Aimed at helping to nurture local youths talented in sport, the Government has moved to collaborate with the country’s national university, the University of Guyana (UG).

Through this strategic collaboration a working group was birthed, tasked with addressing the most immediate sports challenges faced by the university.

At a meeting yesterday, Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton, met with the Vice Chancellor and other UG officials to discuss the advancement of the Sports Programme at the tertiary institution.

The meeting, which was held at the office of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, also received inputs from Director of Sport, Christopher Jones and UG’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement, Dr. Paloma Mohamed.

It was following that meeting that the working group was established.

Minister Norton, who also holds the responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, expressed concern that young, talented athletes are often discovered at the level of the National Schools’ Championship, but would vanish from the field after entering tertiary education institutions.

“We want to change that. We want to be able to nurture our sporting talents. We want to ensure that our sports girls and boys become vibrant sports women and men, fully capable of propelling the industry to new heights,” the Minister stressed.

The Working Group is expected to have its first meet on Wednesday, December 18, 2018.


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