London-born weightlifter to represnt Guyana in Athens
- Deion Nurse to serve as manager
August 1, 2004
General Secretary of the Guyana Amateur Weightlifting Association (GAWA) Deion Nurse will accompany London-born Julian Mcwatt who will represent Guyana at the Olympics later this month in Athens, Greece.
Nurse is expected to leave on Saturday for Greece.
He will be joined by Mcwatt approximately by the middle of August.
Due to the small contingent of athletes Guyana will be sending to the Olympics this year most likely Nurse will have to double as both the manager and coach of Mcwatt while in Athens.
Speaking to Stabroek Sport yesterday, Nurse said that the trip to the Olympics, which has not been made for 40 years by a weightlifter representing Guyana, is extremely important to the development of the sport here.
"Even if Mcwatt does not win anything at the Olympics his visit there alone would augur well for Guyanese weightlifters; they will be encouraged by it and might work harder at the sport.
"It would encourage new persons to the sport, while giving it the type of exposure it needs where business entities are concerned," he added.
Mcwatt, who is 26 years old, was born in London but has Guyanese parents. The light heavyweight lifter has been representing Guyana since 1999.
In 2000 he won a bronze medal in the Guatemala Cup considered one of the best performance by a Guyanese weighlifter in recent times, while he also represented Guyana at the CAC games in 2001, the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002, and the Crillo Cup last year.
Guyana's last participant at the Olympics was Martin Dias who placed fourth in 1964. Dias, originally was tied for third but since he was heavier than his opponent he was given fourth place.