BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - FOLLOWING several weeks of tumult at the St. Kitts-Nevis Athletics, formerly St. Kitts-Nevis Athletics Association, Association, a new president and executive members have taken up their positions.
Delwayne Delaney has been selected to lead the Association while Dwayne Warner has been identified as the Vice President, Damon Bacchus as General Secretary and Patrice Harris as the Public Relations Officer.
The four positions were made vacant earlier this year when the Public Relations Officer tendered his resignation, citing challenges with personal commitments and work load, while the Vice President vacated his position due to conflicts between himself and the then President, Val Henry.
In September, a special general meeting saw member clubs successfully passing a no-confidence motion in President Henry and General Secretary Keithley Phillip.
That motion had left the Association without several important members.
A statement from the Association said that it has appointed four new members to fill the vacant roles of President, Vice President, Public Relations Officer and General Secretary as acting appointees until ratified.
According to the body, interviews for the vacant positions were conducted on October 19 and 26 with the newly-appointed officers, who would serve in their respective positions until December 2021.
The successful candidates would be acting in those positions until ratified by member clubs of the Association at the next general meeting in December 2019.
Delaney, a former SKN Olympic athlete and Commonwealth Games delegate, currently holds the position of President of Sol Island Auto Conaree Football Club and is a member and coach of the Extreme Velocity Track Club.
The new SKNA boss said he would use his experience as a former regional and international athlete to promote the development of sport through SKN Athletics.
“I am honoured to have been appointed to the role of President of SKN Athletics. I have been involved in track and field for many years and in many capacities. I believe that this rich experience, both as an athlete and coach, will help the organisation to achieve its objective of promoting track and field in St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Warner boasts of over 25 years in the track and field arena, and currently serves as President of Titans Athletic Club in Nevis.
According to the SKNA, Bacchus is currently the Athletics Manager for the Basseterre High School Athletic Programme, as well as for the Fast Twitch Athletic Club, and is a certified “CECS-Level 1 Youth Coach”.
Meanwhile, Harris, a media and communications professional, had recently returned to the Federation after completing graduate studies in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.