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Former Netball head calls for constitutional changes

Former Netball head calls for constitutional changes


Immediate Past President of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Netball Association Godfrey Harry is calling for changes to the organization’s constitution, to make provisions for recall of elected members who fail to perform during their tenure.{{more}}

Harry made this known in an interview with SEARCHLIGHT last Thursday, at the SVGNA’s Biennial General Meeting at the Thomas Saunders Secondary School.

Harry, who did seek a second term of office, revealed that during his stewardship from 2010 to 2012, there were issues with some Executive members.

“We had a problem with truancy of some members failing to attend meetings and that created a strain on others; and as far as I am concerned, the association matters and sports matters are serious business and persons are not willing to work in positions given to them; they should not take them in the first place”, Harry said forcefully.

Pointing to the constitution, Harry said: “the constitution has a lot of leeway which does not make it possible for a recall system for delinquent Executive members”, Harry stated.

Harry, who will serve the next six months as the Immediate Past President, in an advisory position to the Dellarice Duncan-led executive, believes he has laid the groundwork for the new leadership to buid and continue on its path.

In reflecting on his two years as head of the SVGNA, Harry said, “For me, barring the constraints, I figure I have done well, as I was dealing with putting the structures in place, structures for tournaments, ensuring we have a secretariat to operate from.”

Harry is hopeful that the new executive will make full use of the secretariat created at the Kingstown Netball Center, which he thinks will ease the strain from having to depend on the facilities of members’ homes.

Harry said that with the burden of the headship of the SVGNA off his hand, he will be concentrating on making his club X-Ceed a stronger force.