Women's Issues In Guyana

GWBA doing a fantastic job – Sports Minister

Posted in Sports by wiig on January 25, 2008
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-Ministry to offer more support
Kaieteur News – January 25, 2008

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport: Dr. Frank Anthony yesterday lauded the efforts of the Guyana Women’s Basketball Association (GWBA) to popularise the women’s version of the sport in Guyana.

The minister extolled the association during a courtesy call at his Main Street office yesterday to formally update him on the body’s inaugural participation at the Gillian Brazier Basketball Shoot–Out in Antigua from January 17–20. “They are doing well; the girls are excited and the manager and coaches have been doing a fantastic job,” Anthony said, adding that if the association can inspire more women to play the sport, it would be to their advantage.

The team, which was coached by Mark Agard, Abdullah Hamid and United States–based Carolyn Harvey–Mounir and managed by GWBA facilitator: Michaela Burnette, placed second in the four–team tournament in Antigua.

Host Antigua went on to beat Guyana in the final while St Kitts placed third to round off the top three teams.

“They have been doing a lot of work and in whatever way we can support, we will,” the minister said while stating that the ministry had lent support during the preparation phases by allowing the association access to national facilities.

He said that the team was allowed to overnight (if necessary) at the National Gymnasium and use the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall for practice. The relationship, he said, will continue once the GWBA maintains its success.

“I am sure that this triumph will inspire them to do better,” Anthony remarked.

Burnette along with a handful of the players that toured Antigua promised the minister a better showing next time around. The GWBA facilitator reminded the minister of the recent history of women’s basketball. She said that the second place finish must be understood in the context that the women’s version of the sport was almost on the brink of extinction before the GWBA was formed last October. Burnette gave the minister an insight into some of the difficulties they face in their endeavour to have competitive women teams at all levels. The minister acknowledged and reiterated the support of the ministry.


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