GABBFF mourns death of Delon Harlequin
The bodybuilding fraternity has been left in a state of shock with the passing of competitor Delon Harlequin
The 32 year-old Harlequin of Lot B Grant Scheme, Craig, EBD was involved in an accident on Tuesday evening on his way home after leaving the Guyana Defense Force Gym, Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara.
The very competitive body builder was hit off of his motor cycle by a motorist, ending up in a nearby trench where he hit his head on a concrete structure thereby sustaining multiple injuries including a broken leg.
Unfortunately, the extent of the injuries was that severe that Harlequin never recovered and succumbed yesterday morning.
President of the Guyana Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) Keavon Bess in an invited comment said that the fraternity is in a state of shock following Harlequin’s demise.
“Delon was a committed athlete who always gave of his best when in the gym and on the competition stage. He was always smiling and ready to compete even when the odds were stacked against him.”
The GABBFF boss in extending condolences to Harlequin’s family and the body building fraternity said that the athlete would surely be missed noting that he was still a very young athlete who has gone too soon.
Kaieteur Sports department joins with the GABBFF in extending sincere condolences to Harlequin’s family and friends in this time of grief.
Kumar encourages Goodwill swimmers
Director of Sport Neil Kumar, deputizing for Minister Dr Frank Anthony, encouraged local swimmers who will be competing at the Goodwill games in Suriname, to keep the Golden Arrow Head aloft.
Chatting with the group which included swimmers and coaches and President of the Swimming Association, Ivan Persaud, at his office in Middle Street yesterday, Kumar said he is confident the athletes will excel at the games. “You must remain focused and believe in yourselves. One of the keys will be to acclimatize quickly”, he added.
The Goodwill games commence today and conclude on Sunday with the host nation Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St. Lucia involved in tense battles for supremacy.
The Director of Sport noted that the sport is very competitive these days and he feels the swimmers must continue to train in order to improve. He informed that the warm up pool at the National Aquatic Centre will be completed soon and they (NSC/Govt.) will continue to provide better facilities. “I am certain that our swimmers will dominate the sport regionally, but they must also place much emphasis on their education which goes hand in hand with sports”, he said.
“Our swimmers must make the best use of the pool since there is a need for them to focus on the longer distance”, he explained.
Noting some of the strides swimming has made since he took over as Director of Sport, Kumar pointed to Guyana’s performance at the Inter-Guiana Games.
“I was really heartened about Guyana’s performance at the IGG and thanks to the coaches, who are doing a wonderful job, we have been able to close that gap with French Guiana and Suriname”, he stated.
Guyana finished third with 146 points at the IGG recently, behind Suriname with 208 points and French Guiana on 200. The locals copped 16 medals, including four gold.
Kumar said, the Sports Commission and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport will do all that they can to assist the development of swimming in Guyana.
In an invited comment president of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) Ivan Persaud said that all the swimmers have made the qualifying times for the games and it is expected they will perform well since they have been in some intense training.
The Guyana team had been in training since earlier this year under the watchful eyes of Cuban coach Isabel Couso Fals, and assistant coaches Paul Mahaica, and Jamie Skeete, all of whom will accompany the team.
Fals will also act in the capacity of female chaperone for the team along with Shaka Noel. The other officials travelling with the team are manager Leon Seaton and assistant Shefetah Tzedeq. The Guyana contingent, which includes 29 swimmers, left this morning.
Fitness Express/GABBFF Seniors…Kerwyn Clarke muscles his way to 2nd straight Mr. Guyana title
Kerwyn Clarke proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is the most complete package in the bodybuilding arena in Guyana. The Buddy’s Gym member out foxed six other rivals to win the Mr. Guyana title for the second consecutive year when the Fitness Express/Guyana Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) held its marquee championship at the Theatre Guild on Saturday evening.
Before a packed arena, Clarke, who had earlier won the Light Middleweight 166lbs – 176lbs category, outmuscling old rival Godfrey Stoby of GMR&SC Gym, was good enough in the Overall (clash of the category winners) showdown according to the judges to retain the Mr. Guyana crown.
Clarke, who will certainly lead Guyana’s delegation to this year’s CAC Bodybuilding Championships, staved off challenges from Sylvester Andrews (Total Fitness Gym) Welterweight 155lbs – 165lbs class; Devon Davis (GDF Gym) Bantamweight Under 143lbs; Alex Hamilton (Fitness Zone Gym) Heavyweight 177lbs & Over; Clint Duke (Total Fitness Gym) Masters Category 40 years & Over; Marlon Bennett (Extreme Fitness Club) Lightweight 144lbs – 154lbs and Sheed Totaram (Windero Gym – Berbice) Flyweight Under 132lbs winners of their respective categories.
Like Clarke, Alisha Fortune (GDF Gym) has surely etched her name in the history books also as the queen of the bodybuilding stage. She won the Miss Body Fitness title from Denzlyn Clarke (Home Gym).
Kerwyn Clarke received one 32″ TV as the overall winner’s prize, compliments of Digital Technology. All the category winners including Clarke were all presented with hampers from Fitness Express.
Following are the full results:
Category (lbs) Name Gym Place
Flyweight – Un 132 Sheed Totaram Windero 1st
Bantamweight – Un 143 Devon Davis GDF 1st
Lightweight 144 – 154 Marlon Bennett Extreme Fitness 1st
Mahondra Singh Buddy’s 2nd
Rawl Cole Buddy’s 3rd
Welterweight 155 – 165 Sylvester Andrews Total Fitness 1st
Careus Cipriani Fitness Paradise 2nd
Lloyd Thomas Total Fitness 3rd
Orlando Dublin Fitness Paradise 4th
Light Middle 166 – 176 Kerwyn Clarke Buddy’s 1st
Godfrey Stoby GMRSC 2nd
Clint Duke Total Fitness 3rd
Delon Harlequin GDF 4th
Lindy Sharp Universal Barbell 5th
Heavyweight 177 & Over Alex Hamilton Fitness Zone 1st
Dwayne Mars Windero 2nd
Tremel King Bodymax Gym 3rd
Owen Jordon Fitness Paradise 4th
Rhon Lonke Buddy’s 5th
Adrian Andries Total Fitness 6th
Jagdesh Budhram Fitness Revolution 7th
Masters 40 years & Over Clint Duke Total Fitness 1st
Lindy Sharp Universal Barbell 2nd
Lloyd Thomas Total Fitness 3rd
Adrian Andries Total Fitness 4th
- Alisha Fortune
- Kerwyn Clarke 2
Berbice Anjuman Orphanage assists young boxer
The management of the Berbice Anjuman Orphanage, Philadelphia Street, New
Amsterdam made a substantial donation to Under-16 amateur boxer Jamal Eastman, who is scheduled to participate in the Guyana Boxing Association Card at the Six Head Gym, tomorrow.
