Lights and Shed for BVA facility at Port Mourant – Director of Sports
Having being lauded for their outstanding performance, as one of the better run sports
organisations in the country, the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) was promised further rewards for their outstanding and exemplary performance for the year 2016.
The promises were made by no other than Director of Sports (DoS) Christopher Jones. Jones was the feature speaker at the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) inaugural presentation and awards ceremony held last Saturday at the Port Mourant Community Center.
Jones, who has been the DoS since the coalition government took office in 2015, has been applauded for doing an exemplary job so far.
In a wide raging speech, the Sports Director congratulated the BVA and the players, especially the awardees for its exemplary performance. He had words of appreciation and praise for the BVA President Levi Nedd.
“Let me say that when you speak of volleyball and the development of volleyball in Berbice, you hear the name Levi Nedd. Not too long after taking the office of DoS I became familiar with the name and person, Levi Nedd. Nedd has been a tower of strength behind the many accomplishments of the BVA.”
“We have been in contact on a regular basis, talking about plans, programmes and ways and means of improving the sport in Berbice and Guyana in general.”
“I am extremely happy that the BVA has embarked on a drive to spread the game throughout Berbice. Thus places like Orealla and Siparuta have been participating on a regular basis and the females virtually dominating in their category. That shows improvement. The BVA initiative to include the young the old, women, hinterland and even the differently able, tells a story,” the director said and assured that the Government will endorse and embrace the BVA’s activities.
He is happy that the BVA had taken on an “active anti suicide drive” as part of the programme and noted that, not only that the BVA has performed well, but clubs within the Association have stood out both on the local and overseas shores.
He mentioned that the APNU/AFC government when it took office immediately embarked on an initiative to take sports to all 10 regions of the country. “Despite there was no system in place, we set out to make sure that all parts of Guyana benefits, in what we call sports for all.”
“A big part of the undertaking is facilities development. Under which we have the Light It up Campaign. Where we set out to place lights at most sports facilities, so that out athletes can train after sundown.”
He told those gathered that the BVA has performed exemplary and for such performance the Government will be presenting lights to the BVA to light up the International Volleyball Court at Port Mourant. However, this is depending on how fast the BVA can acquire the light poles. “Within 24 hrs you will get the lights,” Jones stated.
Jones also mentioned the Government’s willingness in assisting to cover the facility before the end of the year. Quoting a phrase from the Bible, Jones said, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”
He also promised the BVA assistance in sending the team to Trinidad for an annual tournament sometime around Easter.
Touching on the U19 team’s performance at the IGG 2016, where most of the players came from Berbice. The Guyana team swept all and sundry in a dominating performance. He said that even the Suriname DoS was impressed with their performance.
The Dos also admonished the players to continue to play hard, work hard and be disciplined.
“Do not be too swell headed, you have demonstrated the ability to represent your club, village, region and country. You have to be a role model, many of you may be a beacon light to your community and to that I am asking you to be that leading light in your community.”
He drew reference to Jamaican Usain Bolt whom he said came from an humble beginnings and is now the most famous and one of the richest sports personality in the World. “There is no difference between Usain Bolt and any of you here.”
“You too can be a Usain Bolt,” Jones mentioned. (Samuel Whyte)
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