GABCA asks Coaches to formally register

January 22, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

With an aim of continuing to systemise Coaching in Guyana, the newly formed Guyana Amateur Basketball Coaching Association (GABCA) is asking

Andrew Hercules

Andrew Hercules

that all affiliated Coaches register with the association ahead of the 2015 Basketball Season.
The GABCA in a release yesterday asked coaches affiliated to Linden, Georgetown and Berbice Amateur Basketball Associations, which are all in-turn affiliated to Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) to register for the upcoming year.
President of the GABCA, Andrew Hercules, who the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has accredited, is on a path to ensure the restructuring of coaches in Guyana. He is the Coach of the Plaisance Guardians Basketball Club at both levels.

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GABF confirms Bermuda schedule -Federation to meet on Saturday

January 21, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has confirmed the schedule for Bermuda’s National Men’s Basketball Team tour to Guyana

Nigel Hinds

Nigel Hinds

during March 10-15, for a three-game series at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall against Guyana’s National Team.
A release from the federation stated that the visit from one of the top teams in the Caribbean will have an immense benefit to Guyana. The series will serve as a litmus test for Guyanese players, who will represent Guyana at the Caribbean Championships in June.
“Aside from having Bermuda, one of the premier Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Teams, showcase their skills to the Guyanese public, Guyana will have a wonderful opportunity to compete and display their basketball skills on home soil,” the association noted in a release.
The Caribbean Championships are scheduled for the British Virgin Islands, June 7-21 while the dates released yesterday for the Bermuda vs. Guyana showdown are Wednesday, March 11, Thursday March 12 and Saturday March 14 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall as per schedule below:
Tuesday, March 10, 2015: Meet and greet with GABF.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015: Morning practice, evening game.
Thursday, March 12, 2015: Morning practice, evening game.
Friday, March 13, 2015: Morning practice, sightseeing and free evening.
Saturday March 14, 2015: Morning practice, final evening game.
The GABF will be holding a meeting on Saturday and the key agenda items include the following: Review of 2014, Bermuda Men National Basketball Team Visit 10-15 March 2015, Identifying National Coach for Bermuda Visit, Road to Mecca 11 Marketing and Management, CBC 2015 Championships in BVI – June 7-21, 2015, Schools Basketball Exchange Program – 2015, 2015 IGG – Basketball, CBC Congress – Jan 30- Feb 1, 2015 – GABF President to Attend, Basketball Gear, Basketball Facilities.

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GABA AGM set for Sunday at Duke Lodge

January 20, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 
Michael Singh

Michael Singh

- Singh not seeking re-election

The Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Elections on Sunday at the Roraima Duke Lodge, Duke Street, Kingston at 12 noon. The incumbent President, Michael Singh is not seeking re-election.
The positions to be contested at the AGM are: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer. Teams and affiliates are asked to have two senior members present for the voting process.
Interested candidates are asked to contact Singh to have their candidature made official. Those affiliated clubs, Dynas Ravens, TGH Pacesetters, Colts, Pepsi Sonics, Republic Bank Nets, UG Trojans, Eagles, Plaisance Guardians, Knights and Melanie Patriots are asked to take note. Other teams, who can observe are Buxton Heat and West Side Jammers.

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Beacon light of hope as GBA executives strengthen boxing relations with French Guiana

January 19, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

By Michael Benjamin
Anyone, even the uninitiated, paying attention to the trend of development within the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) would admit that the preceding year has been one of the best in the recent history of the sport. Indeed, local boxers have engaged their counterparts around the Caribbean and other parts of the world in tournaments organized by sister Caricom States in collaboration with the executive of the GBA.

Bess covers up as Mosquea commences a body attack during sparring sessions yesterday.

Bess covers up as Mosquea commences a body attack during sparring sessions yesterday.

Admittedly, the boxers have endured fluctuating fortunes while boxing in other territories but executives could still boast that there has been a positive shift in the developmental arc where local pugilists have triumphed over their Caricom counterparts out of Trinidad, Barbados, Martinique and St Lucia.
Consequently, President of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle, has endeavoured to improve the fortunes of his charges and over the past year has had dialogue with his counterparts from the above mentioned countries and quite recently has included Suriname in the mix with the aim of strengthening relations, while creating opportunities for international exposure for his charges.
The latest of these interactions occurred during the preceding week when a team of two boxers, Leonardo Mosquea and Kesney Joseph, accompanied by the Technical Director of the French Boxing Association, Jack Chinon, and a reporter from the National Television Network (French Guiana), Stephane Floricien, arrived in Guyana and held discussions with Mr. Ninvalle on a wide cross section of boxing issues.
The GBA President said that the team out of French Guiana arrived in the country last Thursday, under the auspices of the National Sports Commission and he was only informed of its presence one day later. He said that he immediately engaged the principals in discussions which proved to be very fruitful.
The Inter Guiana Games will kick off later this year and following discussions with Mr. Chinon, Mr. Ninvalle intimated that he has dispatched an email to President of the French Association Boxing Association, Rolland Robeiri, to discuss Guyana’s participation in those championships as well as devise ways of strengthening relations between the two entities. He said that he has been invited to participate in the French National Championships scheduled for March and would endeavour to put the modalities in place to ensure Guyana’s presence.

Khan steps back to evade a stiff left jab from Joseph.

Khan steps back to evade a stiff left jab from Joseph.

Meanwhile, both French boxers visited the Andrew ‘Sixheads’ Lewis Boxing Gym yesterday morning and engaged in sparring sessions; Mosquea engaged local (professional) heavyweight champion, Kurt Bess, while Joseph sparred 4 thrilling rounds with local (amateur) boxing champion, Imran Khan. If what was witnessed at those sessions mean anything then Guyanese boxers need to train exceptionally hard to overcome the Frenchmen.
Mosquea turned in a vicious display of power punching that had Bess on the back foot and covering up from the onslaught. The taller of the two, Bess attempted to box at long range but the Frenchman expertly quartered the ring and blasted him with several wallops that forced him into the ropes where he sought refuge behind highly held guards. It was truly a top class display that should serve to hasten the efforts of GBA executives in formalizing the exchange programme.
Khan also sparred for 4 rounds but handled his session far more efficiently than Bess. In what was a solid exhibition of skill and power, Khan unleashed a two fisted attack on his French opponent. Not to be outdone, Joseph lashed out and had his man covering up. It was a true display of courage and skill and it was a pity that a larger audience was not on hand to witness the exhibition.
The French contingent leaves Guyana later today and Mr. Ninvalle said that he will aggressively pursue relations with the French Boxing Association to commence bilateral relations.

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Shooting Federation raps with Director of Sports on planned initiatives

January 17, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 
From left, GSSF’s Director, Dr. Bhiro Harry, Director of Sport, Mr. Neil Kumar and GSSF's President, Ms. Vidushi Persaud at the recent visit.

From left, GSSF’s Director, Dr. Bhiro Harry, Director of Sport, Mr. Neil Kumar and GSSF’s President, Ms. Vidushi Persaud at the recent visit.

Representatives of the Guyana Sport Shooting Federation paid a courtesy visit to the National Sports Commission at their Headquarters on Homestretch Avenue where they interacted with Director of Sport Neil Kumar among others.
The Guyana Sport Shooting Federation Inc. was sanctioned in August 2014 by the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport and the National Sports Commission, in keeping with recent policy requirements set out for sporting organisations locally. The Directors of the G.S.S.F.’s Board committed that the Federation will seek to always maintain records and follow all requirements set out by the MCY&S and the NSC so as to upkeep its recognition as a Sporting body while continuing to promote sport, specifically in the field of sport shooting locally, regionally and internationally.
Since its incorporation, the Director of Sport, Mr. Neil Kumar was lauded by GSSF’s President, Ms. Vidushi Persaud as the most supportive Director of Sport a country can hope for, mentioning his un-hesitating support for sport shooting in Guyana. The NSC has rendered assistance whenever possible and facilitated several courses that were hosted by the G.S.S.F. at recently constructed National Sports Resource Centre. These courses saw the members of the Federation learning the basics on Firearm Safety and Range Discipline.
The G.S.S.F. in fulfilling its mandate to pioneer new forms of sport shooting indicated that they will be starting regulated Amateur Trap Shooting shortly. In addition, the Federation looks forward to introducing Archery as a sport to Guyana with a focus on both indoor and outdoor archery. In this regard, the National Sports Commission once again committed itself to making this venture a success. Mr. Kumar committed to making the National Gymnasium available to G.S.S.F. members for indoor archery events. Currently, the special equipment needed to facilitate this are being sourced and initial communications with the relevant authorities for regulation of same has begun so as to commence this form of sport shooting on a formal basis.
Ms. Vidushi Persaud, President of the Federation, took the opportunity to present a Certificate of Appreciation to the Director of Sport, Mr. Neil Kumar in recognition of the invaluable and un-hesitating support given to the G.S.S.F. for the promotion of sport shooting in Guyana.

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La dolce vita under threat: The PPP at 65

January 17, 2015 | By | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Freddie Kissoon 

As the PPP celebrates the attainment of 65 years, a looming loss of power threatens the luxurious life the PPP leadership enjoyed from plundering this poor, impoverished land.
The trouble in paradise is deepening with every passing day as we approach that inevitable election date.
If power is lost in a general election not only is paradise lost but the very existence of the PPP goes down. No other party in the world wants to be in the PPP’s shoes because a new government is bound to seek prosecution.
From the time Bharrat Jagdeo came to power, a harem of wealth was constructed where philistine politicians built an individual empire of gold, diamond and perfume-oozing beds. The power of luxury and the luxury of power created this fantasy world that the Jagdeo cabal thought would have lasted forever. This existence is now in trouble.
Within ten years of Jagdeo rule, ruling politicians, their families, relatives and friends have amassed wealth so stunning that as a cabal, their assets can rival any other conglomerate in the business world of any CARICOM country; and Trinidad has enormously wealthy people.
One of the most talked about story, whether gossip or factual is that the champion of dirt is the richest man in Guyana. As the rumours fly, there must be some truth about it. The champion’s name has been associated with capital accumulation for over ten years now. People say his money is canopied under the business ventures of the class he single-handedly invented – the nouveau riche.
Little boys and girls, elderly people, the young and the middle-aged all talk about the corruption that sprang up under the leadership of the champion. The beneficiaries of the champion’s largess have created a fortress of money for themselves in Guyana.
When dusk covers Guyana, paradise comes alive. Pradoville One and Pradoville Two have their constant parties where if an amateur journalist drops out of the skies to cover it, he would think he is seeing a debauched abandonment of a Hollywood movie mogul. The combined cost of the vehicles parked outside these Pradoville parties outstrips the combined GNP of the small CARICOM states.
The champion and his nouveau riche partners live a life born in post-modern luxury. A bowel ailment saw the champion flying over to the US in a chartered private jet. His friends pay out millions of American dollars to own a part of Caribbean cricket. There is an uncanny similarity with Allan Stanford. He too spent millions of American money to buy Caribbean cricket. Afterwards he bought a jail cell where he will spend the rest of his life.
The inexorable construction of “skyscrapers” and the blooming of retail businesses all over Georgetown with stores that are not half-empty but completely empty, and the gold rush are just but three examples of the wealth of the nouveau riche on display.
Rumours have it that it is the champion’s money but it is also the money that comes from what our esteemed economist Clive Thomas calls, the informal sector.
Can this surreal existence survive a change of government in 2015? The answer is no. Should the opposition win the government, la dolce vita comes to an end. The pressure to investigate this overnight accumulation of wealth will simply be too enormous on the new administration for them to ignore.
Much of this money came from corruption, tax evasion, drug trafficking and state funds that went to preferred contractors. One man gets all the pharmaceutical contracts. One man gets all the infrastructural contracts, one man builds all the new schools, one man supply all the vehicles.
The sum total is money that cannot be measured even by the CIA super-computers.
Just three examples will show how fairyland will disintegrate if power changes hands in the forthcoming elections. Tax evasion will be confronted. Why should a new government, hard-pressed for cash, allow the hemorrhaging of money to private people when the Treasury needs it? Competition will be encouraged for the supply of medical goods. Competition will be introduced for road construction.
It is not only the Treasury that loses money from the nouveau riche’s habit of tax evasion but local authorities too. The mansions that have gone up all over Guyana since 2000 have never been properly assessed for rates and taxes. The Georgetown City Council has lost billions over this period.
In 2015, the sores will be scraped off the anatomy of paradise leaving it bare for the nation to see its bones, bones of evil that once walked tall in the garden of pleasure and leisure created by the party of Cheddi Jagan sixty-five years ago.