Eastman, a 5th form student of Vryman’s Erven Secondary School (VESS) is the nephew of former world rated boxer and national champion Howard “Battersea Bomber’ Eastman. He is the youngest of three brothers who are plying their trade in the boxing ring. The others being Richard Williamson and Joel Williamson.
He has been boxing since the age of 8, following his older siblings to camps. Presently one of Guyana’s brightest prospects, Eastman competes in the Junior Flyweight class. Tomorrow’s event will also showcase boxers from Suriname.
A member of the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym in New Amsterdam, Eastman and his siblings have to travel more than 20 miles on a daily basis to Rose Hall Town to keep in shape.
Owner of the Orphanage Brother Abu Bakker Mandal, an overseas based Canadian citizen, in handing over their contribution stated that the Orphanage has been in existence for over 25 years. He said that during the time the Orphanage has taken care of hundreds of youths of different persuasions.
Many have gone on to excel in different fields including education and sports. He promised to continue to assist Eastman and to fully sponsor him. His brother, Canadian based Raymond Rahim who was also present urged Eastman to continue his good showing and to aim for the stars.
He urged him not to let up on his education and be a good ambassador for himself, the Orphanage, his family and the entire country.
Eastman expressed gratitude for the support of the Orphanage and vowed to continue his climb while being a good ambassador.
GABF suspends, fines senior national players
By Edison Jefford
Following a meeting last Saturday, the Executive of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) instituted a number of bans and fines on senior national basketball players for what was called “off court misconduct” during Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships in the British Virgin Islands earlier this month.
Those who deliberated on the appropriate sanctions included GABF President, Nigel Hinds, Vice –President, Michael Singh, Vice-President, Kenrick Thomas and Vice-President, Haslyn Graham at the Cara Lodge.
“The following suspensions and fines were unanimously agreed on and the cause for disciplinary action by GABF was due to the refusal of the players to return team uniforms and warm-up suits when requested by GABF Management,” the federation said.
The suspensions and fines became effective yesterday and will remain in effect until the fines are fully paid; the fines will also remain in effect until uniforms are returned in good condition to the GABF and/or the suspension period expires, whichever occurs last.
The disciplinary actions taken by the GABF include:
The three players, who eventually returned all team uniforms, namely, Shelroy Thomas, Akeem Kanhai and Ray Victor were each fined $20,000. Ryan Stephney, who returned all the GABF gear except the white uniforms, was fined $30,000.
“Stephney will not be allowed to participate in any tournament, clinic, or tour held or approved by the GABF or its members until the fine is fully paid and the uniforms are returned to the GABF in good condition or the GABF is compensated for the uniforms,” the statement said.
Failure to return the uniform by February 1, 2015 results in an additional fine of $25,000 being imposed as reimbursement for the uniforms. All the suspensions and fines carried the caveat of “players will not be allowed to participate in any tournament, clinic, or tour held or approved by the GABF or its members until the fine is fully paid.”
Shane Webster, Ryan Gullen, Andre De Florimonte, Keron McKenzie and Gordon Klaiber are players who refused to return any of the uniforms and were fined $40,000 each. Their penalty for not returning the uniforms by February 1, 2015 carries an additional $70,000.
Andrew Ifill, Dwayne Roberts and Rawle Marshall played leading roles in usurping the authority of management and refused to return any uniforms; these players were each suspended for one year and fined $80,000. An additional fine of $70,000 will be imposed for failing to honor the stipulated deadline.
Meanwhile, the GABF has instituted a six months ban, effective yesterday, on Necosia Mitchell, “for knowingly making false statements to her Coach, Ann Gordon that impacted the composition of the Guyana Women’s Team.
“The GABF will continue to work diligently towards the development of basketball in Guyana and will remain vigilant on matters relating to the expansion and growth of basketball activities, discipline and compliance with the statutes of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA),” the federation said in its closing remarks on the action. The GABF is affiliated to FIBA, and is recognised as the authority for basketball administration in Guyana.
Basketball back on Burnham Court
- GABA hosts ‘Trifecta’ tournament
Basketball will return to the Burnham Basketball Court this weekend when the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) hosts its ‘Trifecta’ Tournament, beginning at 18:00hrs tomorrow with Colts taking on Republic Bank Nets.
Game two will feature Plaisance Guardians against Buxton Heat while Eagles play Pepsi Sonics in the third encounter of the night. Trinity Grid Holdings Pacesetters will play Melanie Patriots in the feature game of the night at the outdoor venue.
“It’s a privilege to bring back basketball to the Burnham Basketball Court this weekend, which will be played under new lights or generated light towers,” a release from the GABA indicated yesterday.
The weekend will also feature two senior exhibition games, which are scheduled for Sunday at the same venue. Nets will play Colts and Pacesetters will combat Sonics in those first division games.
NSC reneges on decision to honor GABF’s authority
- federation moves to impose FIBA sanctions
The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has indicated in a press release that the National Sports
Commission (NSC) has reneged on its earlier decision to honor the federation’s role in the selection of national teams.
Specifically, the federation highlighted the flouting of its role as it relates to the Inter-Guiana Games team. Below is the full statement from the federation as it relates to this new development as regards the NSC:
“During my recent telephone conversation with Mr. Gervy Harry, Chief Assistant to the Director of Youth & Sport (Neil Kumar) on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, I was informed that the agreement reached at the July 3, 2014 meeting between the National Sports Commission (NSC) and the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) relating to the basketball component of the Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) was no longer in effect based on a decision by the NSC.
Present at the (July 3, 2014) meeting were Gervy Harry; Karen Pilgrim, General Manager IGG; Nigel Hinds, GABF President; Michael Singh, GABF Vice-President; Kenrick Thomas, GABF Vice-President and Chris Bowman, IGG Committee Member.
An extract from the email sent (on July 7, 2014) by the General Manager (Karen Pilgrim) of IGG confirming the agreement is below:
The Federation will select the IGG 2014 Basketball team.
1. The Federation will appoint the Coaches. (Lugard Mohan and Ann Gordon will be asked.)
2. The Federation will appoint the Referees and all Game officials and shall be responsible for running the competition.
3. Pilgrim is to forward the “Long list” of athletes, IGG Protocol and IGG Basketball Rules
4. Chris Bowman is to advise the Federation on the areas to be covered.
After I informed Dr. Pilgrim via email of the (new) decision by the NSC, I received (from Dr. Pilgrim) the email (on July 18, 2014) below:
I am not aware of any changes made since our July 3rd meeting, but please note again that I only assist with management of the Games and have no reason to expect that all NSC decisions will be reported to me.
The GABF subsequently asked Dr. Pilgrim for a meeting that would bring clarity to the situation; to date we have not received the response.
