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Elizabeth French on verge of making cycling history

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Former assistant coach of Sierra Leone’s female cricket team, Elizabeth ‘Baby’ French, may be on the verge of making history by becoming the first female president of the Sierra Leone National Cycling Association.

French, who was former vice president of the association, would be contesting against her former boss and current president, Winston Crowther, whose mandate and that of his executive ended on Monday November 10.

With the election already slated for 25th January 2015, the battle for the hot seat is heating up by the day as the association’s current assistant secretary general, Emile Luke, has also expressed his interest for the presidency.

However, the only female contender ‘Baby’ French believes she can prevail over her two male contenders for the highest position in the association.

She said: “I know this is a big challenge for me and I am ready for it. I am not new to cycling and everybody knows what I stand for and what I have contributed and still contributing to the sport. So I believe this is the right time for me to take up the mantle.”

French said she will make a great impact if elected president of the National Cycling Association, noting that she decided to step down from contesting four years ago “for reasons best known to me”.

“I am now ripe for the challenge, having served as vice president and secretary general for four years in the association,” she said.