OLYMPIAN Winston George, CARIFTA Games medallists Andrea Foster, Chintoba Bright, and South American Youth Championships silver medallist, Daniel Williams, were among those who received athlete of the year awards, in various categories, when the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) held its annual award ceremony last Saturday night at the YMCA.Loud applause greeted the announcement that Coach Johnny Greavesande, of the Upper Demerara athletics club, won the Coach of the Year Award.Most of the night’s awards were generally predictable, given the small pool from which the athletes had to be chosen, making Guyana’s most outstanding athletes easily identifiable.The Youth Female Athlete of the Year and Youth Male Athlete of the Year deservingly went to Lindeners Chintoba Bright, and Daniel Williams, respectively, both of whom are coached by Greavesande.Bright, who last year peaked with a 6.09m in the female long-jump, won two bronze medals at the CARIFTA Games and another bronze medal at the South American Youth Championships (SAYC). Locally, she produced the year’s best female jump in the long-jump.Williams, who finished second place in the boys’ Under- 18 400m at the CARIFTA Games, but was later disqualified for a lane violation, later went on to be Guyana’s most decorated athlete at the SAYC, winning two silvers and a bronze medal.Some of the coaches who received their IAAF Level I coaches certificatesFor his many stellar performances last year, including representing Guyana at the Rio Olympics, George, for the second consecutive year, won Senior Male Athlete of the Year. The men’s 400m national record holder triumphed over fellow sprinter Rupert Perry and AP Invitational men’s 800m winner, Devaun Barrington. Perry took the runner-up spot.Coming up against sprinters Alita Moore, and Aniquah Powley, high-jumper Hooper was adjudged to have the best track record last year and won the Senior Female of the Year award, leaving Moore as the runner-up. George, who is currently training in the U.S., and Hooper, who is on a scholarship in Jamaica, received their awards in absentia, as did Foster.Foster retained the title of Junior Female Athlete of the Year. The CARIFTA Games bronze medallist prevailed over CARIFTA Games silver medallist Natricia Hooper, a judgment that some questioned.Hooper finished in the runner-up position, while the other nominee of this category was Jevina Sampson, who also attended last year’s CARIFTA Games but failed to impress. Both Foster and Natricia are away on scholarships at Essex College in the U.S.Both Foster and Hooper had medalled at last year’s CARIFTA Games. Foster, a distance runner won two bronze, and Hooper took silver in the triple-jump. However, Foster also performed well at other regional meets, including copping two gold medals at Trinidad’s annual Hampton International Games, and a silver at Trinidad’s National Seniors.Locally, Foster championed the women’s 800m at the AP Invitational, where Natricia won silver in the women’s triple-jump. Foster also took a gold at the National Seniors. Natricia finished with two silvers at the National Seniors.The Junior Male Athlete of the Year award was starved for nominees, and that award went to Inter- Guiana Games gold medallist, Compton Caesar. Like George and Foster, Caesar was also a repeat awardee, moving up from the Youth Male Athlete of the Year award that he won last year. Runner-up Odwin Tudor was the only other nominee in this category.The night’s ceremony also saw the 23 coaches who recently completed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Level One coaches course being awarded their certificates. The course was topped by Kenisha Headley, one of only three females who participated in the programme.The ceremony was attended by Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, and president of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) K.Juman-Yassin , who both called for more to be done for athletes and coaches, throwing around the idea that athletes and coaches need to be given monthly stipends.Jones said the National Sports Commission already has several coaches on its payroll with plans to expand.
