From Inside the Games

Garth Gayle has been elected as the new President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) with a massive victory over Olympic gold medallist Don Quarrie.

Gayle, honorary secretary of the JAAA for the last 20 years, polled 236 votes to Quarrie’s 28 at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kingston. 

He replaces Warren Blake, an orthopaedic surgeon, who has fulfilled a promise to step down after serving two terms having first been elected in 2011.

Gayle will be replaced as honorary secretary by his long-time assistant, Marie Travers, who defeated Anthony Davis at the AGM held at the National Stadium in Jamaica’s capital. 

Tavares’ replacement as assistant secretary, Brian Smith, is a former vice-president of the JAAA.

“I am very elated that the delegates have given me this resounding win today,” Gayle, principal of a high school in St Catherine in the south-east of the Caribbean island, told the Jamaica Gleaner. 

“We now have to meet immediately to put our team together. 

“We have a lot to do, to begin the work put forward in our manifesto. 

“We have a lot to do as we have the pandemic and we need to get the sport back on track.

“I am here to work with anyone who is willing to work on behalf of track and field and Jamaica.”

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