MCYS/Giftland Officemax render support as Caribbean Scrabble C/ships loom
As the nation’s top scrabble players continue to sharpen their skills in preparation for the Caribbean Championships slated to get underway at the Bank of Guyana Sports Club between August 23- 26, Executive members of the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) are indeed gratified following contributions from the business sector as well as government officials.
On Tuesday afternoon last, GASP officials attended a meeting with Director of Youth and Sports, Neil Kumar, who confirmed government’s support to the development of sports after he handed over a cheque for $100,000 to facilitate the purchase of trophies for the event.
Mr. Kumar wished the players well and reiterated his government’s commitment to all sports disciplines.
GASP officials, national champion, Abigail McDonald and top seed, Moen Gafoor, received the contribution on behalf of the association and expressed deep gratitude to the Director of Sports. They assured the government official that the gesture would go a far way in offsetting the huge expenses necessary for a successful tournament.
Shortly afterwards, the duo trooped to Giftland Officemax where Marketing Manager Compton Bobb contributed $50,000 and wished the players well while reiterating his company’s support for all sports.
Once again the two GASP officials expressed deep appreciation for the support rendered even as they urged similar support from other corporate entities.
GASP officials are working feverishly to accrue funding to the tune of $1.2M, necessary for the successful staging of the Tri-nation tournament. Already, officials have launched a raffle at a minimal $100 per ticket but with lucrative prizes. Tickets are available from any GASP member.
Meanwhile, senior players are reminded that practice sessions continue at the Malteenoes Sports Club every Thursdays starting at 18:00hrs. Players are asked to make a special effort to attend as this could enhance the local team’s chances of winning the tournament.
Ms. McDonald will lead a team of eight players including her predecessor, Fred Collins, Moen Gafoor, Leon Belony and several other top players as they try to upset reigning team champions, Trinidad and Tobago which is expected to field a strong contingent.
Barbados will also field a strong team and are expected to add to the competitiveness of the tournament.
Former national champion, Fred Collins is currently the Caribbean individual champion and he is keen on retaining that title.