Fraser-Thomas could create history today
By Rawle Welch
With her nomination confirmed to vie for the Presidency of the Georgetown Football Association today, University of Guyana Sports Co-ordinator Lavern Fraser-Thomas could create history in this country by becoming the first female to head the Association.
Fraser-Thomas, who has been involved in sport both at the participatory and administrative levels, brings a wealth of experience to the office if elected and many feel that it is this decisive edge in addition to her willingness to serve the sport to the best of her ability that could influence enough support for her to win the Presidency.
The mother of five, who became a single parent after her husband passed away, has sport in her blood, having represented this country as an athlete and also held administrative and managerial positions on national teams as well.
She has the distinction of being the Manager of the national female football and netball teams.
A holder of a Degree and Diploma with distinctions in Public Management to go with numerous certificates in Sports Administration and Coaching, Fraser-Thomas is also the recipient of two national awards after being named Coach of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year on previous occasions.
Fraser-Thomas also held the position of Secretary of the Fruta Conquerors Football Club, a position she maintained for nearly seven years and was known as someone who dealt with the club’s business in a forthright and non-discriminatory manner and was respected by many of her peers and players.
Such is the administrative prowess of the diminutive Fraser-Thomas, she has been able revamp and revitalize interest in sports at the University in a very short time and has been credited for even introducing many students and staff to recreational activities on Campus.
Additionally, Fraser-Thomas served the National Sports Commission with merit for over 20 years as a Sports Officer and was chiefly responsible for sustaining the sport of Netball through the introduction of the game in schools.
Speaking with Kaieteur Sport merely 24 hours before the GFA holds its Electoral Congress at the Sleep In Hotel, Fraser-Thomas said that even though she is willing to serve in any capacity that will allow her to assist in the further development of the sport, she believes that because the sport is at a critical juncture following the FIFA / CONCACAF ruling which restored all rights to the GFA, the Association needs strong leadership to ensure that what was signed on to is honoured and she is willing to place her integrity and reputation on the line for that reason.
A very affable individual, Fraser-Thomas is also competent in developing life skills among those she interacts with and that too could serve as pivotal for a solid relationship with her executive and the clubs should she win.
Kaieteur Sport wishes her the best of luck.