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GBBC President, Peter Abdool, heads Fecarbox Boxing Organization Recommits to development of local boxers

January 14, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

By Michael Benjamin
Almost five years ago, in February 2010, President of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC), Peter Abdool, endeavored to change the fortunes

Peter Abdool

Peter Abdool

of local boxers when he inaugurated the Guyana Fight Night (GFN) boxing card. The rationale behind the venture sought to create opportunities for local pugilists while preparing them for the international stage.
Mr. Abdool enhanced his chances to fulfill his mission when he clinched the Presidency of the Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) a few years ago and solidified his position at the World Boxing Council convention in Mexico recently when he was also appointed President of Fecarbox with added responsibilities of overseeing boxing activities in Mexico, Latin and Central America, Venezuela and Columbia among others.
Now back home, Mr. Abdool is bent on resuming efforts to improve the fortunes of local pugilists. A few years ago, the GBBC President had inaugurated the Guyana Fight Night (GFN) initiative and even a surreptitious glance would have convinced the uninitiated that the venture was instrumental in opening several doors of opportunities for local boxers.
Many of them clinched CABOFE titles while others, the likes of Clive Atwell and Elton Dharry extended their fortunes to higher levels, battling for World and Continental of Americas titles respectively.
The paucity of boxers coupled with the meager gate support threatened the continuity of the cards and the skeptics were adamant that the initiative would die an expeditious death. This was not to be and the organizers pressed on, that is, until October 2013, when the last GFN was staged.
Afterwards, there were several cards organized by the GBBC but it seemed as though those officials had abandoned the GFN initiative. Yesterday morning, Kaieteur Sport engaged Mr. Abdool in a discussion while attempting to ascertain his projections for the sport, the challenges encountered and strategies for its continued development.
”Over the past year we have quietly aborted no less than 4 cards due to varying reasons,” he intimated. The GBBC boss revealed that among such reasons were constant blackouts, unavailability of the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) and poor air vents.
He also said that pivotal among the patrons’ concerns was the limited options to exit the venue in cases of emergencies. “Promoters are reluctant to invest their hard earned dollars in such uncertain and unchartered territory,” Abdool explained.
He further said that the overhead costs for organizing cards are debilitating and restrict promoters from recouping their investments much less making a profit. The GBBC President said that these reasons have been responsible for the abortion of the GFN over the past months but his executives have not totally abandoned the initiative.
Nevertheless, he is adamant that the many stakeholders had benefited from the programme while it was active. He also said that his executives are currently reinstituting the modalities towards the successful reinstatement of activities. Indeed, the cost of staging the card is extremely prohibitive and Mr. Abdool explained that the expenditure amounts to approximately two million dollars. Nevertheless, he remains staunch that the investment is well worth the while.
The GFN accommodates 8 amateur boxers and over the years furniture giants, Courts, have donated large food hampers to the participating amateur pugilists. Additionally, the GBA benefits from the programme; “Our contribution to the Guyana Boxing Association is $100,000 per card while the boxers are kept active,” said Mr. Abdool.
He further explained that the corporate institutions that sustained the card experienced fluctuating fortunes and many of them were forced to either cut back or discontinue supporting all together.
”Fortunately, we benefitted from the chivalry of the National Communications Network and were granted the use of the CASH free of cost,” said Mr. Abdool. He was also in high praise of his fellow executives who utilized personal funds and energies to sustain the cards.
Now as 2015 breaks, Mr. Abdool said that he envisages similar challenges but his executives have steeled themselves for them. As such, the GBBC will start this year on a bang and according to Abdool, plans are in place to host Jamaican Contender champion, Sakima Mullings, around February month end.
Word has been around that Mullings has agreed to fight Andrew ‘Sixheads’ Lewis in a 10 rounds non-title fight in Jamaica next month. Abdool said that following successful negotiations with Mullings’ team plans are now in train to stage the fight in Guyana.
This was made possible after negotiations with the Jamaicans who have agreed to waive the fees to their accommodation, travel and meals. “We are indeed grateful for this but our cost is still prohibitive,” said Abdool.
Currently, the promoters are staring at a cost nearing $8M dollars but the GBBC President said that he is heartened by the chivalry extended by the Jamaicans even as he envisages similar support from Corporate Guyana.
”We have planned at least three big ticket fights for the year and are very optimistic that we will receive the requisite support from all stakeholders towards their successes,” exhorted Mr. Abdool. He said that talent abounds even as he revealed that CABOFE middleweight champion, Edmond Declou has recovered nicely and is ready to resume his career; Declou had been out of the ring ever since his fight with current super/middleweight champion, Dereck Richmond in October 2013 where he suffered a broken jaw.
The GBBC President is confident that this year will be a successful one for his charges.

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‘IGG performance, Aquatic Center among highlights of 2014’

January 8, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 
Neil Kumar

Neil Kumar

NSC’s biggest challenge was tardiness of contractors says Neil Kumar

By Sean Devers

On the back of stinging criticism for not doing enough for Sports in Guyana, the location of the Synthetic Track in West Demerara when most of the Nation’s top sprinters are based in the City, the slow work on that facility and that of the Aquatic Centre on the East Coast, not assembling a welcome party for the National Rugby team after they won the NACRA Seven’s title in Mexico, and why there is a perceived ‘gridlock’ on the use of National Sporting Facilities, Guyana’s Director of Sports Neil Kumar tried the counter those allegations.
Kumar, who has been Head of the National Sports Commission (NSC) since 1994, two years after this Government came into office, explained that the Sports Ministry ensured investments were made into sports development in terms of training opportunities and the construction of facilities such as the synthetic track and the Aquatic Centre which aided in making 2014 a successful one for the NSC.
The Director of Sports said it is the intent that with the installation of state-of-the-art and international standard facilities, that our athletes will be able train on a higher level which should see them reaching their full potential in their respective sport disciplines. Kumar said the Staff, Coaches and Organizers at the NSC did an excellent job in 2014 and with the same type of commitment things will get even better this year.
“In my life time I never expected to see an International Cricket Stadium or an International Standard Athletics track or Swimming Pool, but we have them now which will be of great benefit to our Athletes.”
Kumar admitted that the tardiness of Contractors was the biggest challenge for the NSC in getting them to complete contracts within the set timelines which largely contributed to delays in finishing the job on the Aquatic Centre and the Synthetic track.
“The completion of the warm-up pool in addition to the 50-meter pool now makes the Aquatic Centre a complete facility and was among the highlights of the year since it hosted several events and was utilized for training by several Swim clubs in addition to being used for recreational swimming and for exercise by various individuals,” Kumar added.
Kumar revealed that the Athletics track is almost fully completed with just the ‘accessories’ to be added and should be opened in the next few weeks and explained that while the Government was aware that most of Guyana’s top sprinters are from Georgetown and its environs, the availably of space was the main reason the track had to be constructed at Lenora.
“We wanted to merge GCC and GFC but that plan fell through leaving us with no alternative than to utilize the land in West Demerara. When we built the Stadium at Providence, many felt it was too far and while that might be true there was no space for such a facility in the City. And it’s the same with the track and even the Aquatic Centre,” Kumar explained.
On the issue of no Government official being at the airport when the victorious Ruby team arrived home, Kumar said when Guyana won the first title the NSC sent their bus at three in the morning to pick up the players who were afforded VIP treatment at the Airport but when they came back from Mexico they were never informed.
“President Peter Greene was celebrating the win and forgot to inform me or the NSC so we did not know they had arrived until the next day. He (Greene) admitted it was his fault. When people say we do nothing for sports it is not true. We have spent $700 million in developing grounds and venues throughout Guyana, we give the National Basketball team $3 million, the Ruby side got $1 million and they made us very proud by taking the NACRA title….so we are doing the best we can but one must understand …of course we should do more, but we operate with a budget,” Kumar retorted.
“On the non-access by the public, the various Sporting facilities, we have a system where a request for use of any Government controlled venue is sent to us. When they check our schedule to see if the venue is available at that time and how important is the event. Of course practice for National teams will take priority. In the case of the Racquet and Research Centre, commissioned last year and equipped with a comprehensive library of sports books and a computer centre, Students writing Physical Education at CXC can just walk in to do their research,” Kumar reminded.
“The NSC has 25 full time Coaches including two overseas International Coaches. Isabella is a Cuban Swimming Coach while Francisco, who is also from Cuba, is a Boxing Coach and both were brought in by the Government,” Kumar informed.
“We have Coaches for Swimming, Boxing, Table Tennis, Cycling, Football and Lawn Tennis to name a few of the Sports. If you take out Coaches like Hassan Mohammed from Cycling and Linden Johnson from Table Tennis, I believe those sports would die,” Kumar stated.
Kumar said that Johnson has been doing quality training with school children from all areas in Guyana and has also organised several tournaments. “In 2014 we did extremely well in Table Tennis and dominated at the IGG, beating both Suriname and French Guiana,” Kumar pointed out.
The long serving Government official stated that he was very impressed with the Cuban Swim Coach Isabella, who during the past year, along with other Coaches, trained 222 adolescents during the Easter and August holidays at the Colgrain pool in the City. Over 100 of the youngsters graduated and are now able to use the pool at the Aquatic Centre.
“This success was demonstrated by Guyana being able to win medals including Gold at the IGG. Guyana has also been improving at the Caribbean Goodwill Games where they were very competitive. If the club structure improves it would make the Swimmers more competitive locally and the overall standard will rise.”
He added that top IGG swimmer and Bishops High student Onika George did exceedingly well at the CXC Exams and that Brittany Van Lange who went to the Olympics, also attended Bishops.
“In 2013 Government brought in a trainer from the International Life Guard Association from Canada and last year 20 persons were trained with six of those being fully certified as International Life Guards. Before this, despite all the Resorts in Guyana there was not a single certified Life Guard here and this month 25 more will be trained by Patrick D’Alamada who is bringing with him Guyanese born Stuart Fraser who trains Life Guards in Jamaica,” Kumar added.
Kumar said the Guyana Squash team continues to dominate the Regional tournaments while 2014 was a good year for our athletics. “It was heartening to see us dominate the IGG in Athletics and our National Team’s performance at the Junior Carifta Games sparkled. Jason Yaw’s performance in the South American Youth Championship in Colombia was most amazing,” Kumar pointed out.
“We have a rich history of distance runners and with Government bringing in two professional athletic Coaches, expectations are high that Guyana will win Gold Medals Internationally as we look ahead to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
However, Athletic Clubs, Coaches and particularly Administrators will need to work together for the further development of our Athletes and it is imperative that the GAA produce a short, medium and long term development programme. It is very disappointing that the Boxing is the only association which has submitted such a programme,” Kumar lamented.
According to Kumar, another high point was the visit by USA indoor Hurdler Kristi Castlin, who in October conducted a 5-day workshop along with Jamaican Grace Jackson and Ato Boldon of T&T.
Kumar welcomed the Football Normalization Committee saying that this Committee seems dedicated to seeing Guyana’s Football develop.
“While these big-four Administrators are making a genuine effort to streamline the sport and put in place a very good Executive to administer Football, it seems as if the same old failures are looking to return to office. Football needs genuine Administrators. We also need to have strong clubs and good sub associations, while Football in schools and communities must be more competitive,” said.
Kumar praised Peter Abdool and his Executives for a good job as GBBC President but added that the Amateur Association must be better organised.
The Member of Parliament said that while Mohamed is vital to keeping Cycling alive the Cycling Federation is yet to produce a system where our National Cyclists ride as a team.
“Guyana must have club Championships and the Federation must develop different teams in various categories. We need strong under-15, U-19 teams in addition to an ‘A’ team and a senior team to inculcate the habit of riding as team,” Kumar suggested.
Guyana excelled in Basketball at the IGG while several players and Coaches attended the Caribbean Basketball Academy where they gained valuable experience and Kumar was high in praise for the Chris Bowman/NSC school’s Basketball programme and called for schools Basketball to be fully supported and encouraged around the country because it is the nursery and the reservoir for producing National players.
Kumar also praised the Guyana under-19 Volleyball team who played in the IGG and noted that President of the Volleyball Federation John Flores and Coach Levi Nedd for their work adding that Volleyball is doing well in Berbice and West Demerara.
International (Lawn) Tennis returned to Guyana after 30 years as the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA) participated in the IGG and served to increase the interest and momentum of professional tennis in Guyana.
Chess, Kumar said, is showing some degree of improvement but thinks there must be more students involved, adding that while the NSC’s training programme is producing Swimmers at school, the club structure is weak and not doing enough.
Kumar noted that Motor and Horse Racing is attracting large crowds but those sports needs better legislation, while praising the National Ruby and National Cricket teams for outstanding performances during the year.
He is of the opinion that because of their success at the International level the ‘Ruggers’ are well placed to cop the NSC Team of the year while the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) is a huge contender for Sports Association of the year.
Kumar feels that the installation of Flood Lights at the Albion ground was one of highlights of 2014 and should see Berbice getting more Regional Day/Night cricket.

