Owen Verwey elected new President of Guyana Squash Association
Former Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Office for Investment (Go-Invest), Owen Verwey, has been elected the new President of the Guyana Squash Association, following the Annual General Meeting done Virtually.
Verwey takes over from immediate