With the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) elections less than a month away, presidential candidate Drumeco Archer officially launched his campaign on Wednesday night at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.
Under the theme “Be the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time)”, Archer introduced his team.
The annual general meeting (AGM) and election of officers of the BAAA is set for November 24.
Archer is going up against current BAAA President Rosamunde Carey, who launched her campaign earlier this month.
A former athlete and current secretary general of the BAAA, Archer said he has been around track and field for over 34 years. He wants to unify the BAAA.
“I believe that track and field need to come together. There has always been a divide in our sport. I thought that it is necessary for someone to take a different approach. I am looking to unify the BAAA because we really can’t move forward until we change the human elements of our federation and that is to bringing the federation together.”
Archer went on to explain why his team chose that acronym for their campaign. He said that the G.O.A.T acronym shows that they are focusing on one’s ability so it’s a merit-based organization. He added that is the only way they will get to a different place in the BAAA.
He lauded his team and said they are all highly competent individuals in the sport.
Ravanno Ferguson, who hails from Freeport, Grand Bahama, is vying for the first vice-president post. Ferguson, if he wins, will become the first time that the first vice-president for the BAAA will come out from an island other than New Providence.
Ferguson was a former athlete, a meet promoter and a coach at Fast Track club in Grand Bahama.
Rupert Gardiner is vying for the second vice-president position. He is a well-known coach having coached two Olympic gold medal relay teams; the Golden Girls (4 x100 meters) in 2000 and the Golden Knights (4 x 400m) in 2012.
On the team is Frank “Pancho” Rahming, who will be going after the vice-president of technical operations. Archer boasted that Rahming is one of the best technical directors that is within the region. The current BAAA’s treasurer and accountant, Sharon Gardiner, will be looking to serve as vice-president of finance.
Popular coach Diane Woodside-Johnson will be running for vice-president of business operations. Woodside-Johnson runs her own club, Triple Threat Track club and is the treasurer of the coaches’ association.
The final member of the team is Kermit Taylor. He is the candidate for the vice president of marketing and public relations and a long-standing sports journalist.
Archer said he and his team are very confident that they will be the new BAAA administration.
“We are very confident. We believe that we have the strongest and most experienced team. We also believe that our vision is very unique in its approach and the way forward for this association,” Archer said.
Archer and his team will head to Grand Bahama for their campaign launch in Freeport at the Pelican Bay Hotel at 7 p.m. tomorrow.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism