ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): Sports psychologist Dr Rudi Webster has welcomed the appointment of former West Indies cricketer Jimmy Adams as the region’s new director of cricket. Adams, who represented West Indies as player and captain during his career, replaces Englishman Richard Pybus, who did not seek to renew his contract. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has yet to officially announce the appointment, but media reports in the region also say former Australian cricketer Stuart Law has been appointed to fill the position left vacant by Phil Simmons, who was fired in September. Speaking on the regional television programme Big Bang Sports, Webster, who has worked with the West Indies cricket team, blasted Pybus as a “total disaster” and applauded the appointment of Adams as one that would “make a difference”. “Well, I am extremely pleased that Pybus is no longer with us. He was a total disaster and he has done more harm to West Indies cricket; there is only one other person who has done more harm to the game, and that is (Dave) Cameron, the current president,” Webster told Big Bang Sports. “I am really happy that Jimmy Adams will take over the post of director of cricket. I think he should make a difference. Stuart Law has been around for a while. I do not know too much about him, but what I hear from the grape vine is that he is not a bad coach, so I think that is the first step in the right direction.” QUARTERLY MEETING The decision to fill the two positions were reportedly taken over the weekend at the WICB’s final quarterly meeting, which took place in St Maarten. Webster, in the meantime, has repeated calls for Cameron to step down as WICB president. The embattled Jamaican sports administrator has come in for widespread criticism for his role in ongoing conflicts between the WICB and regional cricketers. Webster has blasted Cameron as the “worst president” and says the effect of Adams and law on regional cricket will be limited if Cameron refuses to step down. “But it is not enough. I think that the president of the West Indies Cricket board must go and there must be structural reform of the board if we are to progress. Dave Cameron is by far the worst president that I have ever seen in those 50 years. It is not even a close call,” said Webster, whose 50-year involvement in sports also includes basketball, football, motor racing, golf and Australian football.
The Donegal man at the helm of the Australian Equality Campaign has expressed his delight at Australia’s referendum result.79.5% of eligible voters, more than 12.7 million people, turned out to make their voices heard by voting yesterday during the same-sex marriage referendum, with the results being strikingly similar to Ireland’s vote in 2015. 61.6% of voters voted for same-sex marriage, with 38.4% voting against.Bundoran native Tiernan Brady, who now resides in Sydney, has been working as the Director of the Australian Equality Campaign for the past year. YES!!! 61.6% pic.twitter.com/vv0yxCYNee— Tiernan Brady (@Tiernanbrady) November 14, 2017Speaking to Joy 94.9, Tiernan says the atmosphere in Sydney is electric.“It’s a magical feeling here, there’s still singing and dancing.“What better message could you have from a country to say ‘you’re in’ and ‘we’re for you’, and the good that will flow from this is so much bigger than marriage… There will only be good that’ll flow from this moment. Tiernan says that visibility and inclusion are at the heart of this result, and that the overwhelming result in favour of same-sex marriage is a watershed moment for the Australian LGBTI community.“The people haven’t said yes, they’ve roared yes!“The message goes straight to Parliament. Time to do your job. You have a bill, pass it.”He says that the LGBTI community showed great resilience despite facing adversity, and were able to stay pragmatic even while being provoked.“[The No Campaign was] a mean, misleading, vicious campaign waged against gay people but they never went negative, they never took the bait… they said no because that wasn’t the journey they wanted,” Tiernan explained.Tiernan has previously worked with GLEN (Irish Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) and was the political director of the Yes Equality campaign in Ireland in 2015. Marriage equality activist Panti Bliss says that the Donegal man deserves an honorary citizenship, to be made a Dame, and a special pet!“I think Australia should give Tiernan Brady honorary citizenship, make him a Dame, and give him a kangaroo or a billabong or whatever.“He did an amazing job as Director of AMEquality. He’ll probably never come home now though,” tweeted Panti.I think Australia should give @Tiernanbrady honorary citizenship, make him a Dame, and give him a kangaroo or a billabong or whatever. He did an amazing job as Director of @AMEquality. He’ll probably never come home now though. #MarriageEquality— Dr Panti Bliss (@PantiBliss) November 14, 2017Donegal man at helm of Australian Marriage Equality campaign: “It’s a magical feeling here” was last modified: November 15th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Australiabundoranmarriage equalitytiernan brady