Rahim, Campbell cop Berbice top sport awards
Guyana Times article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Powerlifter Vijai Rahim and West Indies female cricketer Shemaine Campbell were named Berbice Male and Female Sportpersons when the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) hosted its second annual Gregory Gaskin Memorial Berbice Sports Award at the St Francis Training Centre recently.
The Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) received the Sports Association-of-the-Year award, while popular Berbice cycling coach, Randolph Roberts, copped the prestigious Sport Personality-of-the-Year prize.
Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC, Hilbert Foster, stated that the main aims of the Gregory Gaskin Memorial Award were to recognise and honour outstanding Berbicians who performed well in sports during the calendar year, to promote sports as a safe avenue for youths and to identify positive role models for youths to emulate.
Foster, the 2011 National Sport Personality awardee, urged the awardees to maintain the high standard they have set themselves and to be positive role models to every youth in Berbice as the Ancient County needs its youths to be moulded properly. He expressed gratitude to Noreen Gaskin and the Management of Sentinel Security for their sponsorship of the award.
Chris Thompson, Sentinel Director of Operations, informed the large gathering that his company was pleased to be associated with the highly successful RHTY&SC to honour the late Gregory Gaskin, who was the CEO of Cops Security Limited.
Gaskin, the son of late West Indies Test player Berkley Gaskin, and the late Minister of Education Winifred Gaskin, was a strong believer in sports and a practising motor biker.
Thompson stated that Noreen Gaskin, widow of the late Gregory, is a strong believer in sports as an avenue to keep youths off the streets and expressed the hope that the Berbice Sports Award would become the top award in Guyana.
Rahim in 2013 copped Bronze, Silver and Gold medals while representing Guyana overseas and was named best lifter at the National Powerlifting Championship held in November 2013. Campbell in 2013 became the first Guyanese female cricketer to score an international century and was also named National Sportswoman for 2013 by the National Sports Commission (NSC).
Flying Ace cycling coach Randolph Roberts organised numerous cycling events in 2013 and also coached most of the county’s leading cyclists. The Berbice Volleyball Association had a highly successful 2013 with the hosting of several volleyball tournaments at all levels and they also organised numerous developmental programmes to promote the game in the county.
President of the BVA, Gregory Rambarran, praised the RHTY&SC for its foresight in hosting the awards and pledged on behalf of the awardees that they will uphold their standards and keep the flag of Berbice flying high in the future.
Each of the awardees received a plaque, medal and trophy along with a collection of gifts from the club. The award programme was organised by the cricket teams of the RHTY&SC namely Farfan and Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Metro Female and Gizmos and Gadgets Under-21 and First Division.
First Published In The Guyana Times.