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‘Athletics still in 1970 without an office’ - Dean H. Greenaway

- said 45 years on meetings still being kept at Association members’ homes & offices
President of the British Virgin Islands Athletics Association (BVIAA) Dean H. ‘The Sportsman’ Greenaway has lamented the fact that the BVIAA still does not have an office after 45 years in existence. Photo: C.M. Farrington/BVIAA/Facebook
The BVI Athletics Association celebrated 45 years of existence last year 2015. Photo: BVIAA
The BVI Athletics Association celebrated 45 years of existence last year 2015. Photo: BVIAA
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- President of the British Virgin Islands Athletics Association (BVIAA) Dean H. ‘The Sportsman’ Greenaway has lamented the fact that the BVIAA still does not have an office after 45 years in existence.

Speaking at the 7th Athletes Awards Gala presented by Sol at The Moorings on Tuesday December 29, 2015, Mr Greenaway said as athletes enjoy success on the field, the administration of the sport must keep pace and this is an area that it has to improve on.

Additionally, he said February 2016 will mark 5 years since the stands at the A. O. Shirley Grounds have been installed but nothing has been done since, much to the BVIAA’s disappointment.

“As the territory’s most successful sport, we don’t have an office. That shouldn’t be. The Association’s business is in my home, my office and the General Secretary’s home and office. We need to see improvement on that facility at the A. O. Shirley Grounds,” Mr Greenaway pointed out, in the presence of the Minister responsible for Sports, Hon Myron V. Walwyn.

Further highlighting the need for an office, Mr Greenaway said Association meetings have to be held at his office.

“We have nowhere to entertain and showcase our sport during major competitions. I’ve seen the Premier attending as well as the Sports Minister and other Senior Government officials attending competitions and standing by the fence. I don’t see that anywhere else I’ve traveled within our region. We have no VIP area to accommodate them. Because we don’t have an office, we cannot utilise audiovisual aids to critique the form of our athletes in training,” the former sprinter, who was part of the first ever team to represent the [British] Virgin Islands at the Summer Olympics when he competed in the 1984 Olympics in the USA, further said.

The Virgin Islands now has an IAAF Class 2 Certified track and Mr Greenaway expressed thanks to all involved for making this a reality, however, he said “without an office of our own, we have not advanced in that regard and find ourselves in the same position as in 1970 when this organisation was formed—meeting in someone’s office somewhere. We hope those who can make a difference, make a difference.”

10 Responses to “‘Athletics still in 1970 without an office’ - Dean H. Greenaway”

  • huh (07/01/2016, 15:52) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    can't association build one?
  • just asking.... (07/01/2016, 16:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the photo minister.?
    • LOL (07/01/2016, 18:35) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      He/she man aka funny man aka photo minister always absent when real issues need discussing. He can't control conversation so he don't get involved
  • @ just asking.... (07/01/2016, 17:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    In his skin
  • In da midst of things (07/01/2016, 19:37) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Again here is a local organization with regional and international offices that does nothing to further their cause but depends fully on government to finance them. It's about time the BVIAA work towards getting their offices but independently. It shouldn't even be located in the A.O.Shirley grounds either. Dean you and your committee and track clubs instead of only raising money for travel could focus on getting what you so desperately need.
  • qc (07/01/2016, 20:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sad to say in this case, but people are really basically the same, NDP or VIP did not do it
  • annonymous (07/01/2016, 21:04) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

    It's time that we stopped letting this unproductive tail wave the BVI sporting dog.
  • nothing (08/01/2016, 07:32) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    You were in charge..we get nothing..O'Neal were in charge we get nothing..Penn we get nothing... All of you nothing.. When money were flowing we get nothing..all you all worth nothing...you are saying nothing..
    ..
  • Sid (08/01/2016, 08:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them boys like hanging out by the fence
  • okokokokokok (08/01/2016, 09:19) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    heres an idea and the perfect spot for your office. that area that u all use to use for a changing room at the old entrance by the tree. take the roof off that building up grade it and go up two storage with office, conference room and other things and u will also have a nice view to take shots from and video tape


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