Nov 24, 2011 Sports
National female cycling and National school champion Marica Dick, a member
of the Flying Aces cycling club, was on Monday the recipient of a number of much needed cycling equipment compliments of overseas based Guyanese and a former national cyclist Wilbert Benjamin.
Dick, a six form student of the New Amsterdam Multilateral School, was presented with a number of items including tires, Tubes, Speed meter, helmet and clothing which would help her in her cycling career. The presentation was done in New Amsterdam at the behest of Dick’s coach Randolph Roberts.
Dick only last week dominated the National School Cycling championship, a feat which she has accomplished for the past three years, riding unbeaten to be crowned female champion with four wins although being plagued with a bicycle problem.
Benjamin a native of Berbice and a former member of the Flying Ace Cycling club, still rides in his adopted home land of Canada. Benjamin in brief remarks congratulated Dick on her achievements and urged and encouraged her to continue training and aim for higher heights, telling her that she has a bright future ahead. He is also happy that she is taking her education seriously and is still in school. He told her that she would be looked upon as a role model therefore she has to continue to live up to those expectations.
Roberts, the Coach of the Flying Ace Cycle Club and who recently guided the national Junior Cycling team to victory in the Inter Guyana games in Suriname, expressed gratitude on behalf of the club and wished Benjamin all the success in the future. He stated that more business persons should take a page out of Benjamin’s book and come forward and assist. He also expressed the hope that other former cyclists, especially those overseas, should also come forward and do something tangible especially to assist the youths.
Dick for her part thanked Benjamin for his kind and heartwarming gesture. She also expressed her appreciation to Coach Roberts for recommending her and for his assistance and guidance throughout the years. She promised to live up to the high ideals expected of her.
Benjamin, a former National cyclist, was also a former school and junior champion and along with his older brother Gary, who still rides in the veteran category, made a potent combination for Berbice. He returns home on a regular basis and would assist his club and teams in whatever way possible including sponsorship of races.
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