20 Athletes slated for 2019 CARIFTA Games

― swim association will soon receive a cheque for their participation in the games

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Twenty skilled athletes have been guaranteed participation in the 2019 CARIFTA Games slated to be held in the Cayman Islands.

The team is expected to leave the country on April 17 for the competition which runs from April 20 to 22 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

The squad’s participation has been made possible through the National Sports Commission, which handed over a cheque valued $3M to President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hutson, on Wednesday, to ensure the country’s participation in this year’s CARIFTA games.

Hutson expressed appreciation the Department of Social Cohesion and assured that “the AAG will continue to make Guyana proud, gone are the days when we came back with one bronze medal, and we celebrated but now we are coming back 10 or 12 medals and so I think the athletes need to be encouraged and supported.”

Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that as a result of the improved training they are exposed to there has been a tremendous attitudinal change in athletes which is not going unnoticed.

“The other territories are treating Guyana with much more respect and paying attention to what is taking place. There has been great development in track and field, by leaps and bounds despite us having just one synthetic track; if we take in consideration that shortly we will be having one in Region 6 and 10 we can expect great things happening in track and field.”

Minister Norton said he looks forward to seeing the performances of the country’s top-notch athletes identifying Deshana Skeete among others, as one of the sportspersons he will be expecting great things from.

Director of Sport, Christopher Jones said that the agency will soon provide the swimmers slated to participate in the CARIFTA games with a cheque.

Neola Damon.

Image: Jules Gibson.