THE Guyana Jaguars bowlers were able to maintain total control during the final session of play yesterday, which ultimately left the visiting Windward Islands Volcanoes with a mountain to climb, in order to save the sixth round Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day encounter.Shivnarine ChanderpaulAt the end of day two at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, the tourists, batting a second time were 127-6, an overall lead of 50 runs.After dismissing the Jaguars for 194 in their first innings, the strong second-innings reply the visitors expected, however, did not materialise, as an impressive Jaguars bowling attack had inflicted irreparable damage.With the clouds gathering and the floodlights on, batting became more difficult as the three-time defending champions relentlessly pressed home their advantage.Medium pacer Sherfane Rutherford (2-19) was the main destroyer in the Volcanoes’ second innings, while Keon Joseph, Keemo Paul, and left-arm spinners Veerasammy Permaul and Gudakesh Motie claimed a wicket apiece.Devon Smith struggled initially, but was there at the close on 49, and was the only batsman to offer any form of resistance.Earlier, the Jaguars’ innings was built on the back of a solid 59 from veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.Resuming at 78-2, the Jaguars lost both overnight batsmen inside the first ten overs of the day.Vishaul Singh failed to add to his overnight seven when he played all around a full-length delivery from left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson in the day’s fourth over, and had his leg-stump uprooted.The senior Chanderpaul, who is West Indies’ second most prolific Test batsman, scoring 11 867 in 164 Tests, joined his 21-year-old son; but the father-son combination was not productive after the young Chanderpaul was caught down the leg side off Shermon Lewis (3-62) for 36 off 126 balls.Anthony Bramble (5) was then trapped lbw to Kyle Mayers (2-56) and Keemo Paul (0) succumbed moments later, when he offered a simple return catch to off-spinner Shane Shillingford (4-36). The three-time defending champions were in a tangle at 98-6.However, the 43-year-old and Rutherford combined to steady the innings and had steered the home side to 144-6 at the lunch interval with Chanderpaul, who hit consecutive cover boundaries off Mayers at one point during that period, on 33, and the teenager on 12.The post-lunch session saw Rutherford last seven balls before he was bowled by Shillingford for 13.Permaul and Chanderpaul then took the score to 178, and during that period Chanderpaul brought up his half-century before a double blow from Shillingford saw the demise of Permaul (22) and Motie (0) in successive deliveries.Mayers then removed Chanderpaul which brought an end to the innings. The visitors’ openers Devon Smith and Tyron Theophile cautiously guided their side through to tea on 24 without loss.Theophile fell soon after the interval, caught at the wicket off Joseph for 16 while Rutherford claimed the wickets of Taryck Gabriel and Miles Bascombe. Both batsmen made nine runs.Smith was joined by Roland Cato, but his stay was also short after he was trapped lbw to left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie for four.Smith and Donwell Hector took the total to 102, after which Hector went lbw to Permaul for 20 while Paul bowled Mayers.Play resumes at 09:30hrs.SCOREBOARDGUYANA JAGUARS 1st innings (o/n 78-2)T. Chanderpaul c wkp. Smith b Lewis 36C. Hemraj b Lewis 29L. Johnson c wkp. Smith b Lewis 4V. Singh b Johnson 7S. Chanderpaul c Theophile b Mayers 59A. Bramble lbw b Mayers 5K. Paul c & b Shillingford 0S. Rutherford b Shillingford 13V. Permaul b Shillingford 22G. Motie c Smith Shillingford 0K. Joseph not out 1Extras: (b-4, lb-6, nb-8) 18Total: (all out, 71.4 overs) 194Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-63, 3-80, 4-90, 5-97, 6-98, 7-154, 8-178, 9-178.Bowling: Lewis 16-6-62-3, Johnson 15-7-19-1, Mayers 19.4-5-56-2, Shillingford 18-7-36-4, Theophile 2-1-8-0, Cato 1-0-3-0WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES 2nd inningsD. Smith not out 49T. Theophile c wkp. Bramble b Joseph 16T. Gabriel b Rutherford 9M. Bascombe lbw b Rutherford 9R. Cato lbw b Motie 4D. Hector lbw b Permaul 20K. Mayers b Paul 11Extras: (nb-1, b-5, lb-2) 8Total: (for six wickets, 43.2 overs) 127Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-45, 3-56, 4-71, 5-102, 6-127.Bowling: Joseph 11-3-26-1, Paul 10.2-2-22-1, Permaul 11-0-34-1, Rutherford 6-0-19-2, Motie 5-0-19-1.