Reported in today's Times of London... the BFS (British Figure Skating)
Trust is being discontinued because of the founder/donor's differences
Romer accuses the NISA board of directors of dithering and time-wasting,
claiming that n reached the point where she was being brought down at
every turn. She feels that the association views her simply as a
fund-raiser, with little opportunity to have some profile within a sport
which she predicted would have benefited from Pounds 340,000 raised by the
foundation in the next 18 months.
"I informed NISA of my intentions in April," she said. "I had to wait
until July to do my formal presentation, for which I was given just 30
minutes. From then there's been a series of inaccuracies and
misunderstandings, and having originally received a letter ... saying that
the board gave the Trust unconditional support, I was recently told that
this wasn't the case.
"I do regret what has happened, but this project was supposed to be fun.
Instead it's been painful. I genuinely wanted to do some good for skating
in Britain, but I also wanted to be involved. I never intended to simply
write out cheques. However, it was made very clear that NISA saw me simply
as someone to raise money and then sit in the closet."
Ken Pendrey, the NISA chairman, admits that the association was at fault
during early negotiations with Romer, but he is adamant that it is fully
supportive of the BFS Trust. "NISA has to hold its hands up and say it
appears that Marisha was misled at the beginning by not being informed
that all decisions on such matters can only be made by the board of
directors," he said. "We welcomed the Trust in principle, but there were
details that needed ironing out - genuine concerns that we had every right
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