Teixeira calls for sports development plan

By Michael DaSilva
Stabroek News
February 18, 2001

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Gail Teixeira, has called on the National Sports Commission (NSC) and national sports associations to formulate a plan for the development of sports in Guyana.

In her message to Guyana's top sports personalities for the year 2000 read by Prime Minister Sam Hinds at the National Sports Awards Ceremony, held at the National Cultural Centre on Friday night, Teixeira called on sports associations to put forward a five-year development plan and informed that the Guyana Football Federation has already put up a 14-year plan that will end in 2014.

Teixeira left Guyana for Las Vegas USA on Friday, as the Government's representative at the Andrew Six Head Lewis versus James Page world welterweight title fight, and in her absence, the Prime Minister delivered her address.

In her message she stated that sport is very important to all and requires dedication. "It offers rivalry for friendship and is not all about being healthy but having fun for life".

She also made a call for sports to be accessible to everyone in Guyana and informed that this year has been designated "Women In Sport" and with this in mind a cavalcade of sport among Guyanese women is being planned.

According to the Minister, some schools will benefit from a donation of sport equipment, compliments of the Rotary International. "I hope the schools use these equipment wisely," she said..

The minister alluded to the fact that sport and physical education not being taught in schools, and made a call for clubs to come forward and get involved in assisting schools with sports programmes, since, after a time, the clubs will have a wide range of talent to choose from which would be to their benefit.

"Sport is too important to our country for us not to develop,"sport belongs to the athletes, she said but queried the number of sportsmen women who are members of association executives.

Hinds congratulated the awardees personally and said that an Under-15 football team from England is expected in Guyana during April for a series of matches against local teams.

Those receiving awards were; Ramnaresh Sarwan (Sportsman), Wayne Braithwaite (runner-up sportsman), Nicolette Fernandes (senior and junior sportswoman), Marian Burnette (runner-up sportswoman), Cassandra Lall (runner-up junior sportswoman), Vishwanauth Sukmangal (junior sportsman), Assad Fudadin (runner-up junior sportsman), Lavern Fraser-Thomas (sports coach), K.A. Juman Yassin (male sports personality), Denise Carryl (female sports personality), Visham Ramsaywack (sports journalist), Dennis Berne (person with disability), Guyana Rifle Association (team award) and Guyana Squash Association (sports association).

The presentations to the awardees were made by Prime Minister Sam Hinds, retired Chief Justice Rudolph Harper, Mrs. Ken DeAbreu and Mrs Conrad Plummer.

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