Lorna Austin

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Lorna Austin is the Executive Administrative Assistant at the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) in New York. In addition to her administrative duties, she serves as the Cricket Coordinator.
Lorna began her career with the New York City Department of Education as an administrator in 1987, working as the Secretary and Office Manager to the Executive Director of Community District Sports. This office was responsible for coordinating all Intramural sports in the Junior High Schools. The Director also oversaw the summer Big Apple Games Program in the five boroughs.
In 1989 Lorna accepted a full-time position with the PSAL as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of the PSAL. Founded in 1903 the PSAL provides and governs all interscholastic competition in the New York City Public Schools. Lorna works closely with the Executive Director overseeing the day-to-day operation of the PSAL, in addition to various tasks. She also facilitates major championship events at all professional arenas such as Yankee Stadium, Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden, City Universi-ties, and CUNY Colleges. Lorna also oversees all pristine functions such as the PSAL Wingate Awards dinner, NY Yankee/New Era Pinstripe/PSAL Scholar-Athlete dinner, and National Girls and Woman in Sports Day.
As Cricket Coordinator, Lorna plans and executes regular and post-season events. Manages and supervises all aspects of the cricket programs, including the coach’s advisory board, umpires, and assignor. Lorna served on the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) Strategic Advisory Group on youth development in 2014. Lorna had the privilege of leading a PSAL student group to Ghana, Africa (2006), and Brazil (2008). Keeping in line with the PSAL tradition of introducing and educating students to various sports, Lorna was instrumental in establishing the cricket program, the first interscholastic cricket program in the United States in 2007.
As a testimony to her success, she is the recipient of various service awards from prominent organizations such as Board 42 Basketball Association, Board 37, Basketball Association, International Association of Approved Basketball Official (IAABO), NYC Coaches Association, Nassau Cricket Association, United States of America Cricket Umpires Association, and a City of New York Proclamation from Council Member Ruben Wills. Recently Lorna was honored by The Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy for introducing cricket to the New York City Public Schools.
Born and raised in Barbados West Indies, Lorna is one of three daughters to James Sobers and the late Amelda Austin. Lorna attended St. Lucy Primary and Secondary High School. After graduating, she attended Barbados O’ Level Institute, obtaining an ‘O’-Level diploma in Pitman typing and steno writing. After migrating to the US, she attended New York Business Institute receiving a certificate in Business Administration.

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