Anis Ade-Thomas to represent Guyana at 10th IPF/NAPF Regionals
- first choice Rahim forced to quit; GAPF to host fund raising BBQ on Sunday
Leading Guyana and Caribbean junior Powerlifter Anis Ade-Thomas will be Guyana‘s lone representative at the 10th Annual International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) / North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF) Championships set for the Westin Hotel in Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands from July 24-28, 2012.
The Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) was forced to call up Ade-Thomas as a replacement for first choice selectee Vijay Rahim who was forced to forego the invitation to represent his country because the powers that be at his place of employ – Guysuco – informed him that he would not be granted leave with pay to train and compete.
With the deadline for nomination being July 1, 2012, the GAPF had to submit Ade-Thomas as the replacement for Rahim whose prospects for bringing home the gold was bright.
Rahim was a double gold medalist at the Caribbean level while Ade-Thomas, a competent and potent replacement, was the best overall junior.
This is not the first time that the GAPF would have had to endure such circumstances but has been able to raise above such challenges whenever they are confronted with same.
In order to ensure that Ade-Thomas get the opportunity to represent Guyana, the GAPF will be hosting a fund raising bar-b-que on Sunday at Basic Beauty Salon, Lot 8 North Road, Lacytown.
Members of the powerlifting fraternity and the public are being encouraged to purchase a ticket which costs $1,000 to ensure that Ade-Thomas gets the opportunity to bring back the gold medal to Guyana.
Tickets are available from any member of the GAPF and at Basic Beauty Salon, North Road, BBQ will be served between 12:00 – 18:00hrs.
Powerlifting has been doing Guyana proud over the past five years and the athletes needs all the encouragement they can get to keep the Golden Arrowhead aloft at the Caribbean, Regional, North American, Commonwealth and International levels.
Ade-Thomas will compete in the 83kg class and will be seeking to dislodge all opposition in the junior and open categories.
According to the GAPF, the cost for the athlete to attend is US$1,500 which is all inclusive. Expected to travel with the athlete is GAPF Secretary Gordon Spencer who will double as Manager/Coach; will officiate as a Category 11 IPF Referee having passed the examinations in last March in the USVI and also attend the WADA Symposium.