Novice & Junior C/set set for Blairmont Primary School today
Always displaying the spirit of an indomitable leader with a vision to see the sport
move from strength to strength, Peter Green was given the thumbs up by his colleagues and gyms for a 5th consecutive term when the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently at the Tropical View Hotel, Campbellville.
Green who has led the upward spiral of Powerlifting in Guyana, Caribbean, Region and the World since his elevation will be supported in his quest for further development with 2011 Sportswoman of the Year and leading Caribbean Strongwoman Dawn Barker as the new Secretary.
Barker, has shown the will to excel and is a determined individual, such a combination can only spell well for Powerlifting in Guyana. Past Secretary Edwin Spence will serve now as Vice President while Nigel Hinds has replaced Edward Livan as Treasurer.
Denroy Livan retains the post of Public Relations Officer, while the three new Committee Members are Lynette Lewis, Farouk Abdool and Winston Stoby.
The AGM heard and accepted reports by the President, Secretary and Treasurer with attendance from members as far as Corriverton, Rosignol, Linden and Demerara.
During the year in review (2011), special acknowledgment was made of the latest accomplishments by the Federation’s Champion of Champions lifters of the year Randolph Morgan (NSC runner up Sportsman of the Year) and Dawn Barker (NSC Sportswoman of the year – 2011.
According to the GAPF, non executive positions to the various sub-committees are expected to filled shortly.
In brief remarks to the membership following their solid show of confidence in his leadership, President Green expressed gratitude to the past executive for their voluntary services and welcomed the new members for 2012 onboard.
He gave a review of the five-year plan unveiled in 2008 and was happy to report that 90% of the objectives have been accomplished. Green disclosed that a number of new programmes will be implemented in tandem with the existing ones as they continue to push the sport to higher levels of awareness and competitiveness both locally and internationally.
Green also stated that The Ancient County of Berbice and the Bauxite Mining Town of Linden can expect to be at the heart of these programmes and events with Area Representative Mr. Farouk Abdool (Berbice) of Hardcore Gym set to host the Novices and Junior National Championships today at Rosignol Primary school.
At the conclusion of the AGM, the GAPG took the opportunity to recognise the outstanding accomplishments of their athletes during what was described as a thriving 2011.
Hall of Fame Inductees
For the first time the GAPF has gone the route of setting up a Hall of Fame in recognition, and to pay homage to those who have set themselves apart from the rest in terms of their contributions towards the sport over the years.
The first inductees are:
Official – Claude Charles (Post Humus) of Kings Row Barbell Club; Mr. Charles is known as the founding father of Powerlifting and is also a former President of the GAPF.
Mr Charles was also a Champion trainer to Horace Steele, Hugh Ross, John Edwards and many other outstanding athletes.
Lifter – John Edwards is the first bencher to achieve the 400lbs and 500lbs marks. Edwards is the record holder in the 120kg / 125kg class (over a decade locally) and holder of the highest total by any local power lifter 860kgs.
Champion and record holder at the Caribbean level (2009 – 2011), North American Regional (2008 – 2010) and Pan American (2009) levels in both the Open and Masters categories. He was also a Bronze Medalist at the 2011 IPF World Masters Championships.
2012 Powerlifting Season opener
The 2012 Powerlifting season is set to lift off today with the staging of the Novices and Junior National Championships at the Blairmont Primary School commencing at 11:00hrs, weigh-in for competitors will start at 09:30hrs.
The Novices will attract new comers to the sport while the National Junior competition will see athletes 23 years and under battling.
Expected to be on show today in the Ancient County are the Corriverton based brothers, Gumendra and Suraj Shewdas in the sub-junior category and 2010 Junior Caribbean Champions Vijai Rahim and Anis Ade Thomas doing the same in their categories.
Stiff challenges to the Shewdas siblings is expected from promising young Rosignol based lifter Kevin Brijlall along with Fabian Ketwaroo of Corriverton and Praimchand Singh of Georgetown among others.
Junior National lifters are reminded that they must have IPF approved lifting gear only. Transportation is expected to leave the Linden Bus Park at 08:30hrs fro Berbice.
Awards Category Winner
Best Lifter overall Male open 2010 / 2011 Randolph ‘The Accomplisher’ Morgan
Best lifter overall Female open 2010 / 2011 Dawn ‘The Cool Destroyer’ Barker
Best lifter overall Male Juniors 2010/ 2011 Kenneth Melville
Best lifter overall Male Masters 2010 Winston Stoby
Best lifter overall Male Masters 2011 ‘Big’ John Edwards
Most Improved overall lifter Male Juniors 2011 Gumendra Narine Shewdas
Most Improved overall lifter male open 2011 Osmond Mack
Champion of Champion lifter overall male Randolph Morgan
Champion of Champion lifter overall female Dawn Barker
Champion GYM 2011 Buddies Gym (Georgetown)
Coach of the year Egbert Jackson (Berbice)
First Commonwealth Record holder – male Randolph Morgan
First Commonwealth Record holder – female Dawn Barker
First 120kg lifter in the history of local
Powerlifting to squat over 800lbs Colin ‘Mr. Clean’ Chesney
First 83kg lifter in the history of local
Powerlifting to dead lift over 700lbs Randolph Morgan
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