President of the Barbados Football Association (BFA), Randolph “Randy” Ashton Harris was this morning bestowed the Gold Crown of Merit as part of this year’s Independence Honors.
Governor General Dame Sandra Mason pinned the insignia on Harris’ lapel for his contribution as a sports administrator in football, both locally and regionally during the Independence ceremony at Hero’s Square, The City.
The former Lodge School scholar joined the Barbados Amateur Football Association at the suggestion of Christie Smith, then general secretary of BAFA. He became an executive board member in 1977, a position he held for two years when he climbed the ranks to become the senior assistant secretary.
Four years later in 1983, Harris was elected to the position of general secretary, becoming the youngest general secretary of the BFA to date. He held this post until 1989 and was again general secretary from 2002 to 2004.
Harris has organized many local football tournaments including the BICO Tournament, the CARIB Beer/CBC Tournament, better known as the BESS Tournament, and the LIME Pelican Football Challenge.
His commitment and dedication to football in Barbados earned him several awards and he was elected as president of the BFA in September 2012, and re-elected in 2016 and again earlier this year to serve his third consecutive term.
In 2018, he was elected president of the Caribbean Football Union and vice president of Concacaf.
Take a bow President Randy Harris!