Courts ‘adds value’ to Fitness Challenge 2018


By Avenash Ramzan

Courts (Guyana) Inc., under the tagline ‘Bringing Value Home’, on Wednesday morning threw its full support behind this weekend’s Kares Engineering Fitness Challenge, set for the National Park Tarmac.

At a brief ceremony at its Main Street branch in Georgetown, Digital Marketing Officer Roberta Ferguson presented a cheque valued $300,000 to organisers of the Fitness Challenge.

Jordana Ramsay-Gonsalves and Noshavyah King of Guyana Fitness Games were on hand to receive the sponsorship. Ferguson said the partnership fits neatly into the company’s mandate.

“Health and fitness is one of the key areas for us when it comes to corporate and social responsibility, and so we always try to find beneficial ways in which we can contribute back to the health and fitness of all Guyanese,” Ferguson said.

She continued, “We started 2018 with our fitness promotion; as many persons may know Courts stocks a wide range of fitness items so we started the new year encouraging everyone to get fit and get healthy, and of course we’re continuing with that same momentum for Fitness Challenge 2018.”

Ferguson reminded that Courts has always been supportive of events put on by Guyana Fitness Games, noting that a booth would be set up at the venue on Sunday.

“We look forward to some very good competition. I know this year they’ve mentioned that there will be some persons from overseas participating as well, and so we just want to wish the entire team success and we look forward to the continued growth of this activity in the years to come,” Ferguson explained.

Apart from the rivalry among athletes from various gyms, Ramsay- Gonsalves said the event will be spectator-oriented.

“Apart from the actual athlete games, you might be inspired to get some workouts in and you want to actually be a part of the event; so you can actually do that on the day with our spectator games. We will have a booth at the side where everybody gets a chance to be an athlete for the day,” she highlighted.

Unlike previous years, the winners of each event will be given a prize, while overseas competitors have been confirmed from Suriname. King mentioned there would be changes to the format from last year.

“In previous years we had teams where they could get the support of each other, (but) this year we call it ‘all men or women for themselves.’ We will have four events and the final event would be revealed on the day, so the top five males and top five females will go on to the fifth round and we will get the winner from there,” King pointed out.

Meanwhile, Dillon Mahadeo and Semonica Duke are set to defend the Male and Female titles respectively when the event gets underway at 11:00h. In 2017, Mahadeo became the first athlete to successfully defend his title, while Duke went one step further after finishing runner-up the previous year.

Also, six well-known Guyanese will compete in the Scotiabank Celebrity Charity Challenge, with proceeds from this specific segment being channelled to the work of the Giving Hope Foundation and Help and Shelter.

Miss World Guyana Veena Mookram, Radio Announcer and Television presenter Macaela Cameron aka ‘The Remix Chick’ and Co-founder of Red Entertainment Saskia Wijngaarde are the female celebrities, while on the male side would be Director of Sport Christopher Jones, Radio Announcer/DJ Akelo Elliott and Founder of Pulse Entertainment Robbie Singh. 

Admission to the venue is $1,000.

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