For the first time in Guyana, there will be a tertiary track and field competition across the country.
This was disclosed by Minister of Social Cohesion Dr. George Norton during a recent meeting in New Amsterdam. The initiative, which is aimed at boosting sports at the tertiary, is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Social Cohesion and the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG).
“We have what is referred to as the tertiary level competition in August for the first time where the athletes from the University of Guyana, Cyril Potter College of Education, the GuySuCo Training Institute, from the Berbice Technical Institute and all of the technical institutes beyond that of the secondary school, including the sixth form schools participating,” Norton stated.
He said that for the government, sport is much more than just a pastime. At the secondary level, there is the National School’s Championship which has grown into one of the country’s main athletic events. The minister said that the hope is that the tertiary level competition will also become as popular.
Only recently, the government made public a draft of the National Sports Policy signalling the way forward for sports in Guyana.
By: Isaiah Braithwaite.