Women In Sport in impressive displays
Stabroek News
March 11, 2002

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Despite a disappointing crowd the female sports fraternity in Guyana produced impressed with well done exhibitions in a number of disciplines at the Female Cavalcade of Sport show at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall yesterday.

The second staging of the event had among other displays in archery and weightlifting, two of the rare disciplines contested in the country.

All of the demonstrations were done in the confines of the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall including those that are restricted to outdoor facilities.

Archery was done by competitors from the interior while the more popular football and cricket displays were also included.

Swimming displays were performed by members of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association but it was restricted to standing shadow displays within the hall.

Among the other participating disciplines were boxing, done by top woman pugilist Gwendolin O'Neil, table tennis, basketball, netball volleyball and badminton.

There were exhibition booths where sports equipment and archives of sports accomplishments of Guyanese women were displayed.

In an invited comment, Dr Monica Benn, a member of the Women in Sport Working Group, which staged the event, said the idea of staging it was to encourage and attract the interest of young women and parents, but she expressed disappointment that not many mothers were around to see their offspring perform.

The sports medicine specialist pointed that such activities are done with a great deal of success in the United States where it has boosted the interest of women in sport.

She also said that it was unfortunate that no member of the Guyana Olympic Association, the umbrella governing body for the sport, was present.