Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including track and field, long-distance running and racewalking) in Jamaica. The association is based in Kingston. The current president of the association is Dr. Warren Blake.[1][2] He was elected interim president in November 2011 after the sudden death of his predecessor Howard Aris,[3] and re-elected in November 2012.[3][4][5]

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Limited
Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Logo.jpg
Founded1932 (1932)
Affiliation date1948 (1948)
Regional affiliationNACAC
PresidentWarren Blake
Vice president(s)Dave Myrie
SecretaryGarth Gayle
ReplacedJamaica Amateur Athletic Association
Official website

The objects of the association are to promote, develop and regulate amateur athletics in Jamaica. The JAAA aims to provide instruction and teaching of athletics to teachers, coaches, instructors and athletes. It organises competitions and events in Jamaica whilst laying down rules and regulations and providing rewards to winners.[6]

Athletics, particularly sprinting, is a national sport in Jamaica, and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association plays a role in shaping development of the sport in the country.


Following the election on November 29, 2012, the members of the executive are: Dr. Warren Blake (president), Dave Myrie (1st vice president), Ian Forbes (2nd vice president), Michael Frater (3rd vice president), Vilma Charlton (4th vice president), Garth Gayle (honorary secretary), Marie Tavares (assistant secretary), Ludlow Watts (treasurer), Ewan Scott (director of the Bureau of Records), along with executive members Maxine Brown, Carl Bruce, Trevor Campbell, Judith Ewart, Dennis Gordon, Gregory Hamilton, Dennis May and Michael Clarke.[4][5]


The history of athletics in Jamaica dates back at least to the year 1910, the starting date of the Interscholastic Championships (CHAMPS). JAAA was reconstituted as Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association in 1932[7][8] and was affiliated to the IAAF in 1948.[9] In February 2011, the name was changed to Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association, thereby retaining the acronym JAAA.[10]


JAAA is the national member federation for Jamaica in the following international organisations:

Moreover, it is part of the following national organisations:

National recordsEdit

JAAA maintains the Jamaican records in athletics.


  1. ^ Bolt guru Mills ends Jamaica role . BBC Sport (2009-11-06). Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
  2. ^ Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Limited, IAAF, retrieved January 4, 2013
  3. ^ a b Warren Blake Retains JAAA Presidency, rjrnewsonline.com, November 29, 2012, retrieved January 4, 2013
  4. ^ a b Brown, Wayde (November 30, 2012), Dr. Warren Blake staves off challengers, re-elected JAAA President, IRIE FM, archived from the original on December 25, 2012, retrieved January 4, 2013
  5. ^ a b NEW JAAA ADMINISTRATION HAS TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING, AND THEY PLAN TO, Jamaica Gleaner, November 30, 2012, retrieved January 4, 2013
  6. ^ "Constitution of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association". Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association. Retrieved September 1, 2008.
  7. ^ Association for athletes. Dr Roy Brandon Talks Of Resuscitation of Governing Body in Athletics. Calls For Support., Kingston Gleaner, February 16, 1932, p. 12, retrieved October 9, 2012
  8. ^ Matthews, Peter, Historical Dictionary of Track and Field, p. 114, retrieved October 9, 2012
  9. ^ ASOCIACIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE FEDERACIONES DE ATLETISMO - CONSTITUCIÓN EN VIGOR A PARTIR DEL 1 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2011 (PDF) (in Spanish), IAAF, p. 55, archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2012, retrieved October 9, 2012
  10. ^ Bogle, D. (February 20, 2011), JAAA to get new name, The Jamaica Observer, retrieved October 9, 2012

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