A brief release from the St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, SKNAAA, has described the late Neville “Teddy” McCook as a stalwart of track and field.
Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook president of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) and IAAF area representative passed away on Monday 11th February, 2013. He died at the University Hospital in Jamaica.
They said their thoughts are with the family and close friends of Mr. McCook who played a key role in the hosting of the CARIFTA Games that were held here in St. Kitts in 2008.
He is said to have distinguished himself as an outstanding leader in the sport of athletics and one who some have described as an icon, for his many years of service in Jamaica, the region and internationally.
Tributes have come from top politicians as well, including the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, who on Monday said “the death of Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, ‘a man who made an outstanding contribution to sports administration in Jamaica’, has shocked and saddened all who knew him.”
“’Teddy’, as he was affectionately called was a virtual icon in the track and field fraternity locally, regionally and internationally. He spent almost all of his life working on ways and means to improve the management of the sport structurally and organizationally. This made him one of the most clinical, efficient and technically sound sport administrator globally. “
Simpson-Miller said, “’Teddy has given distinguished service to Jamaica and without a doubt was a nation builder who was diligent and disciplined in executing his responsibilities.”
Mr. McCook was also the Secretary General of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA. He also served the Jamaica Administrative Athletic Association for 12 years as President where he campaigned almost daily for the improvement of the welfare of the athletes, said a government release in Kingston.
McCook was awarded the national honour of Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD) for Sports in 1987 and later conferred with the Order of Jamaica in 2006 also for Sports.
He leaves behind his wife, Sonia and four daughters.