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Silver lining in sight for Weightlifting – Deion Nurse

January 8, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 
Deion Nurse

Deion Nurse

By Franklin Wilson

It has not been smooth sailing or lifting for the sport of weightlifting in Guyana over the past four years with no competition being held as a result of a dearth of athletes.
The Guyana Amateur Weightlifting Association (GAWA) through its long standing Secretary Deion Nurse has been trying its utmost to focus on the development of young athletes and would have given the chance to a few to compete overseas despite not having any experience.
The names Darren Williams, Deniola Bristol and Sheriah Melville readily comes to mind as the athletes who would have donned national colours at the South American Youth Games in 2013 in Lima, Peru without any local experience.
This move according to Nurse was in keep with the forward thrust of the association which is still alive and that is to get the youths involved as they seek a rebirth of the sport.
Speaking with Kaieteur Sports yesterday, Nurse informed that the challenges continue for the association but they are working to ensure that the sport lifts off finally in 2015 with the assistance of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Pan American Weightlifting Federation (PAWF) and the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA).
Nurse, one of four qualified Level Three coaches in Guyana which is the highest level one can attain, shared that there isn’t a challenge with coaches.
“As a matter of fact, we have at least 25 trained and qualified Level One Coaches certified by the IWF. We also have another 2 at Level Two and four at Level Three.”
He is of the view that the time is right for a more sustained approach towards the revitalizing of the sport and they are encouraged by the assistance of the Guyana Olympic Association which has been exceptional despite their own challenges.
“The GOA, Pan American and world Bodies have all been in tune with what’s going on in Guyana and we intend to make this year the year when we see a real turn around for the sport. The PAWF through a development grant presented two weightlifting sets to the GAWA in May 2014 and we will be receiving five more sets from the IWF later this year.”
“So I believe that in terms of up to date equipment we will be right up there. Facilities have been a constant challenge for us and I am happy to say that there will be significant change in this area also this year.”
Nurse also disclosed that GAWA attended two international events in 2014, the Under-17 Pan American championships in Lima, Peru as well as the same entity’s Congress.
“Looking ahead to this year, I can inform you and Guyana that the GAWA is aiming to attend the World Youth championships that would be held in Lima, Peru, April 18 – 26. The Junior Pan American championships and Congress in Columbia, May 5 – 10 and the Senior World championships set for November 20 – 29 in Houston, Texas.”
GAWA will be working on doing programmes at the New Opportunity Corp, Kuru Kuru College as well as the Cyril Potter College of Education, Nurse noted.
He extended sincere gratitude to the President and Executive of the GOA for the continued faith they have been placing in the sport while also complimenting the PAWF and IWF for their continued show of confidence.
“We’ve endured some tough and challenging times but I am optimistic that 2015 will see positive change for the sport.”
The GAWA elections are slated to be held on or before February 28, this year.

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Incumbent Bess, to seek re-election at GABBFF AGM

January 8, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 
Keavon Bess

Keavon Bess

Guyana Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) President Keavon Bess will seek another term at the helm of the sport, he has led for the past three years. The federation will hold its Annual General Meeting and election of office bearers on January 24 next from 10:00hrs at Olympic House, High Street, Kingston.
Members at the last AGM in 2014 voted to extend the term of Office from one to two years. Bees informed that he has been encouraged to run again and after long deliberations, would be seeking another term at the helm.
The other current executive members are Hugh Ross (Vice President), Stacy McKinnon (General Secretary), Videsh Sookram (Organising Secretary) and Moressa Oscar (Treasurer).
Nominations for the relevant positions would be accepted from the floor on January 24.

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My New Year’s wish for Basketball in Guyana

January 7, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Dear Editor,
My 2015 wish for Guyana Basketball is for the stakeholders and shareholders to come together for the sole purpose of growing and developing this beautiful sport.
My Challenge to the Basketball Federation is to re-engage the heads of all basketball entities responsible for administrating, coaching & promoting this lovely sport with a goal of collectively agreeing on a common way forward. My Challenge to the sub-associations is to establish a framework that will ensure that rules, standards, transparency and integration are present in the administration of this lovely sport.
My Challenge to the Guyana Basketball Official Council is to get more young people involved particularly school students who are interested in being a part of this lovely sport.  Provide stipend for them to cover travel expenses and refreshments for games attended.  We need a bigger pool of officials (i.e. Referees- Table Officials).  An urgent need for statisticians to be available with software application equipped to provide full statistical coverage of games at half time and at the end.
We need to move away from the idea that fouls and points are the only stats needed for a game.  In addition to the above a game tape should be available by the official before the team’s next game. This cost should be transferred to the club requesting a copy.  It should also be noted that the game of basketball should not be perceived as an art but more of a science.
My Challenge to independent promoters of this lovely sport is to give back to the sport in the form of partnership/donations to various needs within the basketball fraternity.  My Challenge to the sport reporters is to promote pre and post game interviews with coaches and players. This method will see more comprehensive reporting as well more confident players and coaches.  My Challenge to the Coaching Association is to go into the schools and teach the game of basketball with the hope of inspiring more student athletes to want to become professional athletes and more well-rounded citizens.  Create a national code of conduct manual for players and coaches who wish to become players at the national level.
My Challenge to players is to ensure that you strike a balance between your education and the time spent studying or playing the game.  A basketball player that has an education has a far better chance of achieving his/her goals. Set goals and believe in them, also surround yourself with people who will push you to become better.
My Challenge to Sponsors is to invest into the sport with a strategic goal of partnering in developing this lovely sport. A donation is well received but we need sponsors to be at games to offer feedback and interact with fans. Gather information on the ground that will help provide a platform for your company.
Last but not least our fans, for without you the game would not be the same: continue to show support and demand from us higher standards of this lovely game called basketball.
In all our dealing let us be aggressive and respectful of each other in the pursuit of achieving our goal for 2015.
Kind regards,
Junior Andrew Hercules
President of Guyana Amateur Basketball Coaching Association

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GABBFF looking towards another pumped up year: 2014 was good

