By Joe ChapmanNOW that Member of Parliament for Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Jermaine Figueira has announced Tuesday evening that the Bayroc Community Centre ground on the western side of Linden has been identified as the venue for the construction of the internationally recognised 400m synthetic track, to be funded by Government at a cost of $210M, will be laid, there seems to be some uneasiness that due consideration was not given with regard to the history of the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) facility.Looking at this, one wonders if there will be enough cash to fund other relevant basic additional features that are necessary when such an international track is put down on the west bank of Linden.Officials of the MSC are somewhat shocked about this declaration by Mr Figueira since sources close to the MSC had said earlier this week that talks with Director of Sport Christopher Jones and Guyana Football Federation (GFF) president Wayne Forde seemed to point to the Bayroc Community Centre actually being given the go-ahead to have the FIFA GOAL Project placed there, and the MSC to accommodate the 400m rubberised track.It may be recalled that after the first consultation on this project was held recently at the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN) Macaw Boardroom in Mackenzie which was attended by Director of Sport Christopher Jones and hosted by Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland and MP Jermaine Figueira, there were discussions on which of the two venues will be selected.This was generated after Minister Responsible for Sport Ms Nicolette Henry announced that government was placing $210M for the construction of synthetic tracks in Regions 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10. Naturally, the MSC was the first option. But soon after, reports surfaced that the MSC ground could not adequately accommodate an internationally acceptable rubberised track.After the Director of Sport cited some concerns relating to current space at the MSC ground seemingly not having the capacity to house this track, it was thought that another venue be sought in Linden; and the Bayroc Community Centre ground immediately came into the picture.However, the MSC Committee of Management quickly addressed that anxiety and the Chinese bauxite firm operating in Linden, BOSAI Minerals Group (Guyana) Inc, had their surveyors and engineering team survey the entire MSC Complex and produce a drawing showing what needs to be done to have that 400m track laid at the traditional Mecca for sports at the MSC venue.It must be noted that years ago the MSC ground did have a 400m track but later it was reduced to 352m and now 300m.Then the existing northern fence was brought in to reduce the space thus the original track was reduced. But the history of sport in Linden would be better served should the MSC venue be allowed once again to have this international synthetic 400m track due to its historical significance, and not become another Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), once the envy of international cricket ground but now just another venue without international importance.That is where the institution of the MSC comes into serious contention.The fact is that this is where the bauxite industry started its donation for sport development to this community with the ground and attendant stands and fencing. Through the Linden bauxite operations, several international meets were held dating back to the early 1960s. Countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Barbados, Grenada and Suriname all sent athletes to compete.The MSC was the venue for international coaches also and in the early 1970s, through the bauxite industry Mr John Martins, then Fisk University athletics coach out of the United States, did a coaching stint at the MSC ground.After that visit, at least two Lindeners, middle-distance athlete and long-jumper Aubrey ‘Skinny’ Wilson and national sprint champion Roxanne Sills gained scholarships to study in the United States of America.Not forgetting it was at the MSC ground that cricket icons like the game’s greatest all-rounder Sir Garry Sobers, most successful captain Clive Lloyd, Lance Gibbs and Basil Butcher all came and had coaching stints.Then came the bauxite games namely GUYBAU, GUYMINE, LINMINE Games which became the biggest sports attraction in Guyana with national prominence, when bauxite was ‘king’; and now succeeded by the annual Boyce and Jefford Classic which is stationed at this venue for the past seven years.Simply put, the preservation of the MSC and its historical significance should be protected for posterity. It is this venue which has produced over the past six decades such male stars like the Mining Town’s first National male sprint champion in the mid-1960s, Leyland ‘Flash’ Blair, and after that came all-round athlete Aubrey ‘Skinny’ Wilson, whose baton as undisputed sprint king was taken by the late Elton Jefford, National field athlete Noel Perry and long-jumper Mark Mason who also won a scholarship to study in the United States.Desmond Hector also rose to stardom primarily from training there to becoming an Olympian.Today there are national champions in youngsters like Compton Caesar and Daniel Williams who have continued to place Linden prominently in Guyana’s track and field history.On the distaff side, there were the female stars, who emerged from the school system to national and international acclaim.It all began with the likes of national sprinters Paula Haynes, Lorraine Jordan and Roxanne Sills through to Juliet ‘Pepper Fredericks then field athlete Nyota Peters and middle-distance star Marian Burnette, who won an athletic scholarship and eventually went to Lousiana State in the USA.Of course we saw Cassie George of recent vintage and now the bright prospect in teenager Chantoba Bright. That really spells out the reason for Linden to have its first synthetic track, sooner, rather than later.No need to mention the performances by the national cyclists who graced the MSC ground for international meets including two of Guyana’s greatest – Neville Hunte and Joelyn Joseph, along with Vibert Rose and Ignatius Titus.It is hoped that whatever decision is taken will not be one that anyone would have to regret in the future, knowing that Government in the first instance made it clear that they are only ready to put funds to simply have an international 400m track in Linden.