Harry could not say whether there was a full meeting of the NSC Board that made the decision to circumvent the GABF; the NSC Board comprises of: Conrad Plummer, Vidushi Persaud, Peter Green, Alicia Fortune, Sean Richmond, Frank De Abreu, Steve Ninvalle, Hector Edwards, Pradeep Balram and Cheryl Thompson or if the decision was made by the Chief Executive Officer of the NSC, Mr. Neil Kumar.
Considering that our presence at the meeting and a key reason for the meeting on July 3rd referenced above was to have IGG Basketball played with GABF approval and authorization, it is sad that some professional administrators have reduced themselves to “rubber stamping” to seemingly maintain insider status.
One is reminded of the role played by Samuel Jackson in the movie Django Unchained as Stephen where Jackson plays the loyal house slave to a plantation owner. One is also reminded of a statement made by Ato Boldon at the Sports Management Workshop in June 2014 when he emphasised the need for a “culture of sport” if Guyana is to develop and reap success.
At the meeting on July 3rd the GABF pointed out that using the National Gymnasium facility on Mandela Avenue as accommodation for the basketball players was improper as the Gymnasium was not equipped to be used as a hotel.
When it is also considered that basketball players from Suriname and French Guiana are to be hosted at Ocean View Hotel; the current presence of some members of the Guyana Under-19 teams at the Gymnasium speaks to the lack of respect shown to athletes in Guyana.
Based on the decision by NSC as conveyed, Gervy Harry and the non-response from IGG “General Manager” Dr. Karen Pilgrim on the request for a meeting, the GABF in carrying out the statutes of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), which is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC); FIBA is represented in Guyana by the GABF.
GABF makes the following declaration:
All basketball coaches, officials, referees and players are asked not to participate in the 2014 basketball component of the IGG. Any participation by coaches, officials, referees or players will be subject to disciplinary action from the GABF.
In addition, those who participate will likely not be supported by GABF for scholarships or participation in clinics, workshops and tournaments in Guyana or overseas. Sponsors are respectfully requested not to play any role in undermining the opportunities for our youths through basketball.
Parents and Head Teachers of Schools are hereby asked to ensure that extramural basketball activities obtain the approval of the GABF before having their kids participate in such activities.
Under the statues of the GABF and by extension FIBA, the approval of GABF is required for any basketball related activities including clinics, workshop and tournaments in Guyana or the use of any affiliated member/s to participate in basketball activities outside of Guyana. Such approval has not been given to the NSC or any entity appointed by the NSC.”
LABA meets tomorrow to plan for rest of the year
The Executive Committee of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) will meet tomorrow in an effort to address issues affecting the game in Linden. The meeting will also look at plans for the remainder of this year and it starts at 18:00hrs at the Mackenzie Sports Club pavilion. All Executive Committee Members are asked to make a special effort to attend.
Young Guyanese swimmer to represent T&T again
Guyanese Delroy Tyrrell will be representing Trinidad and Tobago for a second time at the
Goodwill Swim Meet in Suriname from August 15th to 17th. Delroy, who represented T&T last year at the same Meet in Barbados, copped the 3rd place individual (Boys 11 – 12) at the just concluded National Short Course Swim Championship held at the St Michael’s Swimming Pool in San Fernando from July 9th to 13th. This Meet is used by the Amateur Swim Association of T&T to select swimmers on the Goodwill team.
Competing in 9 of the 10 Goodwill events, Delroy turned in impressive performances in the 50 Fly (time 33.09 secs), 100 Fly (114.40 secs) and 200Free (123.25 secs) all B time qualifiers.
The Tidal Wave Aquatics Trinidad swimmer, coached by veteran coaches Hazel and Chabeth Haynes, also posted qualifying times for the 100 Back (118 secs) and 100 Free (106 secs).
Delroy’s last outing earned him 3-gold for the Relay at the Goodwill Games in Barbados. This time, he plans to win individual medals.
Delroy’s parents are proud of their son’s rapid ascent in the sport and they thank God for their son’s ability.
Granger is the best leader to build a multiethnic rainbow coalition at this point
The PNCR is about to elect its leader who will most likely become the party’s presidential candidate or the presidential candidate of APNU, assuming that the candidate who wins will continue with the APNU coalition.
There are two sides in the PNCR. One side honestly believes it can win the election by itself, given that the Indian population has declined from 43% in 2002 to possibly 38% when the government finally releases the census numbers. Then there is Brigadier David Granger who strongly favours multiethnic coalition politics. He has some favourable numbers on his side. The PNCR received 34% of the overall votes in 2006. Under the APNU coalition – led by Mr Granger – the party won 40.8% of the votes in 2011. APNU includes the Guyana Action Party that traditionally pulls Amerindian votes.
Granger has come in for serious attacks from within the PNCR, from well-intentioned analysts like Mr Henry Jeffrey and Mr Christopher Ram, and from some malicious personalities writing with semi-fake pennames in the letter columns and anonymously on the blogs.
I have a different interpretation of Granger’s leadership style and I feel he is the best leader to lead a multiethnic coalition for the general election. I would like to make it clear that I support Mr Ram’s position that there ought to be more policy clarity coming out of APNU.
I also do not support holding up the Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill. I have explained in previous writings why I feel holding up the Bill is a distraction that allows the PPP to shift blame for the tanking economy on the opposition. And I do agree with Mr Ram that there should be more use of the courts. For example, instead of pushing for general elections, the Minister of Finance should be taken to court, while the focus ought to be local government elections at this time.
Mr Granger has taken a lot of heat from all quarters for not bringing out his supporters into the streets like Mr Hoyte did. It is not that he believes street protests are not an essential form of democratic expression. In Guyana, street protests require a lot more thought. He possibly understands that if there are protests sponsored by APNU, mainly African Guyanese will turn out. Any mass protests like Hoyte’s must be multiethnic like Rodney’s.
The oligarchic private media and the government-controlled media will make a point of taking small clips to stereotype African Guyanese for the purpose of promoting the PPP’s race-based “don’t split the votes” election campaign. They will demonize African Guyanese like the Guyana Chronicle editorial did just a few days ago.
In addition, we can expect agent provocateurs to create problems and the videos of these to strategically end up on the TV stations controlled by the Jagdeo-backed oligarchs. I just get the impression that street protests will come if the government continues on its present course. When it comes it will be credible and clinical.
Progress was made during the 2011 election. But the country has to deal with a pernicious constitution that prevents post-election alliances. Granger believes that political leaders should be doing bottom house and community meetings with the people from all ethnic backgrounds. Political leaders should be like school teachers, educating the people about their rights and how exactly the government’s policies are leading to their underdevelopment. Planning lessons are difficult; much more difficult than knee-jerk reactions and street protests without a credible outcome.