January 6, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

While it is regarded as one of the small sports in Guyana, it is a sport that every other sportsman and woman enjoy a little of since training of the muscles is vital to when it comes to keeping in shape and on top of your game.
The Guyana Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) signed off 2014 as another successful year having fulfilled its mandate locally, competition wise and were also able to have representatives at a number of competitions overseas. GABBFF President Keavon Bess summed up 2014 as successful for the federation.
The federation executive started 2014 by reaching out to its many gyms to bring them up to speed with its plans and programmes for the year and to also hear from gym members their views on the way forward for the sport.
Novices, which sees rookie competitors, was hosted on March 1st and Sylvester Andrews who has since been a fierce competitor among the senior athletes, outmuscled his rivals to emerge as the Overall Novices champion.
This was followed by the bi-annual Hugh Ross Classic competition on March 29, sanctioned by the GABBFF. Kerwyn Clarke staved off stiff competition to be crowned Mr. Hugh Ross Classic.
The federation and athletes next turned its attention to the body’s marquee event, the senior championships where the big boys and girls meet in an event sponsored by Fitness Express.
To a sold out audience at the Theatre Guild, Kingston, Kerwyn Clarke once again got the nod of the judges and was crowned Mr. Guyana to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is the number one bodybuilder in Guyana.
Based on performances at this event, the GABBFF set out to select its team for the Central American and Caribbean championships in Saint Martin in October. While the federation selected a number of athletes, the high cost of travel and visa restrictions resulted in the team being cut to just three locally based athletes.
CAC is the marquee event for Caribbean athletes and Guyana has been holding its own at this level especially in the lighter categories.
Bess noted that CAC was of high quality and the athletes were of a super pedigree but Guyana was able, through the heroics of Devon Davis to capture the gold medal in the Flyweight category for the third consecutive year.
“Davis’ achievement at CAC no doubt has been our high point for the year 2014. He has etched his name in the history books as one of the best in Guyana achieving a similar feat to Sylvan Gardner, another of our greats.”
Next up for the GABBFF was the selection of its team for the annual Darcy Beckles championships in the Land of the Flying Fish, Barbados. Whilst the Guyanese athletes were competitive they were unable to capture any medals.
“This could be regarded as a low point for us but a stepping stone for many athletes who tasted the international stage for the first time,” Bess noted.
The year came to a glowing end with the staging of another private competition sanctioned by the GABBFF, Flex Night International.
This event saw overseas athletes from Suriname (male & female) gracing the Cultural Stage in what was the largest amount of competitors seen onstage in Guyana. Despite Mr. Guyana Kerwyn Clarke not being on stage, the competition was fierce.
Emerging as the Overall winner and taking the biggest title of his fledgling career was Godfrey Stoby crowned Mr. Flex Night 2014.
2015 and Beyond
President Bess shared that the GABBFF has commenced preparations of legal documents for the purposes of Incorporating the GABBFF. The National Sports Commission (NSC) according to Bess has indicated that before any athlete’s application can be accepted for consideration for Sports Awards the umbrella association or federation must be registered and its fiscal year audited.
“For this reason the GABBFF was unable to host its year-end awards ceremony as was initially planned because of more important expenditures. Most importantly, with three consecutive gold medals at an international competition, the GABBFF sees it better suited to put our house in place so as to afford Mr. Devon Davis an opportunity to win Sportsman of the Year Award.”
Bess also noted that the involvement of more women in the sport has always been a top priority for the federation and they are hopeful that with the Gym craze that is currently occurring that more females see fitness and fitness competitions as a benefit to their daily lives and personal accomplishments.
“Miss Shawnell Warner has proven to be a fine female athlete and with the correct management she can do well on the regional and international stages in bikini and women’s fitness competitions. The GABBFF will continue to seek out other female athletes for its local and overseas competitions.”
Bess offered gratitude to the many sponsors who have continued to show faith in them as well as the many athletes they have supported throughout the year.
“We would like to recognize them all, even the many individuals who have contributed in their own small way. The many gyms that have seen it fit to ensure their athletes compete, to all we say thank you. With all necessary in house works completed we can all expect an even better year for bodybuilding and fitness sports in Guyana in 2015.”

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Veteran film director optimistic about local industry

January 6, 2015 | By | Filed Under News 

By Leon Suseran
Veteran actor, director, playwright and broadcaster, Ron Robinson is hopeful that Guyana’s film industry

Ron Robinson

Ron Robinson

can develop further in this New Year. Mr. Robinson, whose acting days began at the tender age of eight, believes we have to get more into films, “because we do have some very, very good actors.”
The major organizations that write, direct and act plays in Guyana are the Theatre Company, which Robinson himself founded in 1981. Over the years, a few Guyanese have managed to release short films as well, including eight released in 2011.
Some famous local plays Robinson has and directed over the years were Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’; ‘Wait until Dark’; Trevor Rhone’s ‘Smile Orange’; ‘Two can Play’; ‘Ten Little Indians’; ‘Sleuth’; ‘December’;  and his biggest production of the famous Biblical Musical, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. The latter had over 120 people on stage and back- stage in the 1980’s.
“That was big, big, big and I had a full steel orchestra in the pits of the National Cultural Centre.”  He also acted in numerous plays under the directorships of Andre Subryan and Al Creighton.
Ron, at age 8, would dab his face with white yachting boots cleaner and paint his lips red with his mother’s lipstick. “I looked like a clown and I went to the window and waited until some child saw me and said, ‘Look! Look! Look! A clown!’, and by the time the others looked up, I would duck!”
In no time at all, he had over 100 of his schoolmates in front of his Hadfield Street house waiting for the clown to emerge. He also did a lot of drama at Queen’s College. Ron started the Theatre Company in 1981, the first professional drama company in Guyana. He thought it was time for actors to get paid for their talent. “I had a dream that people could make acting a career and feed their families and themselves and survive.”

Guyanese actors (with Robinson) during the performance of play ‘Miriami’ at the National Cultural Centre in 1990

Guyanese actors (with Robinson) during the performance of play ‘Miriami’ at the National Cultural Centre in 1990

That organization, over the years, has done more than 100 productions, most of which saw Robinson as actor and/or Director. Today, his work centres on the Theatre Guild, producing and directing plays for that entity. It is a place that provides an environment to nurture the acting skills of many. “It’s a good amateur, but yet professionally amateur space…”
He said that the Theatre Company is feverishly working on the upcoming Link Show 31 this year. That show, he said, has become “an institution” in Guyana. Frank Pilgrim, whom he described as the “Godfather of satire in Guyana” was the man who motivated him to start the Link Show. Pilgrim did a show at the Guild called the ‘Brink Show’ set in a country called ‘Lootupia’, “and it was quite funny…and he coached me a lot in satire.”
Another one of his masterpieces is ‘No Big Thing’ aired for many, many years on radio as well as ‘Stretched out Magazine’ on the television. “And we started with very simple, basic equipment.”
When asked where the satirical ideas come from, Mr. Robinson identified his team of writers.
Robinson does believe that acting has a future. He is quite optimistic that the art of both film and stage is poised for development in the future. But he has a warning for film producers in Guyana. “For God’s sake, keep a standard…apply yourselves to the techniques and professional standards of film- making.”
Apart from acting and directing countless stage performances, Robinson’s voice is no strange sound to Guyanese as he is also a veteran in the radio broadcasting business, having given over 49 years to that facet of life.
When asked what has changed from then to now in broadcasting, Mr. Robinson said that today “we have allowed the tail to wag the dog, in that, we have ‘dancehall deejays’ doing radio and coming in to your homes, screaming at you, shouting at you, talking all the way, interrupting the music and so on—That’s not radio at all!”
The veteran broadcaster was quite passionate on that issue. “What is happening now is that there is too much of talk and too many times, the deejays on the radio prefer you to hear their voice on the radio than the music—they’re full of themselves—and we have to correct that and do it quickly.”
Among the names of some programmes Mr. Robinson has hosted over the last 49 years or so on radio were: Beat the Clock, Good Morning Guyana, Panorama, and today there is Ron’s Rendezvous.

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Lifeguard Certification Course to be conducted next month

January 5, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

By Sean Devers
Patrick D’Almada, Canadian Lifesaving Society Instructor/Trainer based in Toronto along with Stuart Fraser from the Jamaican Lifesaving Society – who are both Guyanese born, will be in Guyana from February 14 -20, to complete training and examination of Lifeguards locally.

Niall Roberts

Niall Roberts

Stephanie Fraser

Stephanie Fraser

According to the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) both Trainers will be giving their services free of cost and participants will only have to pay for their certificates and manuals. The pair will also give guidance on the formation of the Guyana Lifesaving Association.
The Lifesaving Society also known as “The Lifesaving Experts” is a national voluntary and charitable organisation which works to prevent drowning and water related injuries through its lifesaving, lifeguarding and leadership training programmes and Water Smart public education activities.
The first Lifesaving/Lifeguarding certification Course was done in February 2013 in collaboration with the National Sports Commission (NSC) and the Canadian Lifesaving Society. A total of 15 persons participated.
Six gained their International Lifeguard certification status, while nine gained their Bronze Medallion and/or Bronze Cross certification. Ewin Enmore, Stephanie Fraser, Avinash Ramraj, Niall Roberts, Tatiana Woodroffe, Damien Pilgrim and Morgan Richards were the local lifeguards certified by the Canadian Lifesaving Society and will be conducting training sessions at the National Aquatic Centre at Liliendaal on Tuesdays, Thursdays (6.00 – 8.00pm) and Saturdays (4.00 – 6.00pm) for this year’s participants towards the Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross courses in preparation for examination by D’Almada. The eight others gained Bronze medallion and Bronze Cross certification only.
Topics to be covered for Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross
 Courses: -
(a)    Make a Difference – Support Drowning Prevention (b) Self Rescue, (c) Rescue of Others, (d) First Aid – Recognise, Assess, Act, (e) First Aid – The Rescue Process, ABCs, (f) First Aid – Treatment of Injury or Illness, (g) Rescue Strokes and Skills (h) Physical Fitness and Lifesaving
Below is the proposed schedule for D’Almada and Stuart
Date                                                                 Topics
Saturday February 14   1:00 to 4:00 pm   SWIM and Lifesaving Instructor
Sunday    February 15   9:00am to 5:00pm   SWIM and Lifesaving Instructor
Monday   February 16   9:00am to 5:00pm   Bronze Medallion / Emergency First Aid
Tuesday   February 17   9:00am to 5:00pm   Bronze Medallion / Emergency First Aid
Wednesday   February 18   9:00am to 5:00pm   Bronze Cross / Standard First Aid
Thursday February 19   9:00am to 5:00pm   Bronze Cross /Standard First Aid
Friday      February   20   9:00am to 5:00pm   “                        “

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It takes a stupid person to know another stupid person

January 5, 2015 | By | Filed Under Letters 

Dear Editor,   
The Religious Community and Civic Organizations have a moral responsibility to add their voices in condemnation to the latest outburst of threats by another PPP leader against the people of Guyana.  These words by none other than the President of Guyana – Donald Ramotar against an ordinary citizen is unbecoming of a president and sets the scene for political violence so that the PPP can use its well-tested tool of fear and intimidation to bump up its electoral support.  But who will support the political bullies? The leader of APNU, Mr. David Granger is quite correct to rebuke the President for disrespecting the Amerindians and treating them as if they are not people, but animals.
As the PPP fights to keep the Rupununi region under its belt, they have resorted to the time tested PPP terrorist tools of personal intimidation against those who they think are their opponents.  Just like how the PPP treated the East Indians on Corentyne as being backward in the 1970s and 1980s, by using their well tested tools of threats and physical pressure on them; today those despised threats have switched to the Rupununi region where  poor public policies have resulted in high poverty levels in the Amerindian communities, thus causing the Amerindians to abandon the PPP in droves. The PPP cabal knows that they have lost the support of the Amerindians because of their mistreatment of them during the past twelve years.
Let the records show that the real victims of extreme poverty are the Amerindian people, not those in the PPP. These threats from the PPP leaders are nothing but unproductive and will be unsuccessful, since if they think the Amerindians and the people in general are stupid. The Freedom House gang is clearly misled. The Amerindians are reading the national newspapers, especially Kaieteur News and they are on social media so they are fully aware of the PPP propaganda, distortions and untruths. They will not vote for the PPP which has abused them over the years by treating them as second class citizens. They will not vote for the party of political bullies and for a president who has broken all his promises to them and has ignored their wishes. The Amerindians will not vote for the PPP which has abandoned them and for President Ramotar whose words have no weight in the grand scheme of things because he is being told what to do by the Jagdeoites.
More and more Amerindians and Guyanese on a whole will not support the PPP again in the next election because they have realized that they are getting poorer and friends, relatives and key supporters of the PPP leaders are getting richer at their expense. The Amerindians and Guyanese in general have recognized that there is a major “disconnect” between the general population and the Jagdeo/Ramotar cabal who do not care about the poor and the working class and who are too drunk with power to realize the hurt and frustration and they have brought on the people.
Let the PPP leaders know that the opposition, especially APNU is not stupid to launch into another wave of “slow-fiya, mo-fiya” which feeds into the PPP plan of burning and looting the stores in Regent Street to gain political mileage.  What APNU has been doing is to have small and disciplined demonstrations at targeted locations where everyone knows everyone, thus there is no room for the PPP agent provocateurs to burn and loot stores and rob and rape Indian women and then blame these atrocious acts on members of the opposition. The PPP is very evil and their terrorist plans have been exposed and the opposition and the people can read them like a text book. Simply put, APNU has trounced the deceitful PPP at its own game of spreading fear against blacks in the East Indian communities.
What is becoming very clear is that the PPP leaders are not interested in stopping violence or reducing crime against the people, since they are the main beneficiary of the perpetual crime wave and now these political acts of intimidations, such as the threats against the Amerindian Leaders by a senior PPP apparatchik in the Amerindian Affairs Ministry, Mr. Dharamlal, threats of violence against the Kaiateur News staff by the Attorney General and now the threat against an Amerindian man by none other than the PPP President – Mr. Ramotar.  When will these threats end and when will the PPP start respecting the first peoples of Guyana and stop treating them as second class citizens?
The PPP leaders continue to treat the Amerindians as being a group of docile people who must be told by the PPP officials what to do and what is good for them.
This is the reason why the President has called an Amerindian man stupid and allowed one of his presidential guards to slap another. But we want the president to know that it takes a stupid man to know another stupid man.  So who really is Guyana’s No. 1 stupid man?
Asquith Rose and Harish Singh

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Another successful year for Powerlifting

January 4, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

…Exco aiming for more success in 2015
Powerlifting in Guyana has continued its success story under the guidance of Peter Green and a committed

Peter Green

Peter Green

band of Executive members. Despite many challenges, the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting federation (GAPF) has continued to soar on the local, Caribbean, Regional and International scenes.
The GAPF began 2014 in fine style when their oldest competing athlete, the cool and calm
Winston Stoby was named the 2013 National Sports Commission Runner-up Sportsman of the year. The local strongmen and women also started the year as the reigning Caribbean and Regional Open Powerlifting Team Champions for 2013/14.
According to President Green, when compared to the outstanding years of 2009 – 2013, last year  could well be best characterized as very challenging with the Federation’s priority issues encompassing those at an administrative level, curtailing of international participation, total emphasis on regrouping with strict anti-doping awareness / education measures put in place for its lifters, sourcing of funding and reduction of financial debts incurred as a result of an anti-doping violation by one of its lifters in 2013.
Nevertheless, Green is of the view that as a result of a committed bunch of administrators, they have been able to weather the storm and continue its journey on the path to more success. Last year’s (2014) goals were revised and successfully achieved.
Participation in the Sport since its resuscitation in 2008 after many years in the doldrums, continues to enjoy steady if not spectacular growth with the GAPF successfully running off its five local

Winston Stoby

Winston Stoby

championships consisting of the Novices, Sub Juniors and Juniors (April); Intermediate and Claude Charles Memorial for Masters athletes (June) and the Senior National Open (November).
Many new and promising lifters made their debuts alongside of the more established lifters in both the male and female categories. Outstanding amongst these lifters for 2014 were Andrea Smith (57kg), Chloe Hunter (57kg) and Natoya Robinson 84+kg in the women’s categories.
Kevin Brijlall 59kg (Sub Juniors), Vijai Rahim 66kg (Juniors and Open), Roger Calendar 83kg (Open, Novices and Intermediate), Anis Ade Thomas 83kg (Open Seniors), Farouk Abdool 120kg (Open Seniors) and Guyana’s only world record holder / former World Champion Winston Stoby (Masters).
Internationally
The GAPF selected a six-man National Men’s Open team of mainly inexperienced lifters for the Caribbean Championships and they team performed beyond expectations by surprising the Nation with all the team members medaling.
Gold medalists were Osmond Mack (74kg), Germaine Snagg (83kg) and Dan Mariano (93kg). Silver medalists were Paul Adams (74kg), Karel Mars (105kg) and the lone bronze medalist,

Osmond Mack

Osmond Mack

Erwyn Smith in the 83kg class.
The athletes lifted with pride and determination and were outstandingly as they collectively and individually kept the Golden Arrow head flying despite relinquishing the team title to a strong eight-man Puerto Rico team to place second with the US Virgin Islands in third and Trinidad and Tobago fourth.
Guyanese Powerlifters continued to make their presence felt with records in various lifts in the various weight classes within the affiliated bodies headed by the International Powerlifting Federation being maintained or broken.
Current listed International Record Holders (Equipped Powerlifting):
International Powerlifting
World Men Masters Category two – 74kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby Deadlift 277.5kgs;
Commonwealth Powerlifting
Men’s Sub Junior category – 53kg weight class Gumendra Shewdas squat 192.5kg, deadlift 207.5kg, total 497.5kg;
Men Junior Category – Gumendra Shewdas deadlift 207.5kg;
Men Masters category one – 74kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby deadlift 277.5kg;
Men Masters Category two – 74kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby squat 255kg, deadlift 277.5kg and total 667.5kg;
South American Powerlifting
Men Open category – 83kg weight class Randolph Morgan deadlift 330kgs;
Sub Junior category – 53kg weight class Gumendra Shewdas squat 192.5kg, Deadlift 207.5kgs, total 497.5kgs;
Masters One category – 120kg weight class John Edwards squat 220kgs;
74kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby deadlift 277.5kgs;
Masters Two category – 74kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby squat 255kgs, deadlift 277.5kgs, total 667.5kgs;
Caribbean Powerlifting
Women Open category – 84+kg weight class Dawn Barker squat 240kgs;
Men’s Junior category – 53kg weight class Gumendra Shewdas squat 192.5kg, Bench 77.50kg, Deadlift 207.5kg and Total 497.5kg;
66kg weight class Vijai Rahim squat 250kg, Deadlift 250kg, Total 627.5kg;
83kg weight class Anis Ade Thomas squat 252.5kg, Deadlift 292.5kg, Total 672.5kg;
105kg weight class Kenneth Melville Squat 282.5kg, Bench 155kg, Deadlift 257.5kg, Total 695kg
Men Open Category
59kg weight class Vijai Rahim Deadlift 225kg;
66kg weight class Vijai Rahim squat 250kg, Deadlift 250kg, Total 627.5kg;
74kg weight class Osmond Mack squat 255kg;
74kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby deadlift 267.5kg Total 645.5kg;
83kg weight class Randolph Morgan squat 300, Bench 220kg, Deadlift 330kg, Total 837.5kg;
Men Masters One Category
74kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby squat 255kg, Bench 137.5kg, deadlift 277.5kg Total 670kg;
120kg weight class John Edwards squat 350kg, bench 220kg, Total 860kg;
Men Masters two category
74kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby squat 255kg, Bench 137.5kg, deadlift 277.5kg Total 670kg;
83kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby squat 255kg, Bench 137.5kg, deadlift 277.5kg Total 670kg;
93kg weight class Errol Henry deadlift 242.5kg;
Success in any sport be it at the athlete or administrative level owes a lot to the support of the corporate community, government and individuals. The GAPF would like to recognize all those who would have contributed in their own way towards the continued success of the body.
Those coming in for high praise are Fitness Express, United Mega Store, Trophy Stall, Ansa McAl, Government of Guyana through the Ministry of Sports and the National Sports Commission and a number of individuals all combining to help sustain the sport during 2014 and for this President Green says the federation and its membership remains eternally grateful and hope it will continue in 2015.
Projection for 2015
With the planned introduction this year of two events of the fast growing and popular sport of RAW (Unequipped), powerlifting is expected to see an anticipated greater turn out in numbers by both male and females.
Simultaneously the commencement of the training for a group of blind and visually impaired male lifters from the Blind Society in January will see the sport truly representative of all ages as well as athletes with disabilities paving the way for others to have the opportunity to attain eventual qualification and participation at the Special Olympics and World Blind Championships.
Growth inevitably leads towards increased demands for additional equipment and a base of operations of which the GAPF is currently devoid. With the international recognition now being enjoyed through the achievements of the lifters as well as the excellent working relationships established with the IPF (International Powerlifting Federation), NAPF (North American Powerlifting Federation), CPF (Commonwealth Powerlifting Federation) and the FESUPO (South American Powerlifting Federation), Green says that it is anticipated that the Ministry of Sport will soon be releasing three additional sets of complete Powerlifting equipment to reinforce the federation’s ability to host International events at home allowing not only the sport but the hospitality sector to benefit and grow via Sports Tourism through the influx of international competitors, supporters and accompanying media.
Guyana is set to host the Caribbean Championships in late March.
Green, who has been serving as President of the GAPF since 2008, says he feels honored to have been at the helm whilst guiding the body to its many outstanding achievements and accomplishments as well as challenges.
He is of the view that much more needs to be done as the federation strives to ensure there is no repeat of the negativity from the anti-doping issues. He took the opportunity to wish his fellow executive members, gyms, athletes, supporters and well-wishers a Blessed 2015.

