As the Caribbean Scrabble Championship looms, local word formers have intensified training activities with an aim of capturing the team title that has eluded them for so long.
This tournament is scheduled to get underway at the Bank of Guyana Sports Club on August 23 – 26 next and apart from engaging in rigid training sessions, local players are working to accrue the required funds of $1.2M dollars to host the tournament.
Yesterday morning the players hit pay dirt when Serious off Roaders, authorised distributors of ARB 4×4 accessories, 83 Tremniranjan Place Prashad Nagar, acquiesced to a sponsorship package of one hundred thousand dollars.
Financial Consultant of that company, Gavin Ramsoondar, handed over the cheque to Executive of the GASP, Colin Chichester in the presence of National Scrabble champion, Abigail McDonald and top seed, Moen Gafoor, at his company’s office.
Mr. Ramsoondar said that officials of his organisation are cognizant of the benefits that could be derived from participation in the sport and pledged continued support to the word formers.
Mr. Chichester spoke on behalf of GASP and relayed his gratitude to his benefactor. He also beseeched the support of other members of the corporate community in assisting towards the acquisition of funding for the competition.
Meanwhile, senior players are urged to attend practice sessions at the Malteenoes Sports Club on Thursdays at 18:00hrs to enhance the local team’s chances of winning the tournament.
Eight players will be selected to comprise the local team in its bid to upset reigning team champions, Trinidad and Tobago which is expected to field a strong contingent.
The Bajans are also a tough bunch and are expected to add to the competitiveness of the tournament. Former national champion, Fred Collins is currently the Caribbean individual champion and he is keen on retaining that accolade.
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