Local swimmers expected to make waves when GASA hosts the Goodwill swimming championships
The world’s top swimmers are making waves in the pool at the London Olympics where Guyana’s Niall Roberts finished 48 out of 56 competitors in the 100m freestyle doing a time of 55:66. But come Aug 17-19 local swimmers will be looking to make waves of their own when the GASA hosts the Goodwill swimming championships.
These Championships involve Guyana,Trinidad, Suriname and Barbados and are intended to foster camaraderie among the associations involved. Originally they were also intended to give the developing swimmers a chance to shine.
The 3 day event will take place at the National Aquatic Centre at Lilliendaal, a 50 metre swimming pool but the competition will be ran using the 25 metre width.
Several sponsors are expected to make Guyana’s hosting a memorable one at a facility with international standards.
Guyana’s squad has been training under the guidance of Goodwill Head coach Stephanie Fraser and Coach Isabella from Cuba along with their assistants.
As host Guyana will be looking to put up a good showing by trying to find enough swimmers for each race .
And chess players matched skills on Sunday in the Red Cherry sponsored development programme and they will be in action again on Wednesday at the Keishars sports club.
National Champion taffin Khan has reclaimed the lead after Sundays rounds a lead he lost after the games on 22nd july.
He leads Kriskal Persaud, Rommel Greenidge and Anthony Drayton in the points standings.
The tournament continues with the fourth of six preliminary rounds on Wednesday August 1 from 10:00hrs. More tense encounters and possible upsets are expected as players vie for the top spots in preparation for the finals involving the top four on August 11. The winner of the finals will receive $50,000 cash, a trophy and a Red Cherry voucher worth $50,000. Prizes are also distributed to the top three performers after each preliminary round.