Ian Spencer is new St Mary Cricket Association president

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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SANDALS Resorts International Regional Public Relations Manager for St Ann/St Mary Ian Spencer is the new president of the St Mary Cricket Association, armed with a mandate to revive the association's flagging fortunes over the next two years.

Spencer was voted in at the association's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Port Maria Police Station last Thursday.

The new executive body comprises Junior Mattison, first vice-president; Carla Cohen, second vice president; Tashana Brown, secretary; Fabian Angus, assistant secretary; Paul Williams, treasurer; and Wain Lynch, assistant treasurer.

Addressing the large number of delegates at the AGM following his election, Spencer noted that his top priority was to forward the interest of the clubs in the parish, invigorate the fraternity and secure sponsorship for a number of competitions.

“My aim is to restore and exceed the glory days of St Mary cricket,” Spencer noted. “We have not had any competitions for over a year and we have to get the cricket up and running immediately. ”

The new president observed that the key areas of focus would also include development of youth cricket; improvement of the existing cricket grounds and facilities across the parish; fund-raising activities by the association and the clubs; starting a scholarship programme for young cricketers; honouring those who have served the association with distinction; more focus on female cricket; introducing psychology and counselling for the cricketers, reviewing the stipend systems; launch of a St Mary Cricket Association website and social media pages.

“It all starts with you the clubs,” Spencer told the audience. “You have to properly form yourself into functioning entities and we are here to assist.”

He further called for unity following the elections and charged clubs to unite with the goal of moving the parish's cricket forward.

He also had strong words of encouragement for prospective sponsors. “We want you to come forward and assist cricket in the parish and our guarantee is proper returns on your investment in terms of brand exposure, attendance at matches and proper running of the competitions.”

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