-East Coast confident of retaining title
President of the Guyana Sports Association of New York Richard Thompson speaking with Kaieteur Sport yesterday at Olympic House said that even though they are not completely satisfied with the progress made over the ten years of friendship with the LinWest Games they will continue to work assiduously to keep the event alive.
Thompson, who is in Guyana to help organise this year’s edition of the Games which will be staged this Sunday disclosed that the whole idea of the Meet was conceptualised to expose the talent of athletes in the rural community who at the time were suffering from lack of exposure and competition.
“When we started the understanding was to allow the athletic talent in the rural areas to be exposed since it was felt that only those in Georgetown was being given the opportunity,” Thompson said.
The Meet which was restricted to only Linden, West Demerara and East Coast Demerara eventually accommodated athletes from East and West Berbice and now has included Georgetown.
“We’ve now included Georgetown in the Meeting and this will allow the entire country to see what talent is on offer,” Thompson pointed out.
He said that they’d hoped to involve Essequibo in the Games, but due to the exorbitant cost of transportation, they could not do so and would like to extend an apology for their inability.
“I want to say that at present members of the Committee are working even harder to see if Essequibo could be inserted in the competition next year.”
The President acknowledged the support of Banks DIH, the Lions Club of Crown Heights in the USA, Golden Grove / Nabaclis Group of New York, Linden residents in New York and the New York, Canada and London Chapters.
The Games is open to students attending school between the ages of 13-20 years.
Linden, East Coast Demerara, West Demerara, East Bank Demerara and East and West Berbice are the competing districts.
Meanwhile Manager of defending champions East Coast Demerara Rhonda Monize told this newspaper that they will be sending a strong contingent to represent the district and they are confident of retaining the title.
According to Monize, the team will comprise 41 athletes headed by defending male and female sprint champions Chavez Ageday and Deja Smartt, who are the current 100 and 200 metres title holders.
“I think that we’ve done in terms of selection to pick the best team that we feel could help us retain our title and we’re confident that we could do so,” Monize revealed.
Apart from Ageday and Smart, Monize said that the likes of Keith Gordon (1500, 5000 metres), Shamaka Caesar (Discus, Javelin) and Malcolm Walcott (800, 1500 metres) are all capable of holding their own against the best in the other districts.
The Games will be held at the Mackenzie Sport Club ground and according to member of the Local Organising Committee Mayfield Taylor-Trim all systems are in place for the smooth running of the event.
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