Former national Volleyball captain and present head Coach Levi Lawrence Nedd was on Saturday elected unopposed as President of the Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF).
Nedd was elected when the GVF held its Annual General Meeting and election of Officer Bearers at the Office of the Maritime Consultancy at Cowan Street Georgetown.
Nedd who has been associated with the game of volleyball for over four decades (42 years) was the vice president of the GVF. He is also the president of the vibrant Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA), the head selector of the GVF. Nedd, who wears many hats, is also the Students Affairs official at the Guysuco Training Center and is the Founder and Coach of the two top volley clubs in Guyana, the Port Mourant Training Center and Guysuco Training Centre Volleyball Volley Clubs.
Nedd takes over the reins of the Federation from another long serving volleyball official John Flores who did not seek reelection.
Only the BVA and some factions of the Demerara Volleyball Association (DVA) were present. The Essequibo Volleyball Association (EVA) was absent. Each association was allowed nine votes.
Elected to fill the other positions were- Vice President Rodney Fredericks of the Ministry of Education and President and Coach of the Castrol Volleyball Club; Secretary Denise Miller of the Office of the President and the Classic Ball Beaters (CBB) Volleyball club. They were elected unopposed. No one was elected to the position of Assistant Secretary. A decision was taken that the position would be filled by the Executive body and ratified at the next Ordinary General Meeting (AGM).
Daniel Harricharran with 13 votes’ defeated Ashley Bailey’s five votes for the position of Treasurer, both men were absent. Bailey was elected as the Assistant Treasurer.
Well known Sports Personality Mr. Deon Nurse was the Returning Officer.
Mr. Flores thanked the GFV for their support throughout the years and pledged his continued support.
Mr. Nedd in his acceptance speech thanked everyone for showing the faith in him and pledged to do all in his powers to make the GVF successful. He has taken over the Federation with the coffers empty and has embarked on a Million dollars drive, by the end of the year. He had vowed to take the GFV to the same level as he has reached in terms of achievements and proficiency.
Nedd’s was the Valedictorian at the Semmiel Weist University in Hungary where he graduated with a Diploma for Sports Sciences and Technology among students from some 38 countries. He has so far travelled to some 29 countries.
Nedd was the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Award by the GVF for his Contribution to The Development of Volleyball in Guyana (1966 – 2016). He also played football professionally and is a certified football and athletics coach. A former national athlete and still competes and medals in the teacher’s category. He also represented Berbice at table tennis and also plays cricket as an all-rounder.
His Mission statement is “a non-profitable organisation committed to developing the socio-cultural life style of any Guyanese: By way of participation in all forms of volleyball, through the support of any one person/persons or entity/ entities, With a strict dependence on the Government of our dear land of Guyana.”
The bus that was transporting the BVA delegation to the meeting was involved in an accident on the Abary Public Road, due to heavy Smoke in the area. However, no one was seriously injured and the delegation took another bus and continued the journey. (Samuel Whyte)
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