Technical Adviser of Akwa United Abdu Maikaba has told www.busybuddiesng.com that he is pleased with his side’s 1-1 draw against Rivers United in a rescheduled Match Day 22 encounter of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) decided at the Yakubu Gowon stadium in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.Title-chasing Akwa United stung the hosts with a 12th goal from in-form striker Musa Newman, who fired in from close range but three minutes later, Emeka Ogbuh headed home a brilliant free-kick by Chinwendu Ali to draw the ‘Pride of Rivers’ level.Despite watching CHAN Eagles- invitee Alhassan ‘Muazam’ Ibrahim’s 23rd-minute penalty saved by experienced Sunday Rotimi in goal for Rivers United, Maikaba said he is delighted with the point, even though the ‘Promise Keepers’ could have won the match.“Actually I am happy with the one point but we would have gotten all the three points at stake,” the former Wikki Tourists boss said.“It is part of the game, sometimes, it happens like that. Even the best players in the world miss penalties in important moments.“To me, we played well and faced some difficulties during the game. We know Rivers (United) needed the 3 points so well and we also need the 3 points. But for over two weeks, it is only today (Wednesday) that it didn’t rain. It’s always raining. So the two teams suffered.“That is why you couldn’t see the best of my team today (Wednesday),”With the result, Rivers United moved up two places to 12th spot on the NPFL standings (with a game in hand) while Akwa United remain third with 51 points.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Maikaba-July-27.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedMaikaba Pleased With Akwa United Performance Despite CAF Confed Cup Exit (Audio)April 19, 2018In “Africa”NPFL: Maikaba Backs Everton, Begs Akwa United Fans (AUDIO)January 25, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL: Abdu Maikaba Attributes Plateau United Strong Start To Better Players (AUDIO)November 4, 2019In “NPFl”
*Any WHS Student who would like to go to the state basketball game on Wednesday, there will be a bus available for $5.00 per student. You will be responsible to take enough money to pay the $7.00 admission fee into the game and if you want, concession food money. The bus will leave the high school at 12:30 p.m. The WHS boyâ€™s basketball game will start at 3:00 p.m. Please bring your $5.00 into the counselorâ€™s office by tomorrow at the end of the day.*There will be a CoffeyvilleÂ Community College representative in the Ag Shop onÂ March 23Â during 2 and 3rd periods. Students interested in pursuing an Ag degree will need to get their agendas signed by their teacher in order to attend.*SENIOR GIRLS: Remember to turn in your completed Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship on or beforeÂ March 12Â to Mrs. Yates.*Itâ€™s time for the Project Prom T-Shirt Logo Contest! The contest is open to Juniors and Seniors. The winner will receive $50. Entries must be received by March 25. Stop by the office to pick up the contest rules.*Crusaders of the Stage present the Grounds Table Coffee Shop open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-7:45 in the commons. All proceeds go to the Crusaders of the Stage trip to Nationals. Come early and get your coffee!*Attention Seniors: Your pictures for the Senior Graduation video are due by March 13th. A baby picture and a senior picture are required and elementary school to present pictures are recommended. If no pictures are submitted, you will not be in the video. Also, your senior picture does not have to be a formal picture. We DO accept selfies.*Seniors: Donâ€™t forget to stop by the Counselors office to check out what scholarship applications are available.College visits during lunch:Tuesday, March 24thÂ – Emporia State UniversityToday is:National Barbie DayNational Meatball DayÂ National Get Over it DayNational Napping Day.Follow us on Twitter. Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, March 9, 2015:Mondayâ€¢ Band and Choir Concert 6:30 p.m.â€¢ Cheer Try-Out Clinic 5:30 to 7 p.m.Tuesdayâ€¢ Parent/ Teacher Conf. 4:10-7:30 p.m.â€¢ Cheer Try-Out Clinic 5:30-7 p.m.Wednesdayâ€¢STATE- Boys Basketball at 3 p.m. in SalinaThursdayâ€¢Parent/Teacher Conf. 4:10 to 7:30 p.m.FridayNo SchoolCheer Try-Outs 10 a.m.Lunch menu:Monday: Taco soup, tortilla chips, fresh broccoli, chilled pears, snickerdoodle.Tuesday: Crispito/red sauce, lettuce and tomato, golden corn, chilled peaches, cheesy peaches.Todayâ€™s Newsâ€¢The powerlifting team traveled to Clay CenterÂ this SaturdayÂ for the state powerlifting meet, here are the results.Dietra Sober- fourth overall in the women’s 105 class.Baylee DeJarnett- second overall, bench and clean in the women’s 156 class.Â Together Dietra and Baylee scored enough team points to place fifth as a women’s team out of 15 teams.Jon Ryberg -third overall and bench in the men’s 140 class.Â Jayden King -third overall in men’s heavyweight class.Â WHS has a new state champion roaming the hallways. Jayden King placed first in squat, making him the best heavyweight squatter in 4A!Also in attendance were Remington Gilkey, Candi Easterly, Joey Lewallen, Jared Oathout, and Matthew Mason.Congratulations powerlifters on a great season! Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 283 weeks ago How much did he squat and what is the heavyweight weight class specs? I assume there is a weight range like wrestling. Just curious!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 283 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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