Development still ahead for Guyana’s swimmers

September 19, 2020

first_imgAT the recentlyl held Inter Guiana Games (IGG), Guyana’s Swim team was overwhelmed by Suriname, when the visitors once again dominated the IGG Swimming event at the National Aquatic Centre. The Suriname team, boosted by a number of CARIFTA swimmers, won both the male and female categories despite creditable performances from our local swimmers.In the aftermath of the performances, there have been criticisms that swimming in Guyana is stagnated,since our local talent was outperformed with the exception of the George sisters, Danielle and Jadyn,as well as Olympic competitor Hannibal Gaskin.However, Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) President,Ivan Persaud,answered those critics by stating that it is unfair to judge a sport that only recently begun a comprehensive program.“Relatively,our children did well and you have to take into account that all of Suriname’s swimmers were CARIFTA swimmers while we in Guyana have never won a CARIFTA medal.The one person who won a CARIFTA medal for Guyana never trained in Guyana,”stated Persaud.Persaud was of the view that the Association should be judged after the four-year Olympic cycle program instituted comes to an end when Guyana hosts the Goodwill games next year.“We are developing and we have a group of children who we are looking to for the future of swimming in Guyana,” added Persaud.He said that presently there are 9 and 10 year-old swimmers who have broken the 30 second barrier and are swimming below 30 seconds;something that only happened with 13 and 15 year-olds.“We’ve never had a swimming program implemented in schools;swimming has only been done at the club level and once everything goes accordingly,swimming in school will start next year,” stated Persaud.The GASA president was quick to point out that some of those swimmers,including Leon Seaton, Raekwon Noel, Jadyn and Danielle George and Alika Persaud,are currently part of the Olympic programme.With the GASA elections held yesterday at Olympic House, it will be interesting to see what happens next for Guyana’s swimming. The rest of the year for swimming competitions is bright,with the first event being the Joint Services swimming competition slated for today from 10hrs. Following this will be the GASA official clinic which runs from November 12-16,when a FINA coach will be present to conduct the clinic.Swimming will also see action in the National Schools Championships on November 21 with the GASA Nationals coming the weekend after.last_img read more

10 fun facts you need to know before SU women’s basketball plays Oklahoma State

September 16, 2020

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 8 seed Syracuse (22-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) opens up its NCAA Tournament on Saturday against No. 9 seed Oklahoma State (20-10, 11-7 Big 12). The game tips off at 3:30 p.m. in Starkville, Mississippi.Before the game gets underway, here are 10 fun facts about Oklahoma State University.1. Everyone’s best friendOklahoma State has the most expansive pet therapy program in the nation. With 22 pet therapy teams, Pete’s Pet Posse is a group that helps stressed-out students relax and spend time with dogs around campus. Established in 2013, the group hosts multiple weekly events, including “MuttDay Monday” and “Waggin’ Wednesday.” Petting dogs and owning dogs has been proven to decrease blood pressure and increase life expectancy. 2. Garth BrooksThere is only one artist in music history to achieve diamond status on seven different albums, and he’s an OSU alum. Garth Brooks earned a track scholarship to the Oklahoma State to throw javelin. He graduated with an advertising degree in 1984. 3. “This town ain’t big enough for the two of us”In 2014, OSU sent a cease and desist letter to New Mexico State University, claiming that NMSU stole the mascot idea of the Cowboys. In an attempt to protect the patented Pistol Pete trademark, OSU sent the letter because it believed that New Mexico State’s “Classic Aggie” was a copy of Pistol Pete. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text4. BedlamOklahoma State’s biggest rival across all sports is Oklahoma, with the inter-school battles known as the Bedlam Series. No one actually knows why the term Bedlam was used to describe the rivalry, but we do know that the rivalry name started not on the gridiron but on the wrestling mats. The dictionary describes bedlam as “a scene of uproar and confusion.”5. Embracing historyAccording to the National Center for Educational Statistics in 2011, no school has more Native Americans graduate in educational categories than Oklahoma State. 9.2 percent of OSU’s campus is Native American, unsurprising considering that there are more Native Americans in Oklahoma than any U.S. state besides California. 6. Not exactly Monday Night RawThe National Wrestling Hall of Fame is located in Stillwater, home of the OSU campus. The interactive museum opened in 1976 after a vote in 1972 awarded the Hall of Fame to Stillwater instead of Waterloo, Iowa. 7. OkrahomaThe state of Oklahoma designated an official state meal in 1988, and it sounds more like three meals. It consists of fried okra, cornbread, barbecue pork, squash, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn and strawberries.8. No false alarmsOklahoma State is home to the International Fire Service Training Association, which publishes more on fire safety than anyone in North America. It produces e-books, manuals, videos and online courses to help with fire prevention.9. Thinking forwardOklahoma State is one of six universities that is a “sun grant college,” meaning it receives government money to research and develop environmentally-friendly biofuel alternatives. With America looking to become less dependent on fossil fuels going forward, OSU is leading the research into other methods.  10. Healthy and happy, they thinkOSU has claimed to be “the healthiest college” in the United States. It says that being the first school to have a stand-alone wellness center, the first to have a comprehensive pet therapy program and the second to go tobacco-free makes it better than the rest. However, a USA Today ranking in 2013 placed it 18th. Comments Published on March 17, 2018 at 3:04 am Contact Anthony: [email protected]last_img read more

Pat Lam to leave Connacht at the end of the season

September 9, 2020

first_imgLam has described the decision to leave as “one of the most difficult I’ve had to make in my life” but says he is proud to pass on the baton knowing that Connacht “is truly seen as one of four strong provinces of Irish rugby.”Connacht CEO Willie Ruane has paid tribute to Lam and says they “remain extremely confident and excited about the future.”He also confirmed that they will begin talks with the IRFU immediately to start the process of recruiting Lam’s replacement.Lam made no reference to his future after Saturday’s bonus point win over Treviso, and instead spoke of having more of his players fit heading into the Christmas period. Connacht have announced the departure of head coach Pat Lam at the end of the season.Lam is leaving the club to take up a new role as head coach of English Premiership side Bristol next summer.The New Zealand native is in his fourth year at Connacht and famously led them to their first Guinness Pro 12 title last season.last_img read more