– programme includes cycling, football, cricket, Domino
The Boyce & Jefford Group yesterday launched its second annual Relay Festival and Family Fun Day, which will feature several other sport disciplines on a stacked programme on April 30 at the Police Sports Club Ground,
The Organisation, which is responsible for initiating and sustaining one of Guyana’s prestigious sport events for the past eight years, Boyce/Jefford Classic in Linden, launched the second Relay Festival at The Original Palm Court in the company of main stakeholders, including the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones and Ansa McAl representative, Lindon Henry.
Chairman of the Committee, Colin Boyce said that the relays this year are 4×100 (Females and Males); 4×400 (Females and Males); 4x200m Mixed Relay; 4x400m Mixed Relay; Sprint Medley Females (100m,100m, 200m, 400m); Sprint Medley Males (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m); Distance Medley Females (2400m) (400m, 600m, 600m, 800m) and the Distance Medley Males (2800m) (400m, 600m, 600m, 1200m).
“We added two new events to the relays, the 4×200 mixed relays and the 4×400 mixed relay as well… this is aimed at promoting healthy and fun competition with the athletes having a chance to receive cash incentives, last year $40,000 was awarded for each relay now it’s up to $50,000,” Boyce disclosed.
Cash Prizes of $25,000; $15,000 and $10,000 will be awarded to teams finishing 1-3 in the relay events for total prize money of $500,000 to be handed out.
In addition the event is also touting a five-a-side small-goal football competition, featuring four of the top local teams: Agricola Champion Boys, Sparta Boss, West Front Road and Broad Street Bullies with Tiger Bay, Back Circle and Bent Street on standby. In addition, a grudge match that places Chase Academy against Sir Morgan Lessons is also being mulled.
The Cash Prizes for those include $50,000 (winner) and $25,000 (second place) with Champion and Runner-Up Trophies. The prize monies will be the same for a female softball cricket match that puts Trophy Stall Angels against Mikes Wellwoman.
Floodlight Masters will also play a team to be confirmed in male softball cricket. The organisers have also added for the first time, two cycling events, including the Devil Takes the Hinds Most (Male) and 2000m Sprint (Female). The first three finishers in the cycling contests will also ride away with $25,000; $15,000 and $10,000 and trophies respectively.
In the Domino Competition, Boyce disclosed that in excess of 27 teams are anticipated to exceed last year. The prize money in the Domino Competition is $150,000 for the winner, and $100,000; $50,000 and $25,000 for second to fourth. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) gets $10,000 while all cash prizes will be accompanied by trophies.
A total of $1,100,000 will be handed out in prize money on the day. With such an extensive and diverse programme, Ansa Mcal representative, Stag Beer Brand Manager, Henry stated that they were happy to get onboard the project this year.
“The package is the reason why Stag Beer is onboard, we believe it is an event that is catering for everyone and it just gives you that fun feel, with the relays and the football and where there is fun there is Stag Beer,” Henry mentioned.
He encouraged patrons to support the activity and stated that the brand will continue to support such activities. Events and Marketing Manager of The Original Palm Court, Sasha Lewis made it clear that such events are much-needed in Guyana.
”I think it’s a unique event and Palm Court will be there, we are happy to be a part of this event that is an outdoor one since we mostly do indoor events, but it’s good to have an event that is family oriented that allows families to come out and do things together,” Lewis indicated.
Director of Sport, Jones, who was the keynote speaker, also echoed similar sentiments, stating the importance of such activities to social cohesion. “When the government came into power in 2015 it formed the Ministry of Social Cohesion and the name itself lends to the explanation of the Ministry,” Jones said.
He noted that one of the firmest advocates for social cohesion is sports and as such, the event is one that should receive widespread support. “Event like this furthers the Government’s thrust of supporting social cohesion and the National Sport Commission is proud to be associated with this event as well as providing funding,” he said.
The Director of Sport lauded the efforts of Boyce and Jefford in continuing to promote sports at the grassroots and other level. He called on corporate Guyana to support the activity, adding that Government is looking at ways to reward companies for such support.
The day will also feature novelty events for participating patrons and a Kids Zone with bouncy castles, trampolines, face painting and many more attractions. Four lucky patrons will go home with impressive gate prizes including a microwave, US$100 while the largest family will win a ‘Household Hamper’ including Ariel Soap Powder, Swinger Matches, Rage Insecticide, Hefty Garbage Bags, Trin Chloro Bleach and Squeezy compliments of AnsaMcAl.
Father Moey and Determine Family, Selector Face and DJ Winston (Linden) will provide all the entertainment. The entrance fee for Adults is $500 and Children $200.
AnsaMcal under the Lucozade Energy Drink and Stag Beer brands, National Sports Commission, Ministry of Social Cohesion, Ministry of Natural Resources, Jude Cycle Shop, Starr Party Rentals and The Original Palm Court are the sponsors to confirm their support for the activity thus far.
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