NBL Chairman James Bagwell Will Not Run For New Term

February 16, 2011 by  

James Bagwell resigns as chairman of the NBL

Citing his declining involvement in the sport of BMX, and his desire to spend more time with his two sons, NBL Chairman James Bagwell submitted his letter of resignation this morning. With only four days remaining on his term, the resignation mostly signals his desire not to stand for re-election in advance of this weekend’s annual Competition Congress meeting, where his first term would have expired (NBL bylaws specify that Board Officers are elected for a term of one year).

No candidates to succeed him were immediately clear.

The letter, sent to NBL board members, and published with Mr. Bagwell’s permission, is below:

To all:
I have been struggling the past few weeks to get myself to want to come to Congress this year.  The past two years have been extremely difficult for me personally as I lost both my parents and my marriage of 20 years.  Over these past two years I have been raising my two sons by myself (for which I am very grateful).  So, needless to say, I have had quite a bit of change over the past two years that have significantly changed my life on a personal level.
With those changes, my participation in BMX has become non-existent.  I simply do not have the time to dedicate to the sport.  Therefore in my opinion, it is unfair for me to hold a position on the board, knowing there are others who are passionate about the sport and have the time and energy needed to fulfill this role.  I do not want to be an idle road block to someone else having an opportunity to serve the organization.
Leading up to two years ago, I was very committed to the sport and the sanction.  I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve, but I am not the same person as I was two years ago, and BMX has become more of an afterthought for me as my priorities in life have changed.  My boys are at critical ages in terms of preparing one for college and the other for high school.  Neither of them have any interest in the sport any longer as they have now moved on to focus more on their acedemics.
I really did not want to do this, but as this week has progressed, I found myself trying to “talk myself into going to Congress.”  It is at that point I realized, I have no good reason to do so.  If my heart is not in it any longer, then I would not be as effective as I should be.  It would be silly to spend the sanctions resources on me coming up there.  Additionally, it would be very difficult for me to come based on the fact my mother is no longer here for the boys to stay with.  I feel I may be letting people down, but the reality is all of the current board members are great people who are very capable of handling anything and all of them are much more motivated than I am.  So, I feel confident the sanction is in good hands and I know Gary is very capable to continue to lead without my influence.  He has been doing so for quite some time. 
In summary, it is time for me to step aside.  I wish you all the very best.  It has been an honor to work with each of you.  But this decision is a very personal one and one that I know is best for me and the organization.
Best regards,
James Bagwell