Race walkers gear up for 14th edition William France Fitness and Health Walk
Popular amputee, William France has long dispelled the myth that persons of his ilk should be confined to a wheelchair engaging in minimal, unproductive tasks when he launched the William France 2 miles Fitness and Health Walk. Now years later, Mr. France has put all modalities in place and on Sunday August 19 he will stage the 14th edition of the 2 miles fitness walk from the Two Brothers Gas Station, Eccles ECD to Mocha Road Head.
Mr. France recently spoke with Kaieteur Sport and intimated that this year’s activities will be graced by several important dignitaries including the Canadian High Commissioner, His Excellency, David Devine, members of the Voluntary Service Organizations and Government officials among others.
The able bodied amputee further disclosed that this year’s activities will witness participation from a record number of 13 individuals categorized as ‘differently able.’
Meanwhile, several members of the ‘differently able’ community will depart Guyana to participate in the Marine Marathon scheduled for Washington DC, USA on September 29. Those shortlisted for the trip are John Antoo, Andre Richardson, Denis Burns, Audrey Bowlin and Yvonne DeAbreu. The latter two individuals are wheel chair bound. These individuals will also participate in the imminent Fitness and Health Walk.
Several corporate bodies and individuals have teamed up to make the Fitness and Health Walk a success including President Donald Ramotar, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Public Service Minister, Jennifer Westford, Director of Youth and Sports, Neil Kumar, Kenrick Auto Sales, GT&T, Banks DIH Ltd, Nigel’s Supermarket, Mings Products and Services and Ramchand Auto Sales. Walkers will be escorted by out-riders from the Guyana Police Force.