aspect of sport that deals with women in sport in administration and the leadership that I want to see developed more in the national federations in Barbados.
“It happens that while some of us take our time, we don’t get paid for it but because the fire is in our bellies we go and we do what we have to do and we do it all the time.
“We continue to do it because some people believe that is all that women will do but I am proud to say tonight that your secretary is doing well,” she added.
Just four of the association’s 14-member executive – secretary Charlene Leacock, assistant secretary Marjorie Thorne, treasurer Sophie Thorpe and referee representative Shakira Shorey – are female.
And that is up from previous councils which routinely featured only two and three women on the executive body.
But Alleyne was also quick to point out and praise the BABA for developing three female officials – Shorey, Gillian Martindale and Jennifer Joseph-Hackett – to the level of FIBA-accredited referees.
“I am happy too that some of [the female] officials are coming through in terms of coaching and refereeing [and] I’m happy overall for the development of the sport. Administration of a national federation is not easy,” Alleyne admitted.
“I am happy to see that there is a lot of progress but I want also to encourage having more officials. Many disciplines are suffering [because of it].
“I understand that there are some sports that are hardly ever conducting courses for officials or encouraging more people to come but you have to have the officials because without them you have no game.”