– GOA chides association for Morgan’s withdrawal from South American Games team
Olympian Winston George and distance athlete Alika Morgan were named male and female ‘Athlete of the Year’ respectively, Saturday night when The Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) held their Annual Award Ceremony at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Hall, Thomas Lands.
The awards came after Senior Vice-President of the Guyana Olympic Association, Charles Corbin upbraided the AAG for Morgan’s withdrawal from the South American Games team because the athlete claimed she was given short notice and was inadequately prepared, despite being shortlisted for the event since last year.
“It will mean that when we have recommendations coming from the AAG that has to be considered where I’m a member of the panel, the position of whether that person should be on the team will become questionable,” Corbin said.
“Because if at the time after selection, the athlete is saying I’m not prepared, did the AAG not know this before the persons were included on the list? Our Admin had to think about replacing an athlete because the payment was made in advance and those funds would have had to be forfeited,” he added.
Alisha Fortune, who has been out of competition for some time, replaced Morgan on the South American Games team for the Chile competition.
Before Corbin spoke, AAG President, Aubrey Hutson assessed 2013 and committed the association to continuing to produce positive results.
“This Council is committed to producing the caliber of athletes that the nation could be proud of and may I put in dope free,” he said.
“For 2013 we had a good, and as I said at the Congress, we did not have a great year, but it was a good year,” he added.
National Sports Commission representative, Gervy Harry, in his address said that more must be done for athletes, indicating that administrative issues could prove a bugbear to the development of athletes.
“(The development of athletes) might be a difficult task because of what is happening with sports in our country today; at almost every association, federation, we have got wars at the top, open confrontations at the top and that is not going to do well for sports in Guyana,” Harry stated.
Awardees: Male Athlete of the Year (Winston George); Runner-up (Stephan James); Female Athlete of the Year (Alika Morgan); Runner-up (Jevina Straker); Junior Male Athlete of the Year (Kevin Abbensetts); Runner-up (Clarence Green); Junior Female Athlete of the Year (Jevina Straker); Runner-up (Alita Moore); Youth Male Athlete of the Year (Jason Yaw); Youth Female Athlete of the Year (Cassey George); Runner-up (Tirana Mitchell); Coach of the Year ( Julian Edmonds); Official of the Year (Kendra Squires-Rose); Runner-up (Nigel Hope).
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