Shari Hope is now at the helm of the Barbados Badminton Association (BBA) and is the second female to take up the post since Diane Payne back in 2008.
Hope, a former national captain succeeded former president Kevin Wood when elections were held on February 20. She told Barbados TODAY one of the association’s main goals was to find a new home where training could be done and various competitions held on an annual basis.
“We are looking to get a home for badminton which is our main goal. It is going to be difficult but we are still trying. We are still in the search for land but we have some relationships with other small organizations and we are looking to see whether we can come together with at least one of them and share the cost,” the new president said.
Hope who served as public relations officer from the period 2008 to 2010 was among eight other elected members. Elius Fanus is now the vice-president, Rhonda Scantlebury the treasurer, Jade Browne is the secretary and Sabrina Scott is assistant secretary and Janelle Denny is the public relations officer. Rodney Foster and Kelvin Martin are the two floor members and Sabeel Foster sits as a player representative.
With junior and senior nationals scheduled to take place April 6 to 17 this year, Hope said the BBA aimed to put on several events including an international tournament which she explained was the direction many local organizations were taking and which was a good idea because of the benefits for the island from a tourism stand-point.
“We want to take badminton international for Barbados which would bring in revenue. It would be good if we can host the international tournament before the Olympics,” Hope added.
The junior program is also another one of the BBA’s focus and according to the president, in order for that program to become successful they would need to put a plan in place to work with their coaches especially the committed ones. That does not exclude Hope herself who said: “I am easing up on playing and focusing a little more on coaching the juniors. I want to give back to badminton and develop it in order to make it grow
Hope said they had a good badminton family in place and would be using whatever little resources they possessed in order to raise funds.