…encampment and training began last weekendA SQUAD of a whopping 65 athletes, drawn from 11 different clubs, has been put together by the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG for next month’s South American Junior Championships, set for the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora from June 3 to 4.The squad will be led by the athletes who recently represented Guyana at the CARIFTA Games, including gold medallists Compton Caesar, Chantoba Bright, Claudrice McKoy, Natrena Hooper, and silver medallist Anfernee Headecker.The list includes several athletes from clubs outside of Georgetown, apart from Linden. The squad includes Super Upcoming Runners’ athletes from Berbice, while Region One athlete Ricky Williams is listed as representing athletes from Mercury Fast Laners Club.The team also includes at least two overseas-based athletes in Hooper and Guyana Defence Force’s Collia Rowe.A one-month intermittent encampment, began last weekend, May 5, and will conclude on May 28. The athletes will be housed at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.They are being trained by a number of coaches including Anson Ambrose, Johnny Gravesande, Julian Edmonds, Christopher Gaskin, Moses Pantlitz, Robert Chisholm, Rawle Griffith and Quincy Clarke, as well as Kenisha Headley.CARIFTA Games gold medallist Chantoba BrightLooking to use home-ground advantage, the AAG hopes to have maximum participation at this international meet. Guyana will be allowed two athletes per event. The competition comprises 41 individual and four relay events.However, meeting a maximum quota of three athletes in all the events will pose somewhat of a problem for the local side, since Guyana does not traditionally train for or participate in several athletic events.Guyana will be challenged to field athletes in the hurdles as well as the pole vault, steeplechase, hammer throw, decathlon and hepthalon events. Notwithstanding this, Guyana over the past few years made a few small strides in the participation of hurdles events.Manager for the team, Cornel Rose, told Chronicle Sport that the issue is being looked at, and that by next weekend an assessment will be done to know if Guyana will be able to find athletes for these non-traditional events.“We’re trying to, but based on what we see (next) weekend here, we will be able to make a definite decision on that. The coaches are working on that,” Rose explained.Moreover, not all of the athletes on the long list may necessarily make up the final team, as the athletes “will be required to meet set guidelines for further selective process,” according to Rose.
USC women’s lacrosse fell short in a tough NCAA quarterfinal matchup against Boston College on Saturday, losing 20-14 in Newton, Mass. Despite travelling to New England riding a 11-game win streak, the No. 7 Trojans were unable to advance to the semifinals for the second year in a row. The No. 14 Eagles were able to figure out USC’s defense, which up until Saturday had been one of the best in the country, and for the first time all season, USC gave up 20 goals, getting outshot 38-25.The Trojans started the game slow, giving up three unanswered goals in the first seven minutes. Senior attacker Drew Jackson finally opened up the scoring for USC close to 10 minutes into the first half with her 25th goal of the season. But the Trojans slipped further behind as the half progressed, finding themselves down by five goals with about 10 minutes to go until the break.Coming out of the locker room trailing 10-5, freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff and senior attacker Cynthia Del Core each scored to trim the deficit to 3 less than two minutes after the second-half restart. But the Eagles’ offense could not be stopped, countering with three goals of its own. After exchanging goals, USC found itself three goals behind at 15-12, but that was the closest the Trojans would get. BC extended its lead with goals from junior attackers Kaileen Hart and Kenzie Kent.Senior attacker Michaela Michael brought the Trojans closer with a goal to make it 18-14, but the Eagles iced the game with goals from senior attacker Kate Weeks and freshman midfielder Sam Apuzzo, sending the Trojans home with a 20-14 loss. USC is now 0-3 all time against BC, and head coach Lindsey Munday’s squad has yet to make it to the Final Four in the program’s short, five-year history. For USC, Jackson and Del Core finished the day with hat tricks, while freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller, Huff and senior attacker Gabby McMahon notched two goals apiece. Michael, the Trojans’ all-time leading goal scorer, was held off the score sheet until the final five minutes of the second half. Junior goalie Gussie Johns finished the day with eight saves, two ground balls and one turnover. Weeks was the catalyst for the Eagles’ offense on Saturday, leading the team with 9 points (three goals and six assists). In addition to Weeks, four other BC players contributed at least four points. Kent scored six goals, while Hart and senior attacker Kayla O’Connor each recorded hat tricks. Despite the disappointing loss, the Trojans finished the 2017 season with a program-best 18 wins, and in just half a decade of existence, the women’s lacrosse program has emerged as a contender in the MPSF and beyond. Eight seniors played in their final game as Trojans, including all-time points leader Michael, but the class of 2017 leaves the team stronger than they found it, boasting back-to-back conference championships. While USC has found immense success in the regular season in the past couple of seasons, Munday and company will look to take the next step in 2018.
The leadership of the Association of Disabled Females International (ADFI) with offices in Slipway, Monrovia, has embarked on awareness and or education for her members on the effect of Ebola virus disease (EVD) across the country.ADFI is not doing the education alone, but in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Gender and Development, Women none-governmental organization Secretariat by creating awareness on Ebola with focus on persons with various forms of disabilities, especially the women.The Association teaching program is spear-headed by its education focal person, Ms. Nancy Tewah Saa. During the exercise, she is to among other things, teach disabled females with simple versions of messages such like, “The Ebola virus knows no one, prevent yourself and your family. Remember the most vulnerable people in our drive to stop Ebola and kick it out.”Other messages include, “Prevent yourself and family members; help to prevent Ebola from persons living with disabilities, because the disabled community is the most vulnerable group in the dreadful epidemic.”Nancy will then break down those messages, signs and or symptoms of Ebola to say, for example, “Des Ebola na wan tu know, so be careful before a do you wok, etc.”“She will also teach the disable women how to measure the chlorine or Clorox (drop) into a particular bucket of water before it becomes usable for the household. This prevention is necessary to avoid overdose of any quantity of anti Ebola materials specifically the liquid type,” ADFI National Executive Director, Meima Hoff, has said.Ms. Hoff is herself visually impaired. She says in their organization drive to work with the females disabled colleagues in the field, they will give out anti-Ebola detergents, antiseptic Clorox, powder soaps as well as variety of food items valued at US$2, 500.The entire education or awareness campaign, according to her, is being sponsored by Funds Global Human Rights (FGHR) for which the ADFI remained grateful.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)