It is simply not true that Granger does not have a political economy philosophy. Interacting with him clearly shows he is a nationalist who strongly supports inclusive democracy. He also articulated this as recently as this May, during his televised interview with Ms. Tanuja Raghoo of Caribbean Spotlight TV, which is also available on YouTube.
He is on record on the Yesu Persaud TV programme supporting the independence Constitution with the Prime Minister as head of state. He supports diminishing the power of the President. Local government elections and governance for him would be a method to devolve power to the villages and localities. In terms of his economics, I get the impression he will be eclectic, drawing the best from free market and socialist economics. He understands – and wrote a book on it – the importance of a meritocratic public sector (what heterodox economists call embedded autonomy). He has a second book outlining his views of security as an underpinning for driving economic growth. Essentially his economic views are pragmatic, realistic and sensible.
His position on Linden demonstrates a dimension on his economic insights. Linden is in a depression mainly because aluminum – derived from bauxite – is one of the very few commodities that suffered a price decline during the commodity boom. Therefore, he understands that populism will not solve the problem there. However, winning the election can allow for Linden to be made into a significant other city, given that Georgetown will eventually be under water as the ice melts.
Finally, Granger led APNU to reject the terms of the Amaila hydroelectric plant, while not disagreeing with the need to harness hydroelectricity. At close to US$1 billion, the project was over-billed and with past experience (Skeldon sugar factory, Marriott hotel and road projects), the price would have increased even more. This one act saved all Guyanese from inflated external debt and expensive electricity. Unfortunately the AFC did not question this project as it should have.
One of Granger’s styles that appear to befuddle many observes is his ability to be comfortable in his skin. He has shunned “big man” politics. He is not an insecure leader; hence he allows others to propose Bills and motions in parliament. Does this management style warrant criticisms? Do we really want one man to take credit for all the work done by a team?
I feel Guyanese will desire this kind of management instead of the egotistical styles the country has suffered from since independence. Being a talk man in public speech does not imply an ability to run the country. Smooth talk is no substitute for technical competence. However, shunning “big man” politics does not mean there is no room for improving the public relations machinery of APNU.
Granger’s personal integrity is acknowledged even by critical commentators like Ram and Mr Freddie Kissoon. One of the massive obstacles to Guyanese national development and job creation is corruption that strangles legitimate business expansion and foreign investment. Granger also has a reputation as a skilled national security technocrat. That is evidenced among other accomplishments by his tenure lecturing at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Criminal enterprises like narco-trafficking, money laundering, piracy, and smuggling must be tackled credibly in order to provide the law and order that will enable and encourage remigration and job creation by honest small businesses.
I support Brigadier Granger because I feel he is the best leader to build a multiethnic rainbow coalition at this point. Having said that, I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate the PNCR for again electing its leader. This is refreshing, given that the PPP has stubbornly chosen Stalin’s method of a show-of-hands. Regardless of the outcome of the election, the PNCR would be the winner.
Fitness Express/GABBFF Seniors 2014…Subs & Salads joins forces
Subs & Salads, located on Sheriff Street, Campbellville has joined forces with the Guyana Amateur
Body Building and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) for the federation’s senior championships set for Saturday August 2, at the Theatre Guild Playhouse, Kingston.
Supervisor of that entity, Dennis Seenarine handed over their contribution to Videsk Sookram, Organising Secretary of the GABBFF and stated that they were humbled to be on board with the entity for its premier event.
Sookram offered his federations gratitude to Seenarine, management and staff of Subs & Salads for their support.
Reigning Mr. Suriname, Soepe Kose is the Guest Poser for the championships which is expected to feature all the big names in the Guyana. Reigning Mr. Guyana is Kerwin Clarke is expected to defend his title.
Fitness Express/GABBFF Seniors 2014 Mr. Guyana to receive 32” TV compliments Digital Technology
Come Saturday August 2, 2014, whoever is crowned Mr. Guyana at the Guyana Amateur Body Building & Fitness Federation (GABBFF) Senior Championships will walk away with a brand new LG Led 32” TV compliments of Digital Technology.
This is not the first time that the company is supporting the GABBFF as they did so two years ago. Trekking to Digital Technology’s Brickdam, Georgetown office was Treasurer of the federation Ms. Stacey McKinnon to express gratitude for their kind gesture.
Presenting the TV was Store Manager Andre Reman who said that they were very pleased to be a part of the premier bodybuilding event in Guyana once again. Reman noted that the sport has been making encouraging progress and his company was happy to play their part.
McKinnon thanked Reman and Digital Technology for the confidence they have been showing in the federation noting that the athletes will be happy to know that such a prize is at stake.
Mohan resigns as GBOC Interim Chairman
Another resignation rocked the basketball community this week when former Ravens player and Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) all-star guard, Lugard Mohan resigned from Guyana Basketball Officials’ Council (GBOC) as its Interim Chairman.
Following his International Basketball Federation (FIBA) referees’ certification some years ago in the United States, Mohan formed GBOC, to standardise officiating in Guyana. Former FIBA referee, Cecil Chin gave up the Chairmanship of GBOC last year.
President of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA), Michael Singh, tendered his resignation from “all basketball” last week.
Below is the full text of Mohan’s resignation letter that was sent to the President of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) President, Nigel Hinds.
“Dear Mr. Hinds,
I am writing to inform you, I am resigning from the position as Interim Chairman of Guyana Basketball Officials Council (GBOC) and as a basketball referee with immediate effect.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere gratitude to you and everyone that assisted me, before and during the period I was an official of GBOC. I have learnt a great deal; this experience has helped me to develop in my professional career and as a human kind. Basketball has allowed me to grow into the man I am today.
I wish you continued success in the development of basketball in Guyana. I know the task ahead is a tedious one, and can sometimes be stressful, but there is no doubt that you possess the shoulders, patience and knowledge to get the job done.
Again, I appreciate and I am thankful for the support, advice, guidance and patience that were afforded to me.
8th Annual Caribbean Powerlifting Championships – St. Croix USVI Kaieteur Sport ‘raps’ with GAPF President Peter Green on Guyana’s performance
Guyana’s six-member team to the just concluded 8th Annual Caribbean Powerlifting Championships held at the Kings Hill, St. Croix Education Complex in the United States Virgin Islands all medaled and in the process placed second overall.
The Team championship, which was held by Guyana for the previous years, was narrowly surrendered to Puerto Rico which accumulated 60 points with a full strength team (8-members) to Guyana’s 54.
The performance of the Guyanese team was phenomenal given the fact that all the athletes funded their own way as they wanted to show that they have what it takes to be the best. Guyana racked in six medals overall, 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Kaieteur Sport took the opportunity to engage President of the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation, Peter Green on the performances of his charges.
Kaieteur Sport: Can you share your thoughts with us on the athletes’ exploits?
Peter Green: As President it gives us great pride when our athletes perform outstandingly especially those that made their debut at the international level.
In the absence of the senior lifters the newcomers made good use of the opportunity presented to them, which has shown the depth and level of talent that we have here. Osmand Mack and Paul Adams in the absence of Winston Stoby in the 74kg, Germain Snagg and Erwyn Smith in the absence of Randolph Morgan and Anis Ade-Thomas in 83kg, Marino Jeffrey in the absence of Kenneth Melville in 93kg and seasoned lifter Karel Mars in the 105kg all did us proud.
Had we been able to afford sending two more lifters, the likes of new comers Leon Rupertie and Ketwaroo in the 66kg, it would have allowed us to retain the team title ahead of Puerto Rico and this analysis is based on the results of the foreign lifters.
Germaine Snagg was randomly selected for drug testing and so we await the results. Kimberley Mars was unable to travel due to a mix up in her travel itinerary and opted to stay behind.
Kaieteur Sport: What do you think of the team members having to raise their own funds to represent the Golden Arrowhead?
Peter Green: Our lifters having to finance themselves was an unavoidable situation incurred mainly through the GAPF having to deal with the fines imposed on our lifter Gumendra Shewdas to the tune of Guy$562,000, IPF Dues Euros$400, NAPF Dues US$100 as well as having to meet the deadlines for the team prior to participation.
It was made clear to all the eligible lifters that the federation was in no position to fully finance attendance at the Caribbean Championships. We did hold a Bar-b-que at the Intermediate Championships which assisted in a small way. However we have been able to repay the fine in full as well as our dues on time to give the self sponsored lifters the chance to compete.
Shewdas has repaid part of the fine in the sum of $200,000 to date and we are optimistic that the lifter will fully honor his commitment to the federation as he will be returning in time for the Commonwealth Championships in December 2015.
The Lifters also benefited from Tax Waivers and Travel Departure Tax from the Ministry of Sport as well as a soft loan from the National Sports Commission.
Kaieteur Sport: What are the next steps for the federation?
Peter Green: The Next step for us this year will be to continue to expose our lifters to two more local championships as well as submit our plans with cost estimates to the National Sports Commission for the construction of a National Centre for Strength Sports which will house both Powerlifting and Weightlifting with the capacity to host Bodybuilding competitions as well.
Internationally, our hope of hosting the Caribbean Championships next year received a severe setback through the non appearance of our General Secretary who was the designated delegate as well as Manager for the team to the just concluded Caribbean Championships but he was unable to attend due to personal issues.
Nevertheless, it is my intention to continue our lobby with the South American Federation to gain the rights to host the Pan American as well as the South American Championships here in July of 2015.
Should we be successful the Federation is equally certain that the North American Federation will have a change of heart and award us the Caribbean Championships which have been awarded to Canada as they host the North American Regionals in July around the same time. One thing is certain and that is the fact that we are adamant we will not be participating in July in Canada. However we will certainly be participating in December in Canada at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships where we will take the opportunity to bid for the 2017 Commonwealth Championships.
Also locally we will be adding an unequipped championship to our calendar for lifters who do not feel comfortable lifting equipped. This will in turn give them the opportunity to participate internationally in these categories.
The GAPF would be commencing discussions with the Paralympics charter in Guyana to give those suitably qualified to participate at Powerlifting (i.e Visually Impaired and Differently Able) as the IOC has already recognized Powerlifting at the Paralympics.
Compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness were our pillars -Says GABF President on Guyana’s CBC participation
By Edison Jefford
Quoting from playwright Howard Zinn, President of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), Nigel Hinds, stated that compassion, sacrifice, courage and kindness were the pillars of Guyana’s participation at the recently-concluded Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships in the British Virgin Islands.
Hinds’ statement was released to the media via email. “We always felt that small things would make great things happen, though it was not perfect, we accomplished what I considered a marvelous victory by having both of Guyana Men’s and Women’s Teams here in Tortola, BVI, participating in the Championships; paraphrasing Zinn: compassion, sacrifice, courage and kindness were our pillars,” Hinds said.
Zinn noted the following in his 2004 documentary called: ‘You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train’: “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage and kindness.” Hinds referenced the quote in his statement.
He said that he has embraced Zinn’s philosophy in an effort to have Guyana’s Male and Female Teams represented at the 2014 CBC Championships, albeit, in an environment that he believes was not conducive to source funds for the teams.
Guyana’s male team finished fifth of eight contestants and the females finished eighth of eighth contestants. Hinds informed that due to her presence at the competition, Guyana’s 18-year-old 6’5” Centre, Ginelle Ifill was approached for a scholarship offer in New Jersey.
Continuing to note some of the positive highlights from Guyana’s participation, Hinds said that some of the Guyanese male players had outstanding performances. He thought that Coach Mark Agard used his affable personality to handle the team with excellence.
However, he believes that the one of the greatest hindrances to further success for Guyana at the CBC Championships was “FIBA errant ruling on player eligibility”. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) had ruled that Guyana could not have more than one naturalised player on its roster.
Guyanese forward, Gordon Klaiber, who plays in Japan, was treated as a naturalised player when he was in possession of a Guyanese birth certificate. However, FIBA then enforced a rule that suggests that to be eligible to represent a particular country; players must claim their nationality via possession of that country’s passport before reaching the age of 16 years.
The issue forced Guyana to truncate its roster by excluding about five overseas-based players. It created some administrative issues for Guyana with CBC threatening to ban Guyana after Hinds had stood in solidarity with the protesting Guyanese players.
“…our first game was disrupted and this carried over into a first game loss; barring the foregoing Guyana Men’s Team would have at a minimum been in the Final Four,” Hinds believes, adding, however, that his administration will not be distracted.
He thanked Patrick Haynes, DC Jammers, Office of the President, Guyana Olympic Association, Windjammer Hotel, GT&T, Republic Bank, John Fernandes Limited and Ansa McAl, among other sponsors, numerous online donors, and Guyanese for supporting the team. Hinds disclosed that the focus now will be on youth ahead of the 2015 CBC Championships.
GABBFF Seniors 2014: Mr. Suriname Soepe Kose is Guest Poser Fitness Express is title sponsor
What is shaping up to be one of the biggest and potentially the most competitive body building show in Guyana is set for Saturday August 2nd at the Theatre Guild, Kingston. It will be the Guyana Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation Senior championships, the federation’s marquee event.
All the big guns including reigning Mr. Guyana Kerwyn Clarke will be on stage as will the reigning Mr. Suriname Soepe Kose who has been contracted by the GABBFF as the Guest poser.
Kose is no stranger to Guyana as he thrilled the audience when he won the Mr. Flex Night title in December 2012. He also placed 3rd at the Arnold Classic earlier this year and has promised that he will be putting on a mind blowing performance for the fans on the night of August 2, 2014.
Corporate support for the seniors has already started to flow with faithful partner Fitness Express, specialists in health and fitness products on board yet again as the main sponsor of the championships.
Manager/Owner Jamie Mc Donald yesterday presented a cheque to Treasurer of the GABBFF Merissa Sookram which confirmed and sealed the deal as the main sponsor of the Fitness Express/GABBFF Senior Body Building Championships.
Mc Donald in brief remarks thanked the federation for allowing his entity to once again be a part of the sport as the main sponsor. He said that the sport has come a long way on the path to returning to the glory days when it enjoyed huge fan support.
“I know the athletes have been doing a fantastic job in getting their bodies in shape and we would like to play our role in encouraging them to aim high. We have been partnering with the GABBFF for some years now and will continue to do so since as a company, it is part of our mandate to assist.”
Sookram in response complimented Mc Donald for their unwavering support which she assured has contributed over the years to the upward climb of body building in Guyana. Athletes are in the height of their preparations and will soon go into the final phase ahead of ShowTime.
MCY&S/NSC ‘Teach them Young’ swim programme commences
By Zaheer Mohamed
With the aim of producing talented national swimmers, the Ministry of Culture,
Youth and Sport (MCY&S) and the National Sports Commission have commenced their annual ‘Teach them Young’ swimming programme yesterday at Colgrain pool.
The programme started with 125 students between the ages of six to sixteen and will last for six weeks during which participants will be taught the basics of the sport including breathing control, kicking, arm movement and formation of strokes. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister Dr. Frank Anthony urged the parents to ensure that the youngsters attend all the sessions. He stated that the government is trying to develop swimming in Guyana, citing the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) as a major investment.
He explained that this programme is designed to spot talent but informed that there is a shortage of life guards and they are currently looking at persons to assist in this field. The minister also said that he wants to see students graduate to the NAC.
Director of Sport Neil Kumar indicated that this is one of the eleven camps they will be hosting during the school holidays and urged students to make full use of them. He advised the youths to take their education seriously and strive for greater heights.
Meanwhile, in an invited comment President of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) Ivan Persaud said he is impressed with the attendance and thanked the government for their support. He added that they are happy to have Cuban Coach Isabel Maria Cousa Fals involved and she will make direct recommendations to the GASA. He said that participants will be encouraged to join clubs where they can further develop their skills acquired after the programme.
Overseas based Guyanese cyclists continue to show benevolence
Present boxing gear to local gym
By Samuel Whyte
While some don’t remember where they originated, some do. One such person who is always trying to do something for his homeland is overseas based Guyanese Franco Crawford. As a former member of the Flying Ace Cycle Club of Berbice
and a top cyclist on the local shores, he continues to support his homeland, if not in cycling, in whatever way possible, be it sports or other community activity.
Crawford, who hails from Berbice and now resides in the United Kingdom, decided this time that he will assist those in the boxing fraternity. Back home on holiday, Crawford used the opportunity to present boxing gear to the Orland Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym at their Headquarters, at the PNC/R building at Strand and St Magdalene St New Amsterdam, Berbice. Among the equipment donated were a heavy bag (punching bag), speed ball set, exercise and pull up rack and boxing gloves. The presentation was the first made by Crawford to the boxing fraternity in Berbice.
Speaking at the simple presentation ceremony Crawford stated that, “I am always happy to be able to return to Guyana and give back to the home country and community.” He mentioned that he is very impressed by the talent that is available at home in the many disciplines, but many cannot go forward, because of the lack of opportunities and sponsorship. He said, “I have been coming here year after year and I have seen great potential in some of these kids. But it’s sad that they cannot afford to equip themselves for the various disciplines. What is more hurting is that because of a lack of support some of these youths cannot even train for their events.” He vowed to do whatever he can to assist as much as possible.
He remembered his ‘small boy’ days when things were tough and he does not want to see the youths go down that road. He is calling on other overseas based Guyanese to remember where they came from and come forward and assist the youths, hence they would fall by the way side.
He also thanked his cousin, former National Footballer and sports enthusiast Neil ‘Grizzly’ Humphrey for arranging and coordinating the activity with the boxers.
Gym founder and coach Orland ‘Pocket Rocket’ Rogers expressed gratitude on behalf of the gym and wished Crawford all success in the future. He stated that more community minded, business persons and overseas based Guyanese should take a page out of Crawford’s book and continue to assist those at home.
Rogers also reprimanded what he called the ‘big’ officials in Georgetown. He vented his disappointment in the performance of the Guyana Boxing Association, who he stated has neglected Berbice. “For the year we haven’t received anything from Mr. Ninvalle. I cannot say what they are doing.” He also expressed similar disappointment about the performance of the Guyana Boxing Board.
8th Annual Caribbean Powerlifting Championships – St. Croix USVI…
Osmand Mack snatches gold, Paul Adams silver on day 1
Defending Team Champions, Guyana, made an encouraging start despite fielding a small team when competition
at the 8th Annual Caribbean Powerlifting Championships lifted off yesterday at the Kings Hill, St. Croix Education Complex in the United States Virgin Islands.
The Guyanese six-member team could not have asked for a better start with Osmand Mack lifting his way to the gold medal in the 74kg class with countryman Paul Adams grabbing the silver in the said category ahead of Trinidadian, Michael Jack.
Mack, who has been a consistent top performer ever since his arrival on the local scene a few short years ago, powered his way to an overall and winning total of 640kgs; Adams tallied 635.5 with Jack way behind on 562,5.
Following is the table of how the Guyanese performed in the individual lifts:
Name Squat Bench Press Deadlift Total (kgs) Medal
Osmand Mack 255 142.5 242.5 640 GOLD
Paul Adams 232.5 155 245 632.5 SILVER
M. Jack (T&T) 195 125 242.5 562.5 BRONZE
The defending champions for the past two years were forced to field a reduced 6-member team rather than the full 8-members due to the lack of funding which has been a major bug bear for sports teams leaving these shores.
The athletes who have travelled have been able to do so due to the fact that they raised their own funds and have been complimented by Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) President Peter Green and his Executive for their resilience despite the many challenges.
Green noted too that the federation took the decision to rest their top guns to allow more exposure and development for the
upcoming promising lifters. He further disclosed that the CASH STRAPPED GAPF concentrated their efforts towards clearing of the IPF Fines as well as current membership dues to the NAPF and Governing body for the sport, IPF.
The determined Guyanese lifters will seek further glory when competition continues today at the same venue.
In the morning session competing in the 83kg class would be Germaine Snagg and Erlyn Smith.
The afternoon session will see Marino Jeffrey taking to the stage in the 93kg division.
