By Sean Devers
The Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPLF) yesterday launched their partnership with Club 704 at the club’s location at Albert and Lamaha Street Georgetown.
The partnership, which GAPLF’s President Ed Caesar hopes was an everlasting one, starts with the staging of the GAPLF’s Club 704 and Banks DIH’s Guinness fundraising Bench Press competition on Saturday from 15:00hrs at 704.
“This is the first of several activities planned to raise funds to send a 15-member team to participate in the North America Powerlifting Championships in Mexico from July 31 to August 4,” informed the Federation’s PRO Runita White.
White added that registration will be done in three categories (Light, Medium and Heavy) and registration starts at 14:00hrs and explained that a scale will be provided to identify the three weight classes.
Admission to the Sky Lounge is $1,000 and anyone from the public can register for free and give themselves the opportunity of winning cash prizes, while at the same time aiding in sending the team to Mexico.
Females are also being encouraged to participate and everyone will have three attempts to see who can Bench Press the most weight in their category.
The President stated that the GAPLF is encouraging everyone to start exercising to build their bodies and mind to produce a strong and healthy Nation.
“Weight training is one of the best ways of getting strong and fit. We got 32 medals for Guyana recently in a tournament in Florida and I call on Government and Cooperate Guyana to support this team which puts Guyana on the map, give this Country glory when we do well,” Caesar stressed.
He said the GAPLF is grateful that Club 704 has come on board and hoped it was a partnership that would be ‘never ending’, adding that it would be great for both parties to have Club 704’s name on their tournaments starting with the Intermediate on May 13 at the Saints Stanislaus College.
National Powerlifter Erwyn Smith, who is also a Committee member of the GAPLF, thanked everyone who has been supporting the Federation and said Saturday’s event could be the chance of rubbing shoulders with some of Guyana’s elite athletes since he is encouraging those from other Sports disciplines to test their strength by participating in the Bench press competition.
Also at yesterday’s launching were Club 704s Mixologist Jermaine Prescod who represented the Club. He said 704 was pleased to be partnering with the GAPLF and informed that he would be participating on Saturday.
Andrea Smith, the General Secretary of GAPLF, thanked Club 704 and Lee Baptiste the Guinness brand Manager at Banks DIH for their supports and also urged the girls to come out and participate in the Bench Press competition.
Dustani Barrow, the General Manager of Club 704, told Kaieteur Sports, when he was approached by the GAPLF to help with their fun raising drive to send a Powerlifting team to Mexico he willingly agreed and has provided the use of their Sky Lounge for Saturday’s Event free of charge.
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