TTO Volleyball elects lawyer first woman president
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, January 16, 2017 - Members of the
volleyball fraternity elected its first woman president in
attorney-at-law Nicole Selvon when the T&T Volleyball Federation
(TTVF) held its annual general meeting (AGM) at the Central
Regional Indoor Sports Complex, Chaguanas, on Saturday night.
Selvon was elected unopposed after incumbent president Daymain
Stewart decided not to contest after a turbulent four years in
The newly-elected executive board will manage the affairs of the
sport until 2020 according to a mandate from 21 of the 28 clubs
registered with the organisation and voted at the AGM.
Selvon said she was elated and happy to serve, “Of course, I am
elated not only to be the president of TTVF but to be the first
female president. It certainly is an honour. This means that
there is the added burden, in a positive way of course, of
additional responsibility to do well for all women in sport
administration. The progress or success of any sport is always
dependent on the human resource capacity of those saddled with
the responsibility of administrating that sport and the
sportsmen and women that make up its membership.”
She added, “My focus will be on bringing a professional and
transparent approach to the administration of volleyball in
Trinidad and Tobago, taking into account the input of all
stakeholders, remembering always that my first priority and
concern would be the interest of those who play the game”.
An attorney-at-law with ten years experience both in the private
and public sector she noted, “I have worked with the Ministry of
Sport and Youth Affairs and also collaborated with SporTT on
various initiatives. I have been involved and around the sport
of volleyball for some years now. I believe that I have very
good administrative skills, but more than that I have a vision
for volleyball that will put the sport on the correct footing. I
have on my executive persons who have been involved in
volleyball at the highest levels and all areas including
administration, management, coaching and marketing”.
Selvon pointed out that the membership can look forward to a
fresh approach to volleyball from a new perspective.
Transparency, frequent consultation with the membership and all
stakeholders on matters affecting volleyball, honesty in
financial affairs, and a genuine interest in the advancement of
volleyball in T&T.
Selvon, who hails from Maracas, St Joseph said, “Very soon our
executive would layout our immediate, short term and long term
goals for volleyball. I expect that the success of my presidency
and the success of my executive would be judged by the extent to
which we execute and implement those set goals, being mindful of
what we have inherited and the financial resources we are able
to secure from both the public and private sector”.
Deon Hutchinson, who was very vocal for change to come about in
the sport and who was elected as second vice president said
that, “Most people would not understand how Team Revolution
changed our slate. For now the answer is: God is in control not
us and, while his objective was to become president, Nicole has
his full support and we intend to take volleyball to greater
heights as a team.”
Since 2016 both Vaughn Martin of Technocrats, a former national
player and Hutchinson, the headcoach of Westside Stars club
began a campaign advocating for change in the sport’s
Hutchinson said to the fraternity following Saturday’s AGM,
“Your persistence and insistence for fairness and equality, have
caused a paradigm shift in volleyball in Trinidad and Tobago.
Let there now be healing, unity and purpose. With such a united
front like never before. Volleyball 2017 is off to a great
The election which was conducted under the constitution of the
FIVB, the world governing body constitution, was supervised by
Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, the president of NORCECA, former T&T
president Mushtaque Mohammed and the NORCECA co-ordinator
Arateide Caceres Hernandez.
The executive board will also include Saleem Ali and Nolan
Daniel, who will be the Tobago representative.
Published by Trinidad and Tobago Guardian