Island Games: Shetland 2005 – Jones stands alone

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He was nominated by the 2003 team manager, Eileen Vowden, who hopes to be a member of the executive committee but has stood down from the post for personal reasons.

Jones’ nomination was seconded by deputy manager Brian Ahier.After nominations closed on 6 September Jones said he was happy for his name to go forward and that he was delighted that ‘both Eileen and Brian have enough confidence in me to ask me to stand’.He added that even though he was the only candidate at this stage, he would not know whether he had been elected to the post until the council next meet on 22 October.If they agree that he should be responsible for the team in 2005, almost certainly his workload will be shared, if proposals made by Vowden are implemented.For among other changes, she proposes that other posts are created, so that one person is placed in charge of finance, another in charge of kit, another in charge of travel and accommodation and another looks after the actual administration, including placing the names of all the competitors on computer.’The later it got before we travelled over to Guernsey, the more phone calls I was receiving,’ said Vowden.

‘I really feel that the jobs should be shared, although the team manager would be in overall charge.’It hasn’t been decided yet, but I will be discussing it with Gary, plus our chairman, Derek Bernard, and other members of the committee.

After that we’ll take it from there,’ she said.Jones, meanwhile, after meeting members of the committee last night, including Bernard who is himself stepping down from his post next spring, said: ‘At this stage I only see myself as a candidate for the post.

After every Games you must think through whatever lessons you’ve learnt.

But any changes must first be approved by the executive and council.’

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