Merely twenty-four hours before he leaves Guyana for Grenada to participate in the Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Championships, 2009 Mr. Guyana Physique, Oswin Jones received a check to the value of $200,000 from his employers, Guyoil, to facilitate his participation in that tournament.
The bodybuilding champion was the guest of honour at a ceremony at the Guyoil branch office, Public Road and Alexander Streets Kitty which was also attended by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Frank Anthony who delivered the feature address.
Before a group of invitees that included Managing Director of Guyoil, Mr. Badrie Persaud, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr Bud Mangal, Mr. Abdool Kadir and Human Relations Officer, Ms. Jean Cumberbatch, the Sports Minister expressed delight at Jones’ achievement. He was also in high praise of Guyoil’s gesture to render much needed support to Jones, noting that if other corporate bodies could emulate the oil company’s act, local athletes would be all the better for it.
“There are not many companies that reach out to our sportspeople like Guyoil did. Should we have this level of support right across the board then our country would be the better for it,” the Minister said. He noted that many athletes selected to represent this country in overseas engagement fail to receive the requisite support from their employers. He feels that such acts can compromise the development of sportspeople.
Minister Anthony further beseeched the management of the oil company to inculcate healthy living habits among staff members. He suggested the initiation of an exercise programme among staff members to reduce the high incidences of chronic non communicable diseases.
“We need to develop the habit of at least 30 minutes of daily exercise,” Mr. Anthony advocated. He said that such healthy attitudes can ease the strain on our health institutions while heightening production in the work places.
Earlier, Mr. Badrie Persaud congratulated Jones while encouraging him to go on to higher goals. “We at Guyoil are indeed proud of you and wish you all the best in the world of body building,” said Mr. Persaud.
President of the Bodybuilding Federation, Frank Tucker dubbed the ceremony a very important occasion. He voiced the hope that such corporate chivalry be extrapolated throughout Guyana for the benefit of the sports community. He echoed the sentiments of Minister Anthony saying that a healthy body improves the quality of life and by extension makes for a more wholesome society.
“Obviously, a healthy body would translate into a more peaceful society where there would be less quarreling and fighting,” Tucker opined. The Bodybuilding Federation President subsequently praised Guyoil for their corporate gesture while committing to the task of contributing towards Jones’ future development. “At the tender age of 25 Jones has a lot of potential and with the right guidance he could go on to compete for the Mr. Universe title,” Tucker opined.
Jones was very receptive to the corporate gesture of Guyoil. He admitted that the journey to the top was indeed arduous but self discipline saw him through. “The experience was physically, mentally and financially challenging but in the end winning the championships sufficed,” exhorted Jones.
The ceremony was also graced by Guyoil’s Industrial Relations Officer, Mr. Grantley Culbard and Ms. Jean Cumberbatch who delivered the vote of thanks.
Meanwhile, the local representatives selected to participate in the CAC Games in Grenada left the country early this morning amidst an air of high expectancy. They are expected to get into action on October 1. The tournament concludes on October 4. The full squad reads: Oswin Jones, Rawle Green, Alicia Fortune, Alfred Jordon and Clint Duke. (Michael Benjamin)
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