Mushtaque Mohammed Triumphs: CAZOVA Embraces Continuity
T&T's Mushtaque Mohammed was returned as president of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Organisation (CAZOVA) at the electoral congress held at The Brix Hotel, Coblentz Avenue, Port of Spain on Sunday 17th December 2023.
The congress in determining the new board to guide CAZOVA until 2027, witnessed a spirited contest between the incumbent President, Mushtaque Mohammed of Trinidad and Tobago, and Ms. Margarette Graham, the Treasurer of CAZOVA.
The congress was attended by 12 of 14 National Federation members and was held under the supervision of North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) President Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz.
The associations present included Aruba, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, Barbados, Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The members of the new executive include the re-elected trio of Cayman Islands' Kennedy McGowan (First Vice-President); Bonaire's Gisette Emer (Second vice-president), Jamaica's Jacqueline Cowan (Secretary General) and Board Member Filomena Daniel-Curiel of Aruba along with newly appointed Bahamian Kurtwood Green (Treasurer), and Board Member, Mark Lewis of Barbados.
In addition, Martinique's Phillipe Lirus was elected as an Honorary CAZOVA Board Member and T&T Volleyball Federation President, Daymian K.E. Stewart also retained his post as CAZOVA's Executive Director, a role that is not an elected position.
With an active calendar year scheduled for 2024, the membership was encouraged to participate in the various events and to consider hosting both CAZOVA Beach and Indoor competitions. There will also be an emphasis in assisting National Federation in improving their administration and governance structures. In closing, the CAZOVA members unanimously agreed to support President Marte in his bid for re-election as NORCECA President, with election to take place in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in July 2024.
President Marte, in his remarks congratulated the new board and pledged his support in continuing to work with CAZOVA, to further develop volleyball in the zone.