Forde tipped for 2002 junior sportsman award

Stabroek News
January 14, 2003

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Rising Stars athlete Clevland Forde, is tipped to cart off the 2002 Junior Sportsman of the Year award, when members of the selection panel meet on January 24, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

Forde who has represented Guyana at several international meets over the past few years, has dominated local middle distance events.

Last year, Forde won a Junior Carifta Games gold medal in the 500-metre event. He was the only Guyanese gold medal winner at the meet.

The Caribbean under-20 champion in the 5000 and 10,000-metre events also won a gold medal in the under-20 category of the 5000-metre race at the Trinidad Texaco Games. He was fourth overall.

At the Central American and Caribbean Games held in Barbados, Forde won silver medals in both the 5000 and 10,000-metre races, and was the only Caribbean athlete to medal in the latter. He was also the only Guyanese to land a medal at the meet.

The current local junior record holder who is a mere 30 seconds away from breaking George DePeana's 48-year-old record for the 10,000-metre race, also won the under-20 category of the Run Barbados 10K. In that event, he placed fourth overall.

On the local scene, Forde won the 1500, 5000 and 10,000-metre events at the National Schools Championships, setting a record for the 10,000-metre and was adjudged Champion Boy.

He also won the YMCA's 10K Road Race, the Mark Williams 5K Road Race and the Linden Day of Sports' 5000-metre event.

He was second to Caribbean champion athlete and Olympian, Pamos Ballytine in the Seon Blacks 10K Road Race and second also in the Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana's national 5000-metre event.

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