Over 1,000 students participate in Region 7 Inter-school championship
As a prelude to fielding competitors to the National Schools Championships, Bartica on Thursday hosted its Inter-Schools Field Competition featuring students from eight Primary and two Secondary schools, as well as one private institution.
The event featured more than 1,000 athletes competing in various field events, which would be followed by track events today (Friday October 13). The Inter-Schools competition began on Tuesday with the students hoping to represent Region Seven in seven aquatics categories in addition to heats for the track and field.
Nationally, Bartica is known for being outstanding in aquatics as well as in the various teachers’ competitions.
Athletes representing Region Seven are drawn from as far as Waramadong in the Upper Mazaruni to Itaballi in the mid-Mazaruni region to Karrau in the lower Mazaruni, the rivering communities and central Bartica. Already, 14 student-athletes have earned the chance to represent the region in aquatics with Fayon Wong being the 50m freestyle and backstroke Under-12 champion.
Ryan Williams dominated the Under-12 male categories, while in the Under-14 division Josh Allen emerged the star. Sushanna Williams and Kieanna Clementson are the swimmers to beat from the ‘Red Earth’ (Gateway to the Interior) region.
Diana Thomas and Randy Bowen are the swimmers to watch in the Under-16 female and male categories, while the stars of the Under-18 categories are Kevin Edwards, Kenicia Moses, Moriah Richards and Fazeena George.
The most outstanding in the cycling category is Nickson Williams. No strangers to competing at the nationals are Fayan Wong, Josh Allen, and Kevin Edwards. They competed in the championships in 2016. Ryan Williams competed in 2015.
Having the titles of the first and second best swimmer in 2015 and 2016 at the National championships, Kevin Edwards aged 17 is issuing a warning that this year he will be taking the National Aquatics Champion Boy title.
The 2017 National Schools Championship is slated for November.