Tomorrow (Saturday), seasoned campaigner Karel Mars will enter the fray when he comes up against the big guns in the tough 105kg class.
Raekwon Noel shatters three records at GASA July Sprints
Over the last weekend at the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) July Sprints Meet held at the National
Aquatic Centre a number of records were broken, we have mentioned already the exploits of 7 year-old Aleka Persaud and today we share with you the achievement of 8 year-old, Raekwon Noel.
The extremely talented young and hardworking swimmer, who attends the Green Acres School, swam in the Boys 8 & Under where he shattered three records.
Noel broke the first of his records on Friday July 4 in the 100m Freestyle setting a new time of 1:19.87, erasing the old mark of 1:20.80 which was set by another talented young swimmer, Leon Seaton.
One day later, Noel, not satisfied, went on to achieve his second record in the main race of the day, referred to as the Blue Ribbon event. It was the 50m freestyle which he swam with all guns blazing to touch the wall and take the record in a time of 34:53 from his friend Leon Seaton who held the previous record of 35:09.
Noel who wasn’t quite finished claimed the last record in the final event of Saturday July 6. He set a new mark in the 50m butterfly of 39:20. He erased the old mark that was achieved by Ronaldo Rodrigues of 40:18 set back in 2004.
It was a happy day for Noel’s mom and dad and his teammates and club officials of the Dorado Speed Swim Club.
Protecting their own interest
Not surprising, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of PNC/APNU, David Granger, has joined with his AFC counterpart in denouncing the speech made by the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Priya Manickchand during the US independence celebration at the home of the United States Ambassador, Brent Hardt. He called on President Donald Ramotar to disassociate his Administration from “these worthless remarks” and to issue an unconditional apology to Ambassador Hardt and the people of the United States of America. APNU called her remarks, “vulgar and worse than useless.”
It is obvious that Mr. Granger either did not hear that speech, or he is deliberating spinning this to gain political advantage. There is nothing vulgar and useless about the truth.
Founding Leader of the PNC, Forbes Burnham would have been ashamed of Granger for allowing the American Ambassador to interfere with our internal affairs, and to disrespect our Head of State and country without closing ranks behind the Administration to give him the send-off he deserved. Burnham and Cheddi Jagan fought too hard for Guyana’s independence to allow foreign intervention to divide us as a people.
While it is true that the Minister was booed and heckled during the delivery of her speech, the ringleaders who instigated the chaos, calling for the Ambassador to revoke the Minister’s US visa, included a well-known provocateur and opponents of the government. If Forbes Burnham had delivered this same speech to the American Ambassador, they would have been cheering him on. Hypocrisy to say the least!
Minister Manickchand was asked to deliver the Government of Guyana’s official response to a meddling diplomat in the presence of persons experienced in the art of protesting and heckling. What other response could have been expected from such a gathering?
Surely it was in the interest of the opposition to make the government look bad. But it is a sad day indeed when our leading politicians and their sycophants compromise our democracy and the integrity of the principles our Founding Fathers fought for, to suck-up to foreign intervention for fear of losing their visas, or being denied one.
GABF VP Michael Singh tenders resignation -cites threats from journalist/referee
By Edison Jefford
President of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) and Vice-President of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), Michael Singh, tendered his resignation yesterday “from all aspects of basketball in Guyana”.
Speaking to Kaieteur Sport yesterday following the newspaper’s receipt of the resignation letter, Singh said that he will not allow a particular journalist, who is also a basketball referee, to continue to threaten his life and his character.
Singh was referring directly to a faceoff on social network, Facebook, in which the journalist and referee used several expletives and even referenced use of a gun in response to Singh mentioning of him failing the FIBA Officials Certification Examination.
Yesterday’s social network squabble was the second between the two. Singh said that he has done too much for the sport to allow his character to continue to be assaulted. He believes his track record on the sport’s development speaks for itself.
The owner of Paladin Security, which provides all forms of security needs, took over as head of the GABA last year after successfully developing Colts Basketball Club, following the death of Phillip George.
He has consistently organised basketball in Georgetown at both Cliff Anderson Sports Hall and Burnham Basketball Court, finishing Leagues for the Division I and III Clubs and also Division II Clubs for the first time this decade.
Singh is extremely active in basketball development in Georgetown and played a crucial role in ensuring Guyana compete at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships in the British Virgin Islands.
Singh’s full resignation letter is below:
“With all the events happening around basketball within the last 48 hours and prior, it’s with great regret that I tender my resignation from all aspects of basketball in Guyana.
Over the past two years, I have worked feverishly to resuscitate and bring back basketball without significant sponsorship, because of my love for the game, making it harder to accept, when parties attempt to discredit and degrade us as administrators.
To my President of the GABF and loyal friend, keep the fight up, I don’t know a better man for the job. In six months, you were able to field two teams to the CBC Games, I know it was a task.
To my affiliates and teams, thank you for your support and assistance, I wish you the best in the future.
President GABA/VP GABF”
GASA July Sprints – Goodwill Trials…Aleka Persaud smashes 8 & under 50m butterfly record; usual standouts impress
The 2014 edition of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) July Sprints which also served as a qualifier for this year’s Goodwill multi nation championships set for Suriname next month, ended yesterday at the National Aquatic Centre.
The usual standouts continued their impressive showing including the likes of Britany van Lange who achieved the A-Times for Goodwill this year in the 200m free and 50m back, Accalia Khan also achieved the Goodwill A-Time in the 50 back; Hannibal Gaskin, Amy Grant, Raekwon Noel and Leon Seaton among others also turned in consistent performances.
Another one of the emerging swimmers destined for big days in the future if the relevant persons and GASA can hone the talent of her and others is 7-year-old Aleka Persaud who smashed the 8 & Under 50m butterfly record of 47.39 set by Accalia Khan on November 9th 2008 by setting a new mark of 47.12 on Saturday.
Persaud, daughter of GASA President Ivan Persaud, has been very dominant since arriving on the competitive scene and still has some time in this age group as she continues to impress.
A member of the Orca Speed Swim Club, Persaud, who did not compete yesterday, was also triumphant on Saturday in the 100m Individual Medley (IM) clocking 1:47.72 and the 50m free (38.91).
GASA President Ivan Persaud disclosed that the Goodwill team would be announced early this week ahead of next month’s Meet in neighboring Suriname.
