Medals are the ultimate goal, but key to development at SA Youth Games – Guyana newsroom


By Avenash Ramzan

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While the ultimate goal is to secure medals at the third South American Youth Games in Rosario, Argentina, the key for the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) is for athletes to progress from their current status at this stage. criticism of their development.

The Games are billed from April 28 to May 8 and Guyana will be represented in five disciplines: badminton, basketball, boxing, swimming and table tennis.

GOA Vice President Godfrey Munroe, moments after announcing the traveling contingent at a press conference on Saturday, said: “I think this is a great opportunity for our young Olympic hopefuls to get involved. , so at the Olympic Association, we are very happy that this good nucleus of athletes is participating in these Games.

“Being pragmatic, we understand where our athletes are and where the competition is. As most coaches have pointed out, the area is tough. Medal prospects are always welcome, but we would like to see good performances in terms of personal bests and athletes giving their best.

Munroe also said it’s important for athletes to have the right attitude and discipline because “those are pillars to build on.”

More than 2,000 athletes aged 14 to 18, representing the 15 countries of the South American Sports Organization, will compete in 26 disciplines, the vast majority of which are on the Olympic programme.

Guyana will be represented at the Games by:

Badminton: Matthieu Béharry. Jonathan Mangra is the coach

Basketball (3×3): Anthony Kimol, Man-son-Hing Camelo, Arrindell Matthias and Travis Patrick Anthony Lewis. Junior Hercule is the trainer

Boxing: Travis Inverary. Sebert Blake is the coach

Swim: Leon Seaton, Paul Mahaica Jr., Vladimir Woodroffe, Patrice Mahaica, Ariel Rodrigues, Zara Cane. Paul Mahaica Sr. is the coach

Table tennis: Jasmine Billingy, Thuraia Thomas, Jonathan Van Lange and Kristian Sahadeo. Idi Lewis is the coach

Munroe clarified that notifications had been sent to other GOA affiliates to submit athletes to the Games, but “these were the only responsive disciplines”.

Accompanying the athletes, parents and coaches, Chef de Mission Nalini McKoy, GOA President KA Juman-Yassin and General Secretary (ag) Deion Nurse.

GOA Treasurer Garfield Wiltshire singled out Eureka Labs for particular praise for once again providing the COVID-19 PCR tests for the traveling contingent.

COACHES COMMENTS

Badminton coach Jonathan Mangra (left) and Matthew Beharry (Photo: Newsroom/Avenash Ramzan/April 23, 2022)

Jonathan Mangra (Badminton): “It will be very good for him to gain experience abroad. It will be his first tournament competing on the international stage. He will gain a lot of experience from this step in his development.

Coach Sebert Blake (left) and boxer Travis Inverary (Photo: Newsroom/Avenash Ramzan/April 23, 2022)

Sebert Blake (Boxing): “Travis will compete in the 57-63 kg category. Our intention is to get on the podium and we are doing our best to get there. We are in our last stage of preparation and I assure you that he will give his best and probably win this medal.

Left to right: Coach Paul Mahaica Snr. and swimmers Paul Mahaica Jr. Vladimir Woodroffe, Zara Cane, Ariel Rodrigues and Patrice Mahaica. Leon Seaton is out (Photo: Newsroom/Avenash Ramzan/April 23, 2022)

Paul Mahaica Sr. (Swim): “We have six talented swimmers who will be the pride of Guyana. They are training very hard for these Games and they are looking forward to swimming fast. These are the athletes you would often see because they are swimming great times and will soon be bringing home medals.

Left to right: Coach Idi Lewis with table tennis players Kristian Sahadeo, Jasmine Billingy, Thuraia Thomas and Jonathan Van Lange (Photo: Press Room/Avenash Ramzan/April 23, 2022)

Idi Lewis (table tennis): “The preparation is going quite well. The players have started preparation at their respective clubs and they are currently under the guidance of the top Cuban coach (Osdani Romero Garcia). Apart from Jonathan, I think the other three players are in their first Major Games and I know it will be a great experience for them.

*The basketball players nor the coach were present at Saturday’s press conference.

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