The Membership of the Bequia Basketball Association elected a new Executive Committee to serve for two years from 2017 to 2019 on June 19th at the Bequia District Council.
The Annual General Meeting was represented by eleven teams: East Blazers, Rising Stars, Raptors, Wizards, Blazing Heat, Southern Stars, Young Duke, Titans, Dragons, Rockets, and Young Wizards.
Sabrina Mitchell was re-elected uncontested as President, to lead the organization for another term. Cornelius Farrel, and Colson Peters were also re-elected, as Vice President and Treasurer respectively.
Newcomer Givin Forde was elected Secretary, and Anthony Sargeant as Secretary Treasurer.
Delwain Simmons was re-elected Games Secretary and Kelan Edwards was re-elected Players Representative.
The elections included four appointed positions: Rick Gurley as Assistant Games Secretary, and three committee members Leandru Charles, Sydian Warner and Vernell Phillips, who join the Executive for the first time.
The Agenda of the meeting included the President’s Report and a detailed assessment of the financial statements of the Association. Mitchell spoke of the financial challenges facing all sports in SVG, and congratulated the Association for meeting those challenges, balancing the budget and continuing to develop basketball in Bequia.
Mitchell also reviewed the developments of the past year, as well as discussed preparations for the upcoming tournament. She gave the commitment of the BBA to continue to put great emphasis on the development of the children’s league, the U16 Division.
She commended the U16 coaches for their hard work over the years, which has produced excellent results, with the Bequia youth players performing well and winning the Secondary School national Championships as well as making the 3×3 National Youth team. She also reported on the basketball scholarship being awarded to Austin Derrick to study and play in Taiwan, and who should be leaving for Taiwan next week.
The annual tournament, going into its 19th consecutive season begins soon, opening on July 15th and running until August 27th.