By Zaheer Mohamed
Linden emerged champions of the National Islamic Sister’s Association (NISA) sports day held on Sunday at Muslim Youth Organisation, Woolford Avenue.
Following the opening remarks by the Ameera of NISA Taaherah Ally, the event got underway with the sprint events on a day that Muslims commemorate the birth and death anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Apart from the sprints, there were some novelty events and the sisters from the mining town chalked up 195 points to take the overall title while Essequibo took the runner up spot on 187 points followed by Upper East Coast Demerara on 160.
West Coast Demerara/Bartica placed fourth on 155 points followed by West Bank Demerara and Georgetown on 151 points each, New Amsterdam
and Lower Corentyne on 131, Lower East Coast Demerara 120, East Bank Demerara 110 and West Coast Berbice on 108.
Safeena Mohamed of West Coast Demerara won the 100m U9 race ahead of Ronalisha Baird of Linden. Akeelah Hinckson of Georgetown grabbed the 100m U13 event while Quinola Richmond of Linden placed second. Akeelah Eastman of Georgetown won the 100m U15 race and Lecia Dorrick of West Coast Demerara placed second. The 16-20 100m event was taken by Asiyah Eastman of Georgetown ahead of Marisa Sue of Essequibo.
Erika Khan of Linden carted off the 21-30 100m title, while Fazeena Ali of New Amsterdam and Lower Corentyne took the runner up spot.
The 60m U8 was won by Atiesha Sugrim of Upper East Coast Demerara and Bibi Isheka Ali of West Coast Berbice finished second.
The penalty shoot out was won by Salmah Ghanie of East Bank Demerara ahead of Sheliza Haroon of West Coast Demerara; Titania Chow of West Coast Demerara took the top podium spot in 60m 31-40 and Asiyah Haqq of Linden claimed second place; Ackulma Thomas of Linden won 60m 41 and over event while Faatimah Wilson of West Bank Demerara placed second.
The 60m Ameera race was taken by Fazeena Ali of New Amsterdam and Lower Corentyne and Tahirah Gafoor of Upper East Coast Demerara placed second. Quinola Richmond of Linden won the 200m U13 event and Lecia Dorrick of West Coast Demerara placed second. Ceria Smartt of West Coast Demerara took gold in the 200m U15 race while Shanesa Mc Laggen of New Amsterdam and Lower Corentyne took the second podium spot. Marisa Sue of Essequibo won the 200m U16 ahead of Erika Khan of Linden. These events were followed by the novelty contest and among the winners were; Zahrah Alli of Essequibo, Aleema Khan of East Bank Demerara; Ameera Ally of Essequibo and Shanesa Mc Laggen of New Amsterdam and Lower Corentyne.
Speaking with Kaieteur Sport following the presentation ceremony, Taaherah Ally, said this is the first time in over a decade they have hosted this event which includes all the districts across Guyana.
“The objective was to bring everybody together so as to build sisterhood thereby making the bond stronger whereas we can meet at one venue and compete in a friendly atmosphere.”
She added that everybody was happy about the event and it will be staged annually.
NISA is the women’s arm of the Guyana Islamic Trust (GIT).
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