Following are the results from yesterday’s final day:
Name Age Group Event Club Time
Jadyn George Girls 9-10 200m Free Sliver Sharks 3:14.41
Leon Seaton Boys 9-10 “ “ 2:51.37
Amy Grant Girls 11-12 “ “ 2:59.46
Antonia Hussein Boys 11-12 “ Dorado 2:32.53
Accalia Khan Girls 13-14 “ Orca 2:28.25
Joseph De Nobrega Boys 13-14 “ Dorado 2:12.81
Britany van Lange Girls 15-17 “ Dorado 2:16.89
Hannibal Gaskin Boys 15-17 “ Dorado 2:09.23
Athena Gaskin G 18 &Over “ Dorado 2:43.20
Aleka Persaud G 8&Under 50m Back Orca 50.57
Raekwon Noel B 8&Under “ Dorado 44.03
Lian Winter Girls 9-10 “ Dorado 47.46
Sekhel Tzedeq Boys 9-10 “ Dolphin 39.43
Amy Grant Girls 11-12 “ Silver Shark 41.31
Nathon Hackett Boys 11-12 “ Silver Shark 37.61
Accalia Khan Girls 13-14 “ Orca 33.89
Britany van Lange Girls 15-17 “ Dorado 33.47
Athena Gaskin G 18&Over “ Dorado 40.75
Joseph deNobrega Boys 13-14 “ Dorado 33.25
Angel Rodrigues Boys 15-17 “ Sliver Gliders 34.67
Britany van Lange Girls 15-17 100m Fly Dorado 1:14.59
Hannibal Gaskin Boys 15-17 “ Dorado 1:02.62
GASA July Sprints – Goodwill Trials …Silver Gliders of Moruca competing
The Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) July Sprints is currently taking place at the National Aquatic Centre with a 20-memebr strong contingent from the village of Moruca, Region 1.
The usual consistent performers held the usual sway on the opening day of action Friday and yesterday. The final day is today.
Following are the results from day one, Friday.
Amy Grant (Sliver Shark Aquatic Swim Club) won the girls 11-12 100m free in 1:18.30; Antonio Hussein (Dorado Speed Swim Club) was the top boy in this age group with a time of 1:08.29.
Accalia Khan (Orca) won the girls 13-14 age group in 1:08.00 with Joseph De Nobrega (Dorado) for boys in 1:01.46; Britany van Lange (Dorado) was the top girls in the 15-17 class in 1:01.71 with club mate Hannibal Gaskin the leading boy in 58.97.
Britany van Lang also won the 50m breast (38.46); Gaskin was the lone athlete in the 50m breast (41.78); Dylan Nurse took the 13-14 boys 50m breast (36.77); Gaskin added this event to his collection (34.26).
Aleka Persaud (Orca Speed Swim Club) took the top spot in the girls 8 & Under 100m free, clocking 1:35.01 while Raekwon Noel (Dorado peed Swim Club) was unstoppable in the 100m free 8 & Under boys equivalent clocking 1:19.87.
Persaud was also unbeatable in the 50m breaststroke in 55.89; Noel too was a winner in 52.94.
Jadyn George (SSASC) topped the field in the girls 9-10 100m free recording 1:29.77 while for boys, Sekhel Tzedeq of Dolphin Speed Swim Club took top honours in 1:18.07.
George also won the 50m breast (52.04) with Leon Seaton of Silver Shark Aquatic Speed Swim Club taking top honours for boys in this 9-10 category (46.83).
Kenita Mahaica (Dolphin) was the leading 11-12 girls breaststroker winning in 46.63; Nathon Hackett clocked 40.22 for boys in the same age group.
Nikita Fiedtkou was the lone competitor in the girls 13-14 50m breast clocking 47.34.
In the 100m backstroke races; Donna Carter of Dorado won the 9-10 girls (1:41.76) with Tzedeq for boys (1:28:00); Grant took the 11-12 girls (1:34.46); Khan 13-14 girls (1:17.09); van Lange 15-17 girls (1:13.08); Athena Gaskin was the top 18 and over girl (1:31.29) with De Nobrega for boys (1:21.73); Angel Rodrigues (Silver Gliders) was the leading 15-17 boys (1:23.91).
Ninvalle optimistic of better Regional fortunes Looks for continued unity among Caribbean territories
By Michael Benjamin
Recently nominated to contest for an executive position on the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) when that organization holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November this year, President of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), Steve Ninvalle is very optimistic that once he succeeds, he would be in a good position to improve the lot of pugilists in Guyana and the wider Caribbean region.
Ninvalle spoke with this newspaper at his Main Street office and outlined what occurred recently in Barbados where the heads of the territorial associations convened, at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, to examine ways of promoting the sport in the region, while enabling its boxers to procure lucrative opportunities and medals at international competitions.
The meeting commenced with the participants reviewing the state of the sport in the region and it was unanimously agreed that there must be a collaborative effort of all of the territorial associations if the sport is to continue along a commendable developmental trend.
The territorial heads further suggested the revival of a structured, competitive tournament in the Caribbean. In recent times, Caribbean pugilists competed among themselves in the Caribbean Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) championships, hosted in any one of the territorial countries.
However, this tournament was disbanded at the behest of President of the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA), Dr. Chin Kuo Wu but the various associations are adamant that a tournament of this nature should form a part of the Caribbean boxing itinerary.
Meanwhile, Mr Ninvalle received a unanimous vote to contest for the IABA position after he was nominated by Barbados and seconded by the United States Virgin Islands. President of the St. Lucia Amateur Boxing Association (SLABA), David ‘Shakes’ Christopher, was also nominated but declined saying that he would be throwing his weight behind Ninvalle’s instalment to the position.
This is the first time in the history of the sport that an English speaking, Caribbean representative will contest for the post and while it is not yet clear who the other contestants from the other hemispheric associations are, should Ninvalle clinch the position, it will herald a new dispensation in the Caribbean amateur boxing arena.
The forum further dealt with processes for the training of technical officials while discussions were also based on the acquisition of funding and/or training from IABA and the AMBC, moments before a committee was installed to oversee the implementation of the action plan.
Mr. Ninvalle expressed gratitude to his Caribbean counterparts and said that should he clinch the post he would do all within his power to better the fortunes of boxers across the region. He was especially grateful to Mr. Solano who used his expertise and knowledge of the sport to guide the process. “He was very instrumental in guiding us and ensured that we did not overstep our mandate to foster development at the Caribbean level,” Ninvalle said of Solano.
He also said that all of the delegates agreed that the Caribbean heads needed to adopt a unified approach towards the development of the sport. Ninvalle said that he was generally pleased with the outcome of the forum and suggested regular discourse among his CARICOM colleagues to improve the lot of Caribbean pugilists. Consequently, a team consisting of seven persons was tasked with overseeing the development of the sport in the Caribbean.
The other participating countries are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago and the US Virgin Islands.
Some of the top delegates at the forum were Barbadian, Kathy Harper Hall, Chairman of the Barbados National Sports Commission, Michael Power and Presidents of the Barbados Olympic Association and Barbados Boxing Association, Steve Stoute and Anthony Jones respectively.