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Book Review…Timeless lessons wrapped in Patois

January 4, 2015 | By | Filed Under Book Review…, Features / Columnists 

Book:  Mek Wi Laugh & Talk: An Anthology of Jamaican Poems
Author: Donna Hart
Reviewer: Dr Glenville Ashby
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In Donna Hart’s Mek Wi Laugh & Talk: An Anthology of Jamaican Poems, readers are in for an unrepentant dose of counsel and discourse on right living and a clarion call for a more God-centered life. This is as serious as it gets. But Hart’s work is not totally stripped of levity. Nostalgic musings and the rekindling of yesteryear can ease the most wrenching pain. And Hart delivers the right antidote. ‘College Day,’ ‘Wen mi was a chile,’ ‘Di quak dentist,’ and ‘Di duppy unda mannas,’ reveal the witty and lighter side of Hart. The-book-cover-of-Mek-Wi-Laugh-and-Talk
Mek Wi Laugh & Talk is laden with patois, a linguistic hurdle that is surmounted with the aid of a glossary. It is written in a laissez-faire, pedestrian style that addresses key personal and social issues without a tinge of academic or theological depth. This is a fluidly authentic undertaking, heart-felt and spontaneous. Hart addresses economic issues, beckoning her fellow nationals to resist a life that is dependent on credit. In ‘Foreclosure,’ she writes, “But like evryting else, all good tings mus come to a en, Soh mi a save mi money fi buy a ouse cash, soh mi woan hear bout foreclosure again.”
Hart has so much more to share when it comes to social issues. She takes men to task for shunning their patriarchal responsibility. “When yuh tun a Fada to yuh pickney, Yuh help fi keep di peace Fah some a di fadaless pickney dem, tun criminal at lease,” she pens in ‘Dead-Beat Man.’
In ‘Generation Curse,’ she lectures, warning the offspring of failed parenthood. “Watevah soh terrible bout yuh family pass, Yuh noh haffi walk dat road, Bruck di curse mi sista an bredda, Doan carry dat evy load.”
Hart unabashedly raises issues best swept under the carpet and is at her best with the biting, ‘Lef Married Man Alone.’ With words ringing true, she warns women, “Di mose married man can doh fi yuh Is tek yuh fi a ride, As night follow day mi sure, mi chile, Yuh wi neva tun him bride.” On this matter, she is relentless. “Wen Valentine Day ar New Years Eve, Dem is nowhere to be found, Dat time yuk lick yuh woon, Like wen puss an dog a moan.”
She assumes the role of social commentator, prophet, sage and provocateur. She punctuates and seals her admonitions with “I have been there,” as she ropes in readers, pricking their conscience at every opportunity.
Steeped in religious beliefs, Hart raises the bar on integrity and ethics, and proves compelling. ‘Learn Fi Prophesy’ is evangelical, riveting and inspiring. She snatches the clerical gavel from so-called leaders and hands it to the people. Her words resound, empowering those who take heed. “Prophesy positive tings ova yuhself, An seh weh yuh waan tun….Prophesy ova yuh pickney next…prophesy ova yuh community…Prophesy ova yuh islan…prophesy over poverty…”
In ‘Mi Puppa God,’ her supplications conjure the spirit of the Psalms. “Mi shepherd wen Him lead mi, In green pasture all di wile, Mi motivata wen mi feeling down. Mi encouraja fi goh di extra mile. Mi anchor wen mi need stability. Fi guide mi pan mi way. My Saviour wen mi need a fren. An all mi debt Him pay…”
And taking a page from Martin Luther King, Jr., she writes in ‘I have a Dream,’  “Mi dream seh wan day some people Naa goh Mek drugs an alcohol control dem life But dem wi fine a way out so dem tun good husban an wife…Mi dream seh wan day di prison dem Wi be empty as can be, An all who doh wrang ah goh tap I Soh wu can finally live in peace…”
Admittedly, there are banal, even controversial poems, especially those that hail Canada, the US and Great Britain as benefactors of her people and region. But she manages to quiet any rumbling with the wholesomeness of her work. Moreover, she reopens the discussion on the standardization, significance and procurement of a vernacular that is yet to be fully appreciated and embraced. Solely on that basis, Hart’s offering is nothing short of brilliant.

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Mek Wi Laugh & Talk: An Anthology of Jamaican Poems by Donna Hart 2014
Publisher: Eagle Soar Publishing
ISBN: -13 978-0-69-225909-2
Available: amazon.com
Rating: Recommended

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Seven months later Maximum Sports continues to deliver

January 1, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

He is a proficient 2nd degree Black Belt martial artist and just seven months ago, Max Massiah

Max Massiah

Max Massiah

ventured into television broadcasting and launched ‘Maximum Sports.’ He is ably assisted by Patrick Chanderbhan on the one hour programme, broadcast on National Communication Network, Channel 11 (Channel 15 in Berbice) on Fridays at 21:00hrs and aims to promote the various combat and strength sports disciplines thus creating awareness and appreciation for them.
Now seven months and thirty one editions later, Mr. Massiah reflects on the benefits derived from the programme, while setting the tone for the succeeding year.  He gushes with pride while disclosing that though he operates on a meagre budget, he has been able to host all of the disciplines under whose purview the programme transmits.
“My initial aim was to create a platform where the principals of each discipline could have graced the show and highlight the pros and cons of their area, create a high interest level while simplifying the intricacies of the sport for the uninitiated,” explained Mr Massiah during an informal chat with Kaieteur Sport. He said that he was concerned that the Guyanese sports public was not aware of these intricacies and such ignorance impacted poorly on the development of the disciplines.
To this extent, Maximum Sports has entertained the presence of several high profiled individuals from the various disciplines including the highly renowned Master Frank Woon-a-Tai, Chairman of the International Karate Daigaku, Mr Universe, Hugh Ross, world rated boxer, Clive Atwell and Professional USA Bodybuilder, Jeff Beckham among others. The programme has also hosted representatives from the Guyana Boxing Board of Control, Guyana Karate College, Mix Martial Arts Association, Flex Night Inc, Guyana Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, Guyana Boxing Association, the Guyana Rugby Football Union, the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation and the Jaguar School of Combat among other entities.
As the new year dawns, Max, as he is familiarly called, plans to host the chief instructors of the many martial arts schools to add their voices to the debate that the sport is indeed one that can be considered a microcosm of life. This programme will be aired tomorrow night and Max advises his viewers to be at their television sets to gather a pictorial and verbal perspective of the noble sport.
He wishes to thank the ardent viewers who, over the months, have tuned in to the programme and at times called in to express their views or seek clarity on issues. Max is also grateful to members of the corporate community that has contributed by way of sponsorship. “This is the oxygen of the programmes and I would be erring if I ignore such input,” he said.
Those sponsors/entities include Caricom Group of Companies, Fitness Express, Terminex Pest Control, Marics and Company Ltd (Jailing), Jermin’s Enterprise, Comfort Sleep, Ganesh Parts and General Store, Guyana Karate College, Interline Fitness Gym, West Indian Sports Complex, Evil Eyes Electronics and General Merchandise, Gordon’s Stationery and Copy Centre, A Ally and Sons and Demerara Bank Ltd.

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Basketball enjoyed its most productive season in last decade

January 1, 2015 | By | Filed Under Sports 

- NSC, YBG, GOA were biggest challenges of 2014

By Edison Jefford
Against the background of returning both male and female teams to the Caribbean Championship

Akeem Kanhai was a breakthrough player in 2014 for Ravens, showing his all-round maturity to help Ravens become the best club in Guyana.

Akeem Kanhai was a breakthrough player in 2014 for Ravens, showing his all-round maturity to help Ravens become the best club in Guyana.

that helped secure a full basketball scholarship for female prodigy, Ginelle Ifill, and a robust sub-association in Georgetown, local basketball enjoyed its most productive season in the last decade owed largely to its new leadership.
Under the stewardship of businessman and finance expert, Nigel Hinds, the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has engineered a path for future development with its excellent performance in 2014 albeit the systemic challenges.
The federation announced its presence earlier in the year with a ‘Mecca Eliminator Series’ that featured over 12 emerging clubs from across Guyana, playing for a place among the top seeded teams from Linden and Georgetown for the National Club Championship.
Following the Eliminator Series, the GABF bounced into action again with its ‘Road to Mecca’ National Club Championships, ‘Mecca’ being the epithet for the hub of local basketball, the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
It marked the historic hosting of the first ever National Basketball Club Championship in Guyana and gave a true reflection of basketball talents across the country. Ravens Basketball Club won it all when they won the title and rights to be called the best club in Guyana.
The National Club Championships was an extensive competition, which saw the last eight teams all receiving prize monies. Following that event, GABF hosted an All-Star

Ravens showed in 2014 why they won the National Club Championships, they went on to win every title they contested last year for an unbeaten Championship record.

Ravens showed in 2014 why they won the National Club Championships, they went on to win every title they contested last year for an unbeaten Championship record.

Game that featured an energised Ravens against a combined ‘best of the rest’. Ravens underlined their quality when just a point separated the two teams in an entertaining showdown.
The national federation also hosted the Media against the Diplomatic Corps, as well as an Inter sub-association competition among Berbice, Georgetown and Linden, which was another historic event, given that such a contest was not held in over a decade.
The GABF continued to roll out its robust 2014 Programme when it had full gender participation at the 2014 Caribbean Championship, July-August, in the British Virgin Islands. National Club’s Championship was held to select the national team to represent Guyana at the Caribbean C/ships in Tortola, BVI.
The GABF Executives with support from some corporate entities funded Guyana’s participation to CBC with full male and female teams to the tune of US$15,000. Guyana had not had both of its teams’ participation in 18 years, finishing fifth among the men and creating an opportunity for the talented Ifill to be spotted in the female competition.
In addition, the GABF funded two referees Rawle Toney and Sherwin Henry for an

Team Guyana that participated in the 2014 Caribbean Championships in Tortola, BVI.

Team Guyana that participated in the 2014 Caribbean Championships in Tortola, BVI.

