Mike Sands made Bahamian track and field history today.
He was elected as president of the North America, Central America, and Caribbean (NACAC) region.
Sands was one of five persons vying for the post, which was held by Victor Lopez. The NACAC electoral process took place in Queretaro, Mexico, just ahead of the 2019 NACAC Championships.
Since he was elected as NACAC president, Sands will also take a seat on the International Association of Athletic Federation’s board as the area representative.
Prior to being elected, Sands said his goal is to ensure that NACAC becomes one of the most successful areas in the IAAF Family as the organization is on the verge of a transformation and NACAC has to fall in line with its requests.
“One of the first things that I would like to do is to do an assessment of each member federation and that assessment would take the place of what I would call a spot analysis,” he pointed out.
“The intent is to sit with each member federation and to give them the time and attention that they need so that we can build the area federation by federation. Once we can sit down with them and identify the areas, we can build a strong region.”
NACAC is the continental confederation governing body of athletics for national governing bodies and multi-national federations within North America, Central America and the Caribbean. NACAC is one of six area associations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). NACAC was founded on December 10, 1988, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Both the Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations (BAAA) and Bahamas Athletics have reached out to congratulate Sands on the win.