Digicel to host Triple Sports Fiesta on June 9
By Rawle Welch
Organised by Digicel, ‘the bigger, better network’, the Triple Sports Fiesta which is scheduled to be staged on June 9, at the National Gymnasium is anticipated to be an exciting affair according to the representatives of Hockey, Volleyball and Netball, who attended the launching yesterday, at the Company’s Head Office in Kingston.
Speaking at the Launching, Digicel’s Public Relations Manager Shonnet Moore said the Company was very excited about the project, informing that after much thought, they felt the three disciplines selected would have been the easier ones to work with, while the fact that they could be played under one roof was also a decisive factor in the eventual choices.
Moore also alluded to the fact that there are many other benefits that could be derived from hosting such an event and gave as examples: (1)- the continued support for the development of sports in Guyana; (2)- can serve as a catalyst to educate athletes from other sport disciplines about the rules and systems of other games; (3)- to encourage multi talented athletes to get involved in other sports disciplines and the fostering of camaraderie among athletes from respective disciplines thereby creating an atmosphere of sharing knowledge both tactical and technical that could enhance the growth of individual athletes and teams.
The Guyana Netball Association (GNA) was represented by its Secretary Shanomae Pearce-Baptiste, who in her brief remarks said that the competition will help enhance the preparations of the national squad that is currently in training for the American Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago in July.
She added that the two teams identified are the national squad and a combined unit made up mainly of young players, who according to Pearce-Baptiste will be presented with an opportunity to challenge their more established counterparts.
Nicholas Fraser, the Secretary of the Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) told the gathering that apart from the marquee matchup between national champions Young Achievers and the up and coming Port Mourant Training School, there will also be other games featuring a few other clubs.
He said the GVF has always tried to co-operate and collaborate with other associations and was happy that such an opportunity presented itself for them to do so thanks to Digicel.
Vice-President of the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) Rawl Davson in his remarks opened by thanking Digicel for the initiative, adding that they are extremely happy to be part of it.
The GHB will be represented by defending Diamond Mineral Water champions Old Fort and recently crowned Brydens Classic champions Pepsi Hikers, while the Ladies segment will see GCC and Hikers square off.
Starting time is 18:00 hrs.
Meanwhile, below is a breakdown of the prize monies on offer for the respective winners and the donation that each discipline will receive.
For Hockey-1st Place: $ 80,000, 2nd $ 40,000 and the Board $ 50,000.
Volley Ball- 1st Place $ 70,000, 2nd Place $ 35,000 and Federation $ 50,000
For Netball- 1st Place: $ 40,000, 2nd Place $ 20,000 and Association $ 25,000.