World Scrabble Championships …V-I-C-T-O-R-Y on McDonald’s mind as she leaves
By the time today’s edition of Kaieteur News newspapers hit the newsstands, National Scrabble Champion, Abigail McDonald, would be halfway on her journey to the JFK International Airport in the United States of America.
She left Guyana early this morning for the North American country and will remain there until Sunday December 1 before continuing her journey to Prague, Czech Republic, to participate in the World Scrabble Championships from December 4 – 8 next and she has only victory on her mind.
McDonald has had a busy week putting the final touches to her preparations as well as collecting valuable sponsorship dollars. The list is extensive and the scrabble queen wishes to express gratitude to her many benefactors.
Among those supportive entities are Unicomer Guyana Inc, Courts Furniture, Kings Jewelry World, Farfan and Mendes Ltd, Starr Computers, Oasis Café, Akbar Auto Sales, Nexlink Communications, Insurance Brokers Guyana Ltd, Republic Bank, Giftland Office Max, Southland International Inc and Star Party Rental.
“Those entities have generously supported me and I am indeed humbled by such generosity,” said McDonald moments before leaving Georgetown.
Several of the sponsors have sent her off with best wishes including Southland International Inc. “In association with its brands, MOUSSY Non-Alcoholic Malt and Blue Waters, is pleased to be sponsors of the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players. We support and recognize the talent of our current Champion, Ms. Abigail McDonald, who will represent us at the World Championships in December and we implore other aspiring scrabble players to follow her footsteps and give her the support and encouragement she needs to win,” Marketing Coordinator, Ravendra Singh exhorted.
Marketing Manager (Courts), Pernell Cummings, contributed $100,000 on behalf of his firm and he also wished McDonald well. McDonald also benefited from the benevolence of Fly Jamaica Airlines which had donated the airline tickets for the round trip from Guyana to New York while McDonald’s colleagues in GASP organized a BBQ and Lime on November 16 last which considerably reduced her expenditure.
This is McDonald’s second try at the prestigious title having travelled to Malaysia in 2009 on a similar assignment. In a recent interview she had said that while her ambitions are on winning the world accolade, she was also keen to end the tournament as the best Caribbean representative.
Two other CARICOM nationals, Barbadian, Orlet Bullock and Trinidadian, Leslie Stewart will also play in the tournament. McDonald defeated Stewart in the Malaysian tournament but lost to Bullock when they clashed in the Tri Nation Caribbean Championships staged in Guyana last year. Malaysian, Nigel Richards, a 5 times world champion, is the defending champion and is the man to beat if she should succeed in clinching the coveted accolade.
McDonald earned the right to represent Guyana after placing among the top two in the National Championships earlier this year and then defeated Moen Gafoor, the other top runner, 3-0 in the three best of 5. Kaieteur Sport sends the scrabble queen off with best wishes.