Apr 30, 2013 Sports Comments Off on President commissions multimillion dollars pavilion at refurbished Chesney Sports club
Residents of Chesney/ Kilcoy area on the Corentyne Coast, including scores of overseas based Guyanese and some foreigners, on Sunday turned out in their numbers at the Chesney Sports Club ground and joined President Donald Ramoutar and delegation as he commissioned a newly built multimillion dollars pavilion,
courtesy of the Government of Guyana.
The president and his delegation also took the opportunity to rededicate the refurbished and fenced play ground.
The occasion was the opening ceremony of the second Chesney/ Kilcoy reunion which includes a week of activities. Over 100 overseas based Guyanese mostly from The United States, Canada, England and the Caribbean including many former cricketers have returned home for the reunion.
Speaking at the ceremony President Ramoutar who was accompanied by Ministers Anil Nandalall and Leslie Ramsammy and Regional Chairman David Armogan took the opportunity to welcome the overseas visitors to Guyana and congratulate them for what they are doing in remembering their home country. He gave the assurance that the government will stick with them and assist in wherever possible.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Attorney General Anil Nandalall who deputized for the Minister of Sports.
President of the overseas chapter and one of the founding members, Zamin Amin, thanked the government of Guyana for coming on board with them to make the occasion the success it is. Amin a former national U-19 cricketer, who still plies his trade in the USA with the American Cricket Society team, which is also touring Guyana, stated that the first reunion was held in 2010 and this is their second such activity. He said that the idea of the reunion came about after a group of cricketers who are also former residents of the area came together and decided to do something tangible for those back home. Also accompanying the group and speaking to the media was Bobby Deonarine who has been sponsoring a number of first division cricket competitions in Guyana.
He said that they have a packed programme planned for the week which will includes community projects, visits to schools and the less fortunate home and assisting Kids and the elderly. One of the main focus, he stated is helping the youths of the area.
The Chesney Cricket Club was once one of the leading cricket clubs in Berbice. The club, which is one of the member clubs of the Berbice Cricket Board, has not been playing first division cricket for a while due to migration and other factors, with a number of the top players shifting to top Berbice clubs Albion and Port Mourant.
However, it has been a constant feature on the second division scene in the ancient county. Many players from the area that would have represented the Albion and Port Mourant Cricket clubs, Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies have come from the area – Players such as Narsingh Deonarine, Davendra Bishoo and the Daniram brothers, Sudesh and Sunil and Imran Khan among others come to mind.
The ACS team will tangle with their local counterparts from Chesney today in a feature cricket match at the Chesney ground. Former cricketer and overseas based Guyanese and cricket board official Prem Manbodh is coordinating the activity. (Samuel Whyte)
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