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Camanachd Association holds AGM

CLUBS from across the country gathered for the Camanachd Association’s annual general meeting in The West End Hotel, Fort William, on Friday November 24.

Annual report

In his final annual report, out-going Camanachd Association president Jim Barr looked back on a challenging last 12 months.

There was a six-month gap between the anticipated departure of chief operating officer Torquil Macleod and his replacement, chief executive officer Derek Keir, taking post. This meant additional responsibilities and increased workload for association staff and directors throughout the intervening period.

It was also clear from the 2016 budget deficit that the organisation was living well beyond its means and the requirement to urgently reverse this situation placed additional demands on the personnel involved.

Against this difficult backdrop, the 2017 development programme and competition schedule were delivered within the constraints of the new budget.

Although the association expects to record a modest financial surplus for 2017, the financial outlook remains challenging, highlighting the importance of the game’s loyal commercial sponsors.

The association will look to Derek Keir to bring fresh energy and outlook, whilst the election of Keith Loades for the next three years leaves the governance of shinty in good hands and they have already forged an effective partnership. Colin Cameron and Wendy Chamberlain were co-opted onto the Camanachd Association board during the season.

Ted McDonald retired from the board in April having served for six years and his role was acknowledged.

With one of the wettest summers of recent times in Scotland interrupting and extending the senior league programme for several clubs, all the cup winners and the majority of league outcomes were determined before the end of October.

The shinty/hurling/camogie programme gave senior head coach Ronald Ross a fourth successive home win against Ireland, whilst Alan MacRae’s U21 side showed promise for the future. Stuart Reid’s women’s team also recorded success in Ireland in July against a Dublin County Select.

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