Samuels joins O'Neal as 2nd BVI track and field official on CACAC Congress
By Dean Greenaway
In a historic week for BVI track and field, it wasn't just the athletes
making the news at the 19th Central American and Caribbean Game in San
Salvador, El Salvador. Just two days after sprinter Dion Crabbe made BVI
sporting history by wining the 100 meter gold medal at the games, two BVI
Track and Field officials were elected to the Central American and
Caribbean Athletic Congress (CACAC).
National track and field coach Dag Samuels joined BVI Olympic Committee
President Rey O'Neal-also head of the Amateur Athletic Association-as the
second BVI official on CACAC, after getting the nod on the Technical
Committee in his first time seeking the post. O'Neal was unanimously
re-elected to the Statistics Committee, making the BVI the smallest
country in the CAC region to have two officials on the decision making
body. Puerto Rico's Victor Lopez was re-elected unopposed as CACAC
president. Members will serve for five years.
"First of all it says a lot for the British Virgin Islands that we are not
only having athletes at a high level, but we also have officials who are
on the CACAC delegation," Samuels said. "With Rey on the statistics
committee and me on the technical committee it gives us more influence in
what goes on at the CAC level. Rey has been doing a very, very good job
over the years and I know the countries in the CAC family look to him for
information and guidance," Samuels added. "I hope that I can get into that
situation where I can be looked upon in terms of technical situations to
give technical advice to other countries and competitions in the CAC region."
Even though it was his first time seeking the post, Samuels was elected
unanimously. "I think the only bad thing that happened at the elections,
there were Cubans on all the committees and they were not elected at all
because of their past deeds. It made it easier for me and others to get
elected to the committee."
CACAC is made up of six committees and Samuels says they meet during the
year. "If you are voted in, in means that you cannot just go there and
sit, you have to work. And if everybody does the work, you should see
better things coming out of it."
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