Nov 01, 2013 Sports Comments Off on North Georgetown boast of title repeat
– ahead of National Schools’ C/ships
Defending champions, North Georgetown, District 11, is boasting of winning yet another title at the 2013 National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships, which will get underway, November 19-22, at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
Assistant Team Manager of the District, Mariska Williams is confident of making a successful defence of the Guyana Teachers Union/Ministry of Education/Digicel – sponsored 53rd annual Championships after winning their 13th title overall last year.
Williams, admitting that North Georgetown’s biggest challenge is usually multiple title holders, Upper Demerara/Kwakwani, District 10, relished in the fact that their team comprises of several athletes who have represented Guyana regionally and internationally.
“We are very confident of winning the Cycling and Swimming Championships, but not too sure of Track and Field, but even if we place second in the Track and Field, we are still going to win the overall title,” an obviously confident Williams declared.
“We have also been winning the teachers aspect for quite a number of years and this year will be no different,” she added. To win overall, Districts must either win or place highly in the Cycling, Swimming, Track and Field and Teachers’ competitions.
Williams proudly stated that among the athletes that will be representing District 11 this year are track stars, Jevina Straker, Jevina Sampson, Kevin Abbensetts, Dequan Vancooten and Yesenia Andrews; cyclists Alanzo Ambrose and Hamza Eastman and swimmers Britney van Lange and Onica George completes a strong team for North Georgetown in her estimation.
Williams reminded that District 11 has won the Swimming Championships for the past 11 years “and this year we’ll make it 12 in a row,” she continued to boast. These athletes Williams stated, have all done Guyana proud at regional and international competitions.
Straker is tipped to repeat her gold medal performance in the girls 10km Road Race, which she won in a time of 44:20 seconds. Straker also dominated Under-20 Girls 800m and 1500m races, giving District 11 maximum points in those events at Nationals. A three-time CARIFTA gold medalist, Straker began her career at the Schools’ Championships.
Abbensetts won the Boys’ Under-18 100m last year and has since moved on to dominate local junior sprinting, which he took overseas in a winning performance at the Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) in Suriname. ‘Nationals’ is really where stars are born, Williams believes.
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