Plans on stream for kayaking workshop – ‘native sports’ development being explored

DPI, GUYANA, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The National Sports Commission (NSC) is looking to develop small sporting disciplines in various regions that are native to the residents. Kayaking is one such sport that the NSC is looking to explore.

Just recently, an archery coaching workshop was launched. Director of Sport, Christopher Jones pointed out that efforts are being made for a similar workshop to be conducted for kayaking.

“In Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine, the students use canoes to get to school on a daily basis, therefore they are actually naturally versed in kayaking from an early age” Jones stated.

For the archery workshop, the participants were exposed to training by a renowned international Archery Coach, Phillip Graves. Before the end of 2018, the Sport Director is hopeful that someone of the same calibre can facilitate a similar workshop for kayaking on a countrywide basis.

“We are currently looking into bringing in a professional to conduct those training sessions. Therefore, athletes in Regions, One, Seven, Eight and Nine would have an opportunity like those on the coastland to participate in sport.”

This is forms part of the government’s efforts to have sports in Guyana developed countrywide; moving away from it being centred mainly on the coastland.

Director of Sport, Christopher Jones.


By: Isaiah Braithwaite

Photos by: Leroy Lyttle


Editor’s Note: A kayak is a small, narrow watercraft which is propelled by means of a double-bladed paddle. Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle.