The Belize Amateur Athletic Association (BAAA) held elections during its annual general meeting over the weekend in Belize City. The Association was suspended by its parent body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) following internal disputes. The new president is Hugh “Pinas” Staine, who spoke to PLUS News following the election.
“I actually have a passion for sports in general and I have seen athletics in decline over the years, and, I have been on defense looking on and decide that is best that we can’t sit on the fence anymore and see the children being suffering out there, so, I decided to take on the rein.
Reporter: “Okay, you explained in your little address at the end of the election that you want to work with everyone, that you are looking to move athletics forward. What do you think is the most important matter to get settled prospect?
Mr. Hugh”Pinas” Staine: “The most important matter is for us to get back in full recognition by the I AF and international bodies, and once we get that off the ground, then as a country, we’ll be able to participate in international athletics”.
The Association has dropped one A from its name and is now the Belize Athletic Association.
The members of the executive are Hugh Staine, president; Dylan Jones and Jaheed Smith, vice-presidents; Liesje Chung-Barrow, secretary; Michelle Young, assistant secretary; Edison Flowers, treasurer; Philip Marin, Philip Murray and Andrew Pilgrim, committee members; and public relations officer Shane Swift.