Wayne Williams – renowned sports administrator, businessman, motivational speaker – has declared his candidacy for President of the St Vincent and the Grenadines National Olympic Committee (SVGNOC).
Williams joins Stephen Joachim of the SVG Swimming Federation and Vanburn Harry of the SVG Taekwondo Association, in the race for the top NOC position.
The race will be significant in that a new person will fill the position since long-standing President –Trevor ‘Sailor’ Bailey – had indicated with early notice that he was not standing for re-election.
In a conversation with Williams this week, he introduced himself as one who has been “involved in the Olympic Committee for several years,” adding, “Before I went to university I was one of the original persons who met to get the organization off the ground in SVG.”
In fact, Williams is the current Vice President of the NOC and confessed to supporting Bailey, but once Bailey declared his position and with indication of support from people close to him, he decided to run for president.
In addition to the administration expertise that he has been able to hone through the years – as a long-serving President of the SVG Basketball Federation, not to mention the overseas exposure to regional and hemispheric conferences, seminars, training – Williams is confident that these experience plus the years of intimate involvement in running the operations of the NOC as its Vice President, have redounded in giving him a profound understanding of the challenges that confront the role of the NOC in the development of sports in SVG.
He is further enhanced, he said, by the years of listening to and respecting the views of sports persons across the spectrum and is also bolstered, he added, by his knowledge of how to motivate and move persons from one level up to another, so that they can realise their true potential.
This, he said, is a fundamental attribute that any leader would want and should possess.
Once given the position, Williams said, “My intention is to try and build on what exists….. When people think of the Olympic Movement they think of the elite aspect but another very important component that falls directly under the athletes’ development programme is about being active for life.
“Persons need to have knowledge it relates to managing the demands of the total Olympic movement, and I think I have checked all of the boxes and am equipped and prepared to do so,” Williams contended.
The former national basketballer player and still an active coach, enters the race convinced and mindful of the role and contribution of others.
He is convinced that, “we can always find ways of doing things better and that is what we strive for in life, finding ways to bring more value to the organization and members whom we are committed to serve.”
Candidates for the position of President will make their presentations on November 12th. Nomination for the position closes on October 28th.