Handel Lamey, a member of the Tornadoes Swim Club, is the new president of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ). Lamey defeated outgoing president Martin Lyn 22 votes to 20 at the recent annual general meeting of the association. A new executive has taken over the reins of the association for the period 2015-2017. Tornadoes club’s head coach, Wendy Lee, defeated vice-president for swimming, Allan-Roy Marsh, 22-14 while Nadav Goren received just votes. The new Secretary is Adrian Lyn, who defeated Lavinia McClure 32-10. Uncontested positions were: vice president for water polo – Lance Rochester; vice president for synchronised swimming – Sharon Smith; treasurer – Florence Williams and assistant secretary/treasurer – Paul Campbell. In expressing his appreciation to the swimming fraternity for depositing the confidence and support in the new ASAJ executive incoming president Lamey said he’s ready to take on the challenge of getting aquatics on the front burner. “I look forward to working with the new team in having the discipline of aquatics receive more attention. The establishment of the foundation of the strategic business plan for the sport is also critical to the development of aquatics in Jamaica going forward, and this has to be a shared objective of all stakeholders. We therefore encourage all stakeholders and members to participate at all levels to ensure that these objectives are met,” Lamey said. The new president noted that one of the primary objectives of his executive will be to ensure that Jamaican swimmers qualify and have an opportunity to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He noted that there are senior swimmers who are close to achieving the qualifying time standards for the 2016 Olympics, and the ASAJ will seek to provide the opportunities for them to participate in the approved qualifying meets based on the window that is still left for qualification.
Report: Sammy still West Indies T20 captain PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies selectors have retained T20 captain Darren Sammy for the upcoming International Cricket Council World T20 tournament, according to reports in the Trinidad and Tobago media. The reports come amid speculation that selectors may have replaced Sammy with ODI captain Jason Holder for the premier tournament scheduled for India in March. The Guardian newspaper reported on Monday that selectors opted for experience going into the T20 World Cup but the report contained no official confirmation from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Sammy, an all-rounder from St. Lucia, has presided over West Indies rise to number one in the ICC rankings. He led the team that won the title in 2012 in Sri Lanka and reached the semi-finals in 2014 in Bangladesh. Bravo happy with role in Red Force title win PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies middle order batsman Darren Bravo says he is pleased with the role he played that inspired Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to retain their NAGICO Super50 title on Saturday. Bravo missed his century on three occasions, but his prolific batting propelled Red Force into the finals where they dominated Barbados Pride with a one-sided 72 run win to remain champions. “It’s a good feeling. Obviously, when you contribute to a winning cause, it’s always a good feeling. And I’m always happy about that,” said Bravo, who returned to Red Force’s lineup towards the end of the competition after the West Indies tour of Australia. “It’s just a matter of continuing believing in myself. At the end of the day, I put in a lot of work so it’s always good to know that whenever you go out there, and you get that opportunity, it’s good to know that you’re reaping the rewards”. Coach hails Grenada’s new stadium ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): Former American track athlete and now Coach to Kirani James, Harvey Glance, has described Grenada’s new Chinese built athletic and football stadium as ‘mind blowing’. The US$40 million stadium, with a seating capacity of nearly 8,000, was declared open amid much pomp and pageantry in an official ceremony carried live on national television on Saturday. The new facility replaces the original athletics stadium which was destroyed when Hurricane Ivan ravaged the country in 2004. “This is my first time seeing the stadium in its full capacity not only crowd wise but also building wise because I came down to recruit Kirani when he was 16 and a half years old and the stadium had been hit by the hurricane,” said Glance. “So I am truly, truly impressed with what the Chinese people have done”. Glance attended the opening alongside James who was invited to perform the ceremonial lighting of the torch.
Portmore United 1 Harbour View 1 UWI FC 5 Boys’ Town 1 Tivoli Gardens 1 Humble Lion 2 Cavalier SC 2 Waterhouse 2 Humble Lion FC maintained fourth spot in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when they edged Tivoli Gardens 2-1 at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. Ricardo Campbell scored in the 45th minute and Levaughn ‘Country’ Williams (90th) for the winners, while Rodico Wellington netted a penalty in the 56th minute for the losers. Humble Lion pressured Tivoli from early and went in front on the stroke of half-time when Campbell moved from defence and scored from a corner kick. In the second half, Tivoli looked better and earned a penalty which was well taken by Wellington, which beat Humble Lion goalkeeper Kadeem Davis for the equaliser. However, Humble Lion, after going close to scoring on several occasions, then found the winning goal in the last-minute when Williams slotted past Davin Watkins in goal for the home side. With the victory, Humble Lion advanced to 39 points, two ahead of UWI FC, in the race for a top four finish. Montego Bay United lead the 12-team league on 54 points, ahead of defending champions Arnett Gardens (49) and Portmore (47). Coach of Humble Lion, Vassell Reynolds, was pleased with the result and performance of his team. “It was a very good fight from the team, a lot of energy from the players,” Reynolds told The Gleaner in a post-match interview. “We wanted to be on the front foot and did that. We fought and got the winning goal in the last minute. We have been doing well in the last couple of games, and still fighting for a top four finish,” he also said. Reynolds praised Williams for coming back from injuries and scoring in the last two games. “Levaughn Williams has been working hard and has scored in the last two games after coming back from several injuries,” he disclosed. Meanwhile, Tivoli’s manager, Brian Rose, said his team lacked fighting spirit. “We got complacent after winning back-to-back games and now we’ve lost two straight. We need to get back to winning ways,” Rose said. Yesterday’s Results Today’s game 8:40 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Rivoli United at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex