Romel Currency is the new President of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association Inc.
An economist by profession and Guardian General Saints and former St Vincent and the Grenadines, Windward Islands and Combined Campuses and Colleges middle-order batsman, Currency was elected at the SVG Cricket Association Inc. (SVGCA) Annual General Meeting, held at the Presidents Suite at the National Sporting Complex, last Saturday.
He replaces Dr. Kishore Shallow who, having served the constitutionally stipulated maximum of three successive 2-year terms, was not eligible for re-election.
In the race for the top position, Currency garnered 36 of the 66 votes up for grabs, with Dougal James getting 20 and Daniel McMillan 10.
The other members of the new executive are all returning officers whose positions were unopposed, save and except for one position.
Those officers are: Miles Bascombe – 1st Vice President; Denis Byam – 2nd Vice President; Samuel Holder – Secretary; Cleton Barnet – Assistant Secretary; Jenry Ollivierre –Treasurer; Roland Wilkinson, Samantha Lynch and Dyke Cato and Elron Lewis – Committee members.
Lewis, of the Jules Anthony Academy, is the only new face. He replaces Deighton Butler.
In his maiden address as president, Currency thanked the membership for their support and recognized his opponents as having “excellent ideas and want cricket to go forward,” and anticipated their continued service to local cricket.
He also lauded the work of outgoing president Dr. Shallow and his executive and committed “to build on what Dr. Shallow and his executive did in the last six years.”
The prevailing COVID-19 situation did not escape the incoming president’s attention, with him acknowledging the adverse impact the situation has had on commerce, but urging, “…. we have to move forward, but it all starts with a discussion,” and alluded to the strategic plan 2019 to 2024 as being pivotal going forward.
Currency also included in his ‘plan’ a return of the primary schools competition; working with the government, (ministries of Sport and Education_ and any organization “who is willing to contribute in anyway going forward.”
Source: The Vincentian