K&B Mining rescues AAG U-23 team
K&B Mining and Hardware Supply is the first business entity to come to the rescue of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Under-23 team that will compete at the South American Championships in Brazil.
President of the AAG, Colin Boyce, had appealed to the sports ministry and corporate Guyana to assist with funding the six-member team.
But, so far only K&B Mining and Hardware Supply have answered the call. The team is still in need of further funding. Boyce stated that the contribution rescued the team to some extent since they were getting worried about the team’s participation. He said that he is extremely grateful to them and noted that the entity has always been supportive of athletics.
Boyce disclosed that they are contemplating flying from Ogle to Lethem, and then use the trail from Lethem to Brazil. According to him, this will work out cheaper and will allow for the full team to compete. The Lethem route will cost US$950 per person while a ticket from Guyana to Suriname to Brazil will cost US$1800.
The six member team consists of five athletes and one official. In order of priorities, are junior 400m running sensation, Steffon James, who will lead the team, junior 100m champion Chavez Ageday, Javina Straker, Cindy Fraser, and Natrina Hooper.
James will compete in the 200m and 400m. Ageday will be in action in the 100m and 200m with Straker running the 800m. Fraser will be in action in the long jump while Hooper will compete in the triple jump.