The Guyana Baseball League has followed up its commitment made by Robin Singh at the World Baseball Softball Congress in Africa, held in Hammamet, Tunisia to create a Softball division; to this end the GBL has appointed Ms. Inga Henry Vice-President with responsibility for Softball.
In accepting the position and attendant responsibilities, Ms. Henry stated, “I speak on behalf of the Ministry of Education/Unit of Allied Arts Physical Education Department and Myself in saying that we are in full support of the initiative taken by you personally as well as the rest of the league members in bringing this sport to Guyana. I would be very pleased to continue supporting this initiative and do everything in my power to ensure that school children of all ages across Guyana not only hear of but experience the thrills, excitement and success that both Baseball and Softball are known to bring.
While this sport is still in its budding phase here in Guyana, it is evident the amount of work that has already been put in by you and your team and I am honored to be of service to the organization and the children of Guyana.
I personally have always been very active and though, growing up in a very rural area limited my access to other sports besides Cricket, it was the sport that I first fell in with and incidentally the sport that led me to Baseball/Softball which I chose as my specialty during my 5 years in Cuba pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Sport. While most persons close to me thought I was crazy for choosing a sport that was not even heard of my most of our citizens, my love for the sport and a dream of one day teaching it to Guyanese boys and girls, motivated me to drown out the negative voice and follow my heart. So I must thank you for doing the hard work and making my dream a reality. Now let’s work together to give our children something else to dream about and make a reality.
It is extremely important that we send the message to our children that sport is not an alternative to academics, when merged strategically, they contribute to the holistic development of the individual, multifaceted, healthy, happy and wealthy (not only in the financial sense if the word).
As a teacher in my earlier years at the Corentyne Comprehensive High school, I had the most
amazing experiences with my students because even for my history and English lessons, I took my pupils outside, Physical Education was not on the timetable then but recognizing the need to be active allowed me to find innovative ways of teaching concepts.”
MS. Henry is as a Physical Education Officer responsible for monitoring the Implementation the Physical Education Curriculum in schools among other PE and Sport related functions in the PE Department Unit of Allied Arts, Ministry of Education. A teacher by profession she has also represented Guyana at the Regional Women’s 50 over tournament in 2002, the following year she nominated for a Physical Education and Sports scholarship at the International School for Physical Education and Sport in Havana Cuba.
President of the GBL Robin Singh, thanked Ms. Henry for her services to date and noted, “It is great to see the growth of people within our organization, Inga is thirty two years old and has an opportunity to make a massive impact on the development of our nation’s youth, her life story is in itself inspiring and now she has the platform and the backing of the GBL and International Softball Federation to inspire others.”
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