Two Guyanese women create weightlifting history
Stabroek News
August 29, 2003

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Subrina Pestano and Alethea Joseph-Letlow created weightlifting history in Guyana Wednesday last when they were approved as the first ever Guyanese women to become International Weightlifting Category 2 Referees by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

Their certification `Cardsí were uplifted from the president of the (IWF) Tamas Ajan on the occasion of the Pan American Games held in the Dominican Republic earlier this month. In addition to Pestano and Joseph-Letlow three men Sean Cozier, Colin McKoy and Deion Nurse were also certified by the international body.

The five now bring the total number of international referees in Guyana to seven, with Joseph Lee Lam and Aubrey Smith the others who are so recognized.

In a related development the GAWA has been invited to participate at the World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Savannah, Georgia, USA from the 2nd-9th of next month.

A five-member team has been selected and includes June Bell, Pestano, Joseph-Letlow, Colin McKoy (lifter/coach) and Deion Nurse (lifter/manager).