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(SNO) — Following a weeks-long recruitment process, the central executive of the St. Lucia Athletics Association (SLAA) has named Theodore Henry ‘Whitey’ Bailey as the man to oversee the selection and preparation of national teams, improvement in the qualification of coaches and technical officials, organisation of courses and conferences for instructors, trainers, and coaches, and planning for local competition.
Bailey, a long-time coach with Rock Spurs and Mercury, and a teacher at Ciceron Secondary, has been a national coach for just about the last 20 years, coaching Saint Lucia teams to the CARIFTA Games, Central American and Caribbean Games, Commonwealth Games, and Olympics, among others. A well qualified technical official, he has also served in various executive roles on the SLAA, including vice president.
In his new role as technical director, Bailey will lead a six-member technical committee, comprising former technical director Wayne Benti, a representative of the Coaches Association; Allan ‘Striker’ Hippolyte of the Officials Association; floor representative Fabian Felix; SLAA Vice President Titus Dafrose Elien, and recording secretary, Brendaline Descartes.
The decision to appoint Bailey and the new technical committee was confirmed at the SLAA’s most recent council meeting on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
The committee will meet in the coming days to lay the development plans for the 2019-2021 period.
One of the key decisions for the committee, and for the SLAA, will be how best to use the George Odlum Stadium for training and competition, if at all.
The role of technical director was previously held by former scholarship athlete Kenson Nicholas, and acting director of youth and sports, Patrick Mathurin.