GOA boss tells certified Sports Administrators to `SIP’
… three-day Olympic Solidarity course a success By Allan La Rose Guyana Chronicle
November 21, 2006

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GUYANA Olympic Association (GOA) president, K. Juman-Yassin called on participants of the 8th Olympic Solidarity Sports Administration course to ‘SIP’ as they go back to their respective Associations with the knowledge they would have acquired.

The Attorney-at-Law was, on Sunday night, delivering his charge to the fifteen successful Sports Administrators at the closing ceremony held at Olympic House where the three--day course was conducted.

“I just want to close by asking you to watch the way you conduct yourself in the future. Remember the small word SIP, and let that be your guide in the things that you do as a Sports Administrator and the things that you do as a person, generally.”

“I believe if you should follow SIP it will be good for you, good for the charges under you and good for Sports, generally. The ‘S’ is for Sincerity. The ‘I’ is for Integrity… and the ‘P’ is for Positive,” the GOA boss explained.

The course which covered a wide range of roles expected of Sports Administrators was coordinated by GOA officials Claude Blackmore and Garfield Wiltshire and was attended by officials from the Associations of Athletics, Cycling, Football, Karate, Table Tennis, Hockey, Swimming, Taekwondo, Dynamic Women in Sports and the Guyana Teachers Union.

For the first time since the inception of these courses, eight years ago, there was a presentation by the Minister of Sport, who lectured on ‘Government and the Relationship with Sports Associations’.

Juman-Yassin who has been at the helm of the GOA for the last six years urged participants to work with the Government to realise sporting programmes, “What we, being involved in Sports, have to do is work together. We need to have a common position and we need to work with the Government, with the Ministry and support them in the things that we feel are right and proper. I am not saying to support ‘willy-nilly’. If something is not right, it’s not right, full stop. But those sporting programmes we need to support them. As time goes on, once we can show them that we can be a good partner then I am certain they will wish to have our intervention and assistance.”

Among the presenters were Dr Clive Bowman, Dr Dennis Dookhan, Karen Pilgrim and Gem Fletcher as well as GOA Council members and executives Lennox Shuffler, Charles Corbin, Mayfield Trim-Taylor, Hector Edwards, Ivor O’Brien, Wiltshire and Blackmore.

In addition there were presentations by UG’s PRO, Paulette Paul, Attorney-at-Law Kashir Khan, Chairman of NSC Conrad Plummer and Puisne Judge Roxanne George who delivered a piece on HIV/AIDS.

Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) representative Frederick Granger topped the participants in the test that was conducted at the end of the course. Cornel Rose of the Athletics Association was second and Paula Pereira of the GTU third. All 15 participants passed with eight gaining ‘A’ grade.

The other top performers were Jonathan Yearwood, Godfrey Munroe, Shirley Hooper, Edna Rodrigues and Allan La Rose. The others who participated and received certificates were Lynette Torrington, Colin Hodge, Clive Profitt, Judy Gravesande-Noel, Carl Franklin, Marvin Singh and Alim Azimullah.