International Basketball Federation (FIBA) certification programme in the Cayman Islands. Henry succeeded, and is currently the only FIBA certified referee in Guyana.
In the last quarter, the federation also bounced off its Schools’ Exchange Programme among St. Stanislaus College, Bishop’s High School and President’s College. It was the federation’s method of ensuring basketball is played under its watch at all levels.
Meanwhile, while basketball in Georgetown was proliferated at an impressive rate with Michael Singh wrapping up his first term at Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) Head, the same cannot be said for Linden.
In Georgetown, Singh completed Division I, II and III tournaments in 2014, including the GABA Trifecta Tournament that had all three Divisions playing at once; there was an Inter-Corporation, Pepsi Sonics Under-23, Pepsi Sonics U-14 Academy and Phillip George Legacy tournament also played in Georgetown.
Comparatively, in the other largest basketball-playing community, Linden’s Amateur Basketball Association (LABA), Victory Valley Royals held their annual schools’ tournament and their 20th Anniversary competition and BOSAI had an Inter-Department event.
The Linden sub-association is yet to host a tournament for 2014. The LABA President, Haslyn Graham has been engaged in work commitments, leaving his Secretary, Joseph Chapman to run amok with the affairs of the Linden sub-association.
In Berbice, the GABF provided support for Vibert Garret, who hosted an Anamayah Memorial Division I and Legend Division I competitions. Garret has also received the support of GABF to host an upcoming Banks DIH Division I Championships.
The GABF also provided sanction for Sports Management Inc. Mecca to McKenzie, which was a return fixture to Linden for the Final Four of the National Club Championships; Mackeson’s 3×3 Basketball Championships also received GABF sanction.
Most notably, the federation nominated and supported Patrick Haynes, who was elected to FIBA Management Committee. The election of the Guyanese was a landmark achievement that augurs well for the development of basketball in Guyana.
Challenges
The first major challenge for the new GABF administration emerged in them trying to sources all the funds to send full teams to the CBC Championships in Tortola. The federation still managed to send the teams without support from the Government and other major stakeholders despite the Office of the President contribution.
The GABF was forced to literally fight with Director of Sport, Neil Kumar for practice time for a national team at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. This writer joined the call to Kumar in an article to stop using the Sports Hall as if it is his own facility.
The male national team then faced a roster problem in Tortola when Gordon Klaiber was deemed ineligible after travelling from Japan to join the team. The CBC was of the view that Klaiber did not claim his nationality before its stipulated age limit. The GABF fought the caveat at the FIBA level and won after proving the rule cannot apply to a Guyana-born player.
More controversy erupted in Tortola when several senior players defied an edict from the team’s management to return the team uniforms. Those players were subsequently fined and banned, but several of them have since returned the uniforms or paid their fines.
The authority of the federation was flouted when Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) refused to get the necessary sanction to run its programmes. The Kumar-backed YBG continues to believe that it does not require the requisite sanction from the GABF to run its programmes. The GABF is the governing body for all basketball in Guyana.
Finally, the federation bemoaned the lack of recognition at a Guyana Olympic Association award ceremony in December for what it called an “exemplary year”.  “It does appear to be some major oversight on the part of the GOA to not recognize the efforts of the GABF, as is done for Netball and Hockey among others,” the federation said in a statement.
Early 2015 Projections
The GABF has registered Guyana’s male and female teams to participate in the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), paying the requisite US$1000 per team as a result ensuring participation.
The Federation will also host Road to Mecca II early in 2015 as a means of selecting the national team that will play Bermuda and the Washington D.C Jammers in Guyana in March. The robust first quarter of 2015 is geared toward preparing the national teams for CBC in hope that Guyana can improve its overall performance.

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GAPF 2015 season to lift off on January 25

December 31, 2014 | By | Filed Under Sports 

- Novices, Sub Junior and Junior Championships on
Male and female powerlifters are pumping up for an early start to the 2015 season. The governing body, Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) in a release has announced that competition will get underway on January 25 with three competitions at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.gapf fc
The Novices, Sub Junior and Junior Championships will all be contested and this early start according to the GAPF is to facilitate the selection of Guyana’s male and female Sub Junior / Junior as well as female open lifters for the upcoming Caribbean Powerlifting Championships slated for Guyana from March 19 – 22, next. Guyana last hosted these championships in March 2010 at the Princess Hotel.
The ladies novice category will enjoy automatic entry into the women’s team pending satisfactory performances, the federation informed. Female lifters who missed the senior competition this year are also being invited as guest lifters with a view to selection as the GAPF makes an unprecedented attempt to capture all team titles that will be at stake at the Caribbean championships.
Entry Registrations should be sent in to PRO / Organizing Secretary Mr. Paul Adams or Vice President Mr. John Edwards at the Federation’s headquarters, North Road, Lacytown no later than January 19, 2015.
Meanwhile, following are the preliminary nominations to the respective national teams selected to date.
National Men Open             National Women’s Open
59kg – Kevin Brijlall             57kg – Chloe Hunter
66kg – Vijai Rahim            57kg – Andrea Smith
74kg – Osmond Mack            84kg – Kimberley Mars Loncke
74kg – Winston Stoby            84+kg – Natoya Robinson
83kg – Anis Ade Thomas
83kg – Germaine Snagg
93kg – Marino Jeffrey
105kg – Karel Mars
120kg – Farouk Abdool
120+kg – Rondell Clementson
Sub Juniors, Juniors and the Masters teams will be announced following the conclusion of the January competitions.
Current Guyanese Caribbean Record Holders
Women Open category
84+kg weight class Dawn Barker – Squat 240kgs
Men Junior category
53kg weight class Gumendra Shewdas  – Squat 192.5kg, Bench Press 77.50kg, Deadlift 207.5kg and Total 497.5kg
66kg weight class Vijai Rahim – Squat 250kg, Deadlift 250kg, Total 627.5kg
83kg weight class Anis Ade Thomas – Squat 252.5kg, Deadlift 292.5kg, Total 672.5kg
105kg weight class Kenneth Melville – Squat 282.5kg, Bench 155kg, Deadlift 257.5kg, Total 695kg
Men Open Category
59kg weight class Vijai Rahim – Deadlift 225kg
66kg weight class Vijai Rahim – Squat 250kg, Deadlift 250kg, Total 627.5kg
74kg weight class Osmond Mack – Squat 255kg
74kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby – Deadlift 267.5kg Total 645.5kg
83kg weight class Randolph Morgan – Squat 300kg, Bench 220kg, Deadlift 330kg, Total 837.5kg
Men Masters One Category
74kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby – Squat 255kg, Bench 137.5kg, deadlift 277.5kg Total 670kg
120kg weight class John Edwards – Squat 350kg, bench 220kg, Total 860kg
Men Masters two category
74kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby – Squat 255kg, Bench 137.5kg, deadlift 277.5kg Total 670kg
83kg weight class Winston Frank Stoby – Squat 255kg, Bench 137.5kg, deadlift 277.5kg Total 670kg
93kg weight class Errol Henry – Deadlift 242.5kg

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ASATT Trinidad Swimming Championship… Simmons, Grant, Hussein and Boys 8 and Under Relay Team win medals in Trinidad

December 21, 2014 | By | Filed Under Sports 

Fifteen local swimmers from the Dorado Speed Swim Club, Orca Swim Club and the Silver Shark Swim Club competed at the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) Club Invitational Swim Meet held from December 11 – 14, 2014 at the Marlins Swim Pool situated at St. Anthony’s College Grounds, Westmoorings. The Guyanese returned home with nine medals.
The annual Long Course 50m Inter-Club swimming championship, which marks the beginning of the Trinidad long course season, was sanctioned by the World Governing Body FINA thus results attained at this meet can be used as FINA qualifying times for International championships in 2015.
Further, the results will earn participants FINA ranking points which allow swimmers to attain a world ranking.  A total of 34 clubs from Jamaica, Barbados, Florida (USA), St. Lucia, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, and host Trinidad and Tobago participated.
The Guyanese contingent returned with a total of 9 medals.
Amy Grant swam a personal best time in the 1500m freestyle where she took Gold to break her own National Record which was 27:58:00 setting a new Long Course time of 24:44:69. She also shattered the Guyana Long Course 50m Butterfly Record which was held by Onika George with a time of 37:31 stamping her name in the Record Book once again with a time of 34:52.
The participating swimmers were well supported by the Guyanese delegation comprising of six parents, two coaches and a manager. The coaches were Stephanie Fraser (head coach) and Tatiana Woodroffe (assistant coach) and the manager was Ms. Dawn Noel.
The team expressed thanks to the following sponsors for making this trip possible:
John Fernandes Ltd, Guyana Oil Company, C & V Shipping, P & P Insurance Brokers, CCS Guyana Ltd, Mr. Orlando Rogers, Movement Auto Rentals & Bus Service, Rawle & Dwight Ferguson, Chanel 72, Jiffy lube, Ramchand Auto Sales and Banks DIH.
Amy Grant was sponsored by her uncle Eddy Grant.
Here are the results of the Guyanese top performers:
Soroya Simmons (Girls 15 years and over) topped the medal standing with 5 medals, they were:
800 M Freestyle        (10:51:28; entry time 11:41:30)      – Silver medal
1500M Freestyle      (20:49:97; entry time 21:10:00)      – Bronze medal
200M Backstroke     (2:46:98; entry time 2:39:03)          – Silver medal
100 Backstroke         (1:15:19; entry time 1:13:710         – Silver medal
200M Freestyle         (2:24:42; entry time 2:23:61)          – Bronze medal
Amy Grant (Girls 11 – 12)
1500M Freestyle      (24:44:69)                                          – Gold Medal
Antonio Hussein  (Boys 11 – 12)
50M Freestyle           (28:15) CARIFTA -C time               – Bronze Medal
Raekwon Noel, Ethan Gonsalves, Elliott Gonsalves, Vladimir Woodroffe (Boys 8 and Under)
4 x 50M Freestyle Relay     (3:04:69)                                – Silver Medal
Raekwon Noel, Ethan Gonsalves, Elliott Gonsalves, Vladimir Woodroffe (Boys 8 and Under)
4 x 50M Medley Relay         (3:34:30)                                – Silver Medal

Pics – Amy Grant and Raekwon Noel, Antonio Hussein, Soroya Simmons (at left crop)

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Pepsi/GBA U-16 boxing tournament…Kevin Allicock, Shaquancy Wright clinch prestigious honours

December 16, 2014 | By | Filed Under Sports 

A sustained two fisted attack by Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) representative,

Kevin Allicock (R) seen on the attack while Shaquile Wright dances out of range.

Kevin Allicock (R) seen on the attack while Shaquile Wright dances out of range.

Kevin Allicock, earned him a majority points decision over Shaquille Wright of the Essequibo Boxing Gym (EBG) and the 100-104lbs title when they clashed in the Pepsi/GBA U-16 boxing tournament at the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis Boxing Gym, Independence Boulevard, last Sunday afternoon.  For his efforts, Allicock was also adjudged the Best Boxer, while Shaquancy Wright (EBG) received a special award for being the boxer with the best potential. He had earlier defeated Kevin Mullings (HE) in their 60-64lbs bout.
The two boxers comprised a part of the 9 bout card which represented the final edition of the DDL sponsored programme for the fiscal year.
DDL Marketing Representative, Larry Wills was present and later said that he thoroughly enjoyed the proceedings. He lauded the boxers for their action packed performances and said that it was such dedication that encouraged the executives of his company to continue supporting the youngsters in their bid to succeed in the sport.
President of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) and Committee Member of the International amateur Boxing Association (AIBA), Steve Ninvalle, also graced the function and reiterated his gratitude to the beverage company for their support. He was also impressed with the standard of boxing and urged the youngsters to continue training to attain the highest standard. He assured them that his executive will do all within its power to create opportunities to facilitate their continued development.
The results of yesterday proceedings also witnessed Gerald Williams (EBG) winning from Moses Oxford

Steve Ninvalle (extreme R) and Larry Wills (extreme L) join the boxers shortly after the final bell had sounded.

Steve Ninvalle (extreme R) and Larry Wills (extreme L) join the boxers shortly after the final bell had sounded.

