We Stand United CC mourns the loss of former national cyclist, Wilbert Benjamin
The President, executive and members of We Stand United Cycle Club (WSUCC) have extended sincere condolences to the wife, children and relatives of the late Wilbert Benjamin, who has been described as an unsung hero of the sport.
WSUCC stated that: “The nation has lost a true son whose life was a blessing to so many cyclists.”
“Wilbert, did not keep his blessings to himself, he always looked out for his fellow Guyanese cyclists especially the young riders. Once anyone cyclist was in need and he knew, they we sure to get assistance from Banjie, as he was familiarly known.”
His passing has left a void in the sport even in these challenging times.
The quiet but affable Wilbert, himself a former national cyclist who would have, like so many, been a part of the annual Summer ‘Teach Them Young’ cycling Programme in the National Park, run by National Coach Hassan Mohamed, ensured that whenever he was in Guyana he not only competed, but was present at races when not riding.
He was very much a part of the gathering when the inaugural Bartica Cycling Challenge was held last March.
Former President of the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) Horace Burrowes described Benjamin as a personal friend who loved the sport and had burning passion for the development and empowerment of youths.
The late Wilbert Benjamin was also a young businessman who owned Benjamin Sports and Fitness Centre, located in the village of Fyrish, Corentyne, Berbice. He would allow many sportsmen and women to utilise his Gym free of cost as a way of encouraging them in their particular endeavour.
He also owned a cycle store in Canada where he lived with his wife and five daughters. His love for Guyana resulted in him setting up business here as well.
The club also notes that the legacy Wilbert Benjamin has left is one of unselfishness, showing love and care for his fellow Guyanese, especially those in need.
His death has rocked the cycling fraternity coming mere months after the passing of another young cyclist and businessman, Jude Bentley, owner of The Bike Shop in Robb Street, Georgetown.
Both riders died from injuries sustained as a result of vehicular accidents. In the case of Bentley, he died on the spot. There are growing concerns for the safety of cyclists using the roadways as they continue to feel unsafe.
May the soul of Wilbert Benjamin rest in peace and rise in glory.