Legal action taken against BLTA

For now, election of officers still set for Saturday

Just two days before the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s (BLTA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Election of Officers, a group made an application to file an injunction against the BLTA.

The application was made on Tuesday in the Supreme Court by Kenwood Kerr, Bjorn Ferguson and others.

It raises several questions about whether or not the BLTA acted outside of its constitution, validity and standing of members, and other questions about the notice of the AGM and election of officers. The election is still set for this Saturday at the BLTA’s National Tennis Center (NTC) inside the Queen Elizabeth Sports Complex, pending the outcome of the court proceedings.

This is the second consecutive time that court proceedings threatened the occurrence of the elections. It also happened days before the BLTA’s AGM and election of officers in 2020.

The positions up for grabs are president, vice president, general secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, assistant treasurer, two BLTA directors and two NTC directors. Voting delegates were urged to obtain the election slate of nominees and the single nomination forms, and have them completed and submitted by last Sunday.

Seeking re-election for the presidency position, for a new two-year term, is the incumbent Perry Newton. Timothy Dames is vying for the vice president position. Tara MacTaggart and Wendy Bowe are seeking the general secretary and assistant secretary posts respectively. Yvette Godet is seeking the treasurer position and Esther Newton is seeking the assistant treasurer position. Chilean Burrows and Kendrick Gomez will go after the BLTA Director 1 and 2 positions respectively. Malkovic Taylor is seeking the NTC Director 1 post and Eugene Gibson is nominated for the NTC Director 2 position.

They were the nominees that were received by the deadline, according to the BLTA.

Newton and his team of officers were elected back in July 2020. Like other sports federations, he was forced to lead BLTA through the COVID-19 pandemic and still keep athletes competition ready. The BLTA was able to send off three teams for international competition in 2021.

Last summer, The Bahamas’ Billie Jean King Cup team of Kerrie Cartwright, Sydney Clarke, Elana Mackey and Sierra Donaldson finished third in their regional competition. The Davis Cup team of Justin Roberts, Kevin Major Jr., Baker Newman and Marvin Rolle advanced to the promotional playoffs before bowing out.

They were one of three federations to hold a national championship during the pandemic which was done in December. Spencer Newman and Sydney Clarke were able to win the national titles at the Giorgio Baldacci Open National Championships and book their spots on the 2022 Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup teams respectively.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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