(HE) in the 55-59lbs division, while Jakeel Cadogan (HE) conceded a walk over to his gym mate, Leon Moore (jnr) in the 65-69lbs class. Isaiah Moore (HE) defeated his gym mate, Kevon Mulling to take the 85-89lbs title moments before Deshon Allicock (EBG) outpointed his gym mate, Stevie DoPrado (EBG) in the 115-119lbs division. Quincy Boyce (GDF) and Akeem Mounter (EBG) brought the curtains down with an action packed exhibition bout.

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Williamson is Guyana’s new super/bantamweight champion but Allicock cries foul

December 15, 2014 | By | Filed Under Sports 

By Michael Benjamin
Dilan Allicock turned in a commendable display but after twelve rounds of fistic fury, failed to get the nod of the judges when he squared off with Berbician, Richard Williamson for the local super/bantamweight championship at the Area ‘H’ Ground, Rosehall, Berbice, last Saturday evening.
The fight was the main attraction of a three bouts card organized by Thom’s Promotions which also witnessed two other slugfests where Revlon Lake dished out a severe licking to Kishawn Simon that left his face a bloody mess thus earning the former pugilists a lopsided majority verdict, while Derick Richmond overcame James Walcott for the second time in twelve months to win a unanimous verdict in their 6 rounds super/middleweight shindig.

Allicock (right) covers up as Williamson attacks his mid section.

Allicock (right) covers up as Williamson attacks his mid section.

Fighting out of a southpaw style, Allicock entered the first round of the championship fight aggressively, pumping a stiff right jab into his opponent’s face that kept him at bay. The exchanges were light but Williamson stayed in the fight with crisp one two combinations near the end that delighted the small but appreciative crowd.
The two boxers continued to exchange punches into the second round but Williamson surged ahead after landing a stern one two combination to an advancing Allicock just before the bell. Both boxers warmed to the task in the third stanza and Allicock became more aggressive, swinging as he stepped forward. Not to be outdone, Williamson stood his ground and retaliated with several stiff offerings.
The action really picked up in the 4th round with Allicock attacking relentlessly. Williamson got on his bicycle and danced out of range before sliding back in to land a one two combination. Thereafter, fortunes fluctuated with both pugilists enjoying good moments.
Allicock seemed to have found new energy in the 5th round and really lashed out with crosses and hooks while Williamson sought refuge behind highly held guards. The Berbician changed tactics in the 6th round and climbed on his bicycle pumping stiff jabs into his opponent’s face. Not to be deterred, Allicock pressed on and unleashed a sustained body attack on his opponent that pushed him to the ropes in the blue corner where Allicock had a field day.
The experts label the latter round of a 12 rounds fight as the championship rounds; when legs and arms are tired and the boxers are required to dig deep. When the bell rung to start the seventh round, Allicock dug deep and came up with several telling punches that rocked his man. The two fighters then engaged in close combat and a wrestling match ensued before the referee tore them apart. When the bell sounded both fighters stood toe to toe in a wicked exchange that had the small crowd screaming in delight.
Williamson showed the effects of Allicock’s attacks early in the 8th round when his knees buckled from a two fisted attack but recovered admirably to land a few punches of his own to stay in contention.
Fortunes swayed in the final four rounds with both pugilists battling ferociously to impress the judges. A keen toe to toe battle ensued in the eleventh round as punches rained down from both ends and paved the way for a highly anticipated battle in the final round. The boxers did not disappoint and met each other head on in centre ring. Few saw a punch but suddenly, Allicock was on the canvass and the referee instituted a mandatory 8 count. Really, it was a sneak punch and hardly anyone, including this writer, could have assertively pronounced on it; the deduction shifted the scorecard slightly.
Allicock’s body language suggested that the referee had erred and on resumption, attempted to recoup the point with a valiant two fisted attack up to the bell where he started a mini celebration; the judges’ scores bore a different reflection; Francis Abraham, Eion Jardine and Trevor Arno all scored the bout 117-111, in favour of Williamson which was vociferously debunked by team Allicock.
“I don’t know which fight those judges were looking at, I totally outboxed him, this is highway robbery,” a dejected Allicock pronounced after the decision.
Berbician, Kishawn Simon, also felt that he was ‘done in’ after the judges ruled in favour of Revlon Lake in their eight rounds jnr/welterweight encounter. While he felt he had an iron clad case for review, his countenance relayed a different story. Large welts decorated his face compliments of vicious punches thrown with unerring accuracy by Lake. The Barbados based Lake is just off a loss in Trinidad and Tobago, to Prince Lee Isidore but proved that he is indeed made of sterner stuff when he literally outpunched Simon to gain the nod on all three judges scorecard.
James Walcott, also a substitute for Romeo Norville, turned in an improved performance compared to his last clash with Derick Richmond but just could not find his rhythm or his opponent’s Achilles heel to reverse his fortunes in their eight rounds jnr/welterweight encounter. To his credit, though, Walcott did present some problems for Richmond and also had him on the back foot on several occasions.
Two amateur exhibition bouts also supplement the card and witnessed Junior Kesney and Colin Hinds, both of Rosehall Jammers, entertaining the crowd with a commendable performance while Jamal Eastman barred fists with Tyronne Lashley in a crowd pleasing affair.
Several corporate entities supported the promoter’s efforts including Castle Hotel of New Amsterdam, Luxury Flats and Apartments, Fifth Street Alberttown, Georgetown, Jeansville Hideout, Rosehall Town, Mohammed Construction, Lusignan ECD, Leisure Inn, August Beverage and Unicom Cement.

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Black Sharks maul Rose Hall Jammers in Banks DIH Classic Basketball tourney

December 13, 2014 | By | Filed Under Sports 

When the whistle sounded to begin the first game of the Banks DIH Classic Basketball tournament in Berbice a new initiative was in place which saw the timing clock, which was presented to the Berbice Basketball Association (BBA) by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), being in use.
The opening game, which was contested on Wednesday at the Area ‘H’ Basketball Court in Rose Hall Town, saw Black Sharks of Fyrish putting their opponents, Rose Hall Town Jammers into a corner before mauling them, 33-23 in a low scoring encounter.
The first half was somewhat competitive with the Jammers holding the Black Sharks to a slim four points lead at 17-13. However, the tempo went to frenetic pace in the second half with the Sharks all over their opponents to eventually win easily.
Leading the way for the Black Sharks were Royston Crandon 9 and Saydren Fortune with 8. Top scoring for the Jammers were Lattay Scott with 9 and Edmond Wiggins 7.
President of the GABF Nigel Hinds was in attendance and used the opportunity to present the new set of timing equipment to the BBA. Hinds also used the opportunity to inform those in attendance that the Tournament will be used to decide which Berbice teams will be selected to the second ‘Road to Mecca’ tournament to be contested next year.
The GABF boss also informed the officials that the tournament will be used to assist them in their training.
The competition continues today with Smythfield Rockers taking on old foe New Amsterdam Warriors in a top of the table encounter at the Vryman’s Erven Basketball Court in New Amsterdam. Tomorrow will see East Canje Knights polishing their armour as they travel to Fyrish to challenge the Black Sharks in their own back yard.
Six teams are taking part in the competition with the teams being divided into two groups.
Group A is made up of Fyrish Black Sharks, Rose Hall Town Jammers and The East Canje Knights. While group ‘B’ have New Amsterdam Warriors, Smythfield Rockers and the lone team from West Berbice Ithaca Hardliners.
The competition is being played on a round robin basis at the preliminary stages with the top two teams from each group emerging to contest the semifinals. The winner of Group ‘A’ will take on the runner up in Group B and vise versa.
The final is set for December 26 at a venue to be decided.
The top two teams will receive cash incentives and medals. The most valuable player will also be presented with a trophy.  (Samuel Whyte)

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Boxers rearing to go as Corporate support behind ‘Rose Hall Town Showdown’

December 6, 2014 | By | Filed Under Sports 

After a somewhat lengthy period, boxing buffs in Berbice will have their appetites for a good

Mr. Mark Thom (right) gratefully accepts the donation from an employee of August Beverage, Colwyn August, yesterday afternoon.

Mr. Mark Thom (right) gratefully accepts the donation from an employee of August Beverage, Colwyn August, yesterday afternoon.

punch out whetted when several pugilists out of the Ancient County square off against their counterparts from Georgetown when Thom’s Promotions present ‘Rose Hall Town Showdown,’ 26 rounds of fistic fury at the Rose Hall Ground, Berbice, next Saturday.
Berbice pugilist, Richard Williamson, will tackle Dillon Allicock over 12 rounds for the local super/bantamweight title just after another Berbician, Dereck Richmond, steps up one division to square off with Romeo Norville over 6 rounds in a super/middleweight non title fight.
Indeed, the talent out of Berbice will be showcased when another hometown pugilist, Kishawn Simon, tackles Barbadian based Guyanese, former lightweight champion, Revlon Lake, in a highly anticipated 8 rounds slugfest.
The hard work by the organizers would have dwindled to naught had it not been for the support rendered by the corporate community. And so it was that the organizers were kept busy all through the day collecting much needed support.
Moments before leaving the Ancient County for engagements in Georgetown, Mr. Mark Thom travelled to Jeansville Hideout, Rose Hall Town where he received tangible support from the proprietor.  Moments before arriving in Georgetown, Mr. Thom received added benevolence this time from Mohamed Construction of Lusignan ECD. The hard working promoter next visited Leisure Inn, Delph Street, Campbellville, and was blessed with another tangible donation towards the card’s success. The blessings continued to pour down and Mr. Thom received another support package from the proprietor of August Beverage, Norton Street, Georgetown.  This organization has donated several hampers for lucky patrons who will be randomly selected after a draw of ticket stubs. The final contributor was Unicom Cement of Providence EBD who has donated the entire purse for one of the boxers.
“This is indeed a show of staunch corporate support and I am indeed grateful for it,” said Mr. Thom shortly after receiving the final contribution. He said expressed deep gratitude to his benefactors while disclosing that the Berbicians are excited since it has been quite a while that they have seen live boxing action.
The Ancient County has produced many top class pugilists the likes of the late Ramesh ‘Coolie Bully’ Best, Al Thomas, Howard ‘Battersea Bomber’ Eastman and Jeff Roberts among others. The sport has recently witnessed a revival with several gyms mushrooming around the region. These include the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym, Central Boxing Gym and the Rose Hall Jammers.
There has also been some emphasis on the amateur sector and several boxers have made their mark on the national scene, the likes of the Richard Williamsons and Jamal Eastman among others. Several of these boxers will be on show as the promoter compliment the card with several amateur bouts. These matches have not yet been made but the promoter has assured that the best will be selected as he will be collaborating with officials from the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA).
Other sponsors to date are Castle Hotel of Chapel Street, New Amsterdam and Maximum Sports, aired Fridays on NCN 11 from 21:00hrs. Admission to the venue is $2000 for the VIP section while general admission is $1000.

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