Ansa Mc Al offers support under Smalta
Builders Lumber Yard also aboard
Ansa Mc Al Trading Limited yesterday offered support to the President’s/
Jefford Track and Field Classic III under its Smalta brand, cementing its place as another of the permanent partners of arguably the country’s most prestigious athletics competition.
“We are excited to be on board for the third year through our Smalta brand, especially given that the Coordinators are aiming at uplifting athletics in Guyana. This is a unique opportunity for the brand and we are happy,” Smalta brand Coordinator, Anjeta Hinds said.
The Ansa Mc Al official indicated that partnering with an event based in Linden shows that the company has a national reach; the third edition of the President’s/Jefford Track and Field Classic will be hosted on May 20 at the McKenzie Sports Club Ground, Linden.
“We hope that patrons come out and support us and the meet,” she added. Ansa Mc Al has been a major sponsor of the meet since its inception in 2010. The 2011 edition created history when Aliann Pompey competed for the first time in Guyana since becoming a double Commonwealth Games medallist.
Apart from Ansa Mc Al, Builders Lumber Yard came forward yesterday and offered support to the meet. Builders Lumber Yard is one of the established sponsors of Lionel D’Andrade, who is expected to also grace the meet among the prominent local athletes.
The 2012 event will feature Linden’s international track star, Marian Burnett, competing against athletes from the Caribbean and Guyana. Grenada and Suriname have already been confirmed to compete against what is expected to be a strong local field from clubs.
The winning club in this year’s Classic will pocket $500,000 with $300,000 going to the second placed club and $100,000 to third place club. In addition, another $200,000 is up for grabs in the two international races. The overall champion male and female athletes will be financially rewarded as well.
Burnett arrives in Guyana on May 14 for the meet that gets underway at 10am with the Heats on May 20. Following the Heats (preliminaries) there will be an entertainment break, and recovery period, for the athletes before an Official Opening Ceremony commences at 2pm. Slingerz DJ Face will be bringing the vibes off the track for the entire day.
After the Opening Ceremony the meet goes full throttle with the Finals that are expected to be an intense affair, judging from last year’s competition that saw, for instance, Dennis Horatio beating Cleveland Forde in the Men’s 800m. The same rivalries are expected.