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Clubs wrap up preparations to compete in the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association Championships – 22nd May 2013

shot0002Various clubs are wrapping up their preparations to compete in the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association’s Independence Long course championships at the National Aquatic Centre at Lilliendaal. Over 4 days beginning on Thursday the swimmers will look to make or better their personal best times. The championships will be the first of two National Championships the other coming later in the year and will take place in a 25 metre setting or short course.

Most of the top club swimmers are expected to take to the starting blocks on Thursday, but some will be absent while competing in Barbados this weekend. It is also an opportunity for new competitive swimmers to make their mark.

Preparations are well in train for the National Sports Commission/Amateur Athletics Association Annual Independence Half marathon. This is according to one of the organisers coach Leslie Black. Black said the run on Independence Day will start at Paradise on the East Coast of Demerara and finish at Carifesta Avenue. Several international runners, he said, are expected for the race.

The race is not for juniors so competitors must be 18 years and over and there will be monetary prizes and trophies for the winners in the various categories which include male and female seniors Masters 40-55 and 56 years and over for males and for Females 35 years and over.

Registration for the Half Marathon takes place at the Guyana Olympic Association’s office in High street, Kingston.

Transportation to go to the starting point will leave the Ministry of Culture, Main street at 4:30 in the morning.

In football 6 teams are still standing as the Mackeson Keep Your 5 Alive football competition winds down. The next encounters will take place on Thursday with the finals due for Saturday at the National Park tarmac. Kevin Adonis said that the competition has been going well so far after starting out with 48 teams.

Adonis said the concept of the tournament was to provide inter-community camaraderie.

National rugby captain Theodore Henry said fitness will be one of the main areas of focus as Guyana prepares to face Trinidad and Tobago in the Qualifying stages of the NACRA fifteens Championships. The locals will travel to Trinidad for the clash on June 1st and will be looking to play to their traditional strengths. Henry said that the players will not be taking anything for granted against Trinidad.

The team is expected to leave Guyana at the end of May.

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