Jamal Goodluck was elected president of the Guyana Lawn tennis Association becoming at 25 years old, the youngest president in the GLTA’s history.
Goodluck defeated Robert Bostwick during this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Georgetown Cricket Club.
Outgoing president, Grace Mc Calman, in her report, reflected on her term as president of the GLTA stating that achieving the unprecedented pledge by the Government of Guyana to give the green light to the construction of eight tennis courts at the National Racquet Centre through a MoU was her greatest achievement.
This feat was previously unattainable for decades said Mc Calman adding that after the results of the pledge would have materialized, the GLTA will have foundation to develop tennis in Guyana.
The former President spoke of the immense gratitude she has towards the various stakeholders that have contributed the association and said that there have been improvements in club activities which as a result contributed to the increased interest shown by members of general.
Meanwhile, new President, Goodluck, thanked the clubs for having confidence in electing a young president and sees it as a hallmark in the development of the sport.
“The GLTA is setting a precedent in moulding the young leaders to take the sport to the next level,” he said.
According to Goodluck, his vision is to create a larger footprint of tennis in the landscape of sports through expansion of programmes within the various regions and schools.
At the top of the agenda is developing a home for tennis and revision of the strategic plan. Goodluck reassured of his commitment to take the baton from McCalman and emulate the hard work that has been done in these areas.
The president in recognising the low level of capacity and waning interest of persons in building organisations, called upon the new executive members to be honest about their limitations but do their best. He congratulated the new team and expressed confidence in the young executive. The team is made up of:
1st Vice-President– Nigel Nile
2nd Vice-President – Ramesh Seebarran
Secretary –Asif Subhan
Treasurer – Leroy Chapman
Asst. Secretary/Treasurer- Oswin Coggins
Committee Member – Grace McCalman
Committee Member – Robert Bostwick
Committee Member – Nicholas Young
Committee Member – Cristy Campbell
Public Relations Officer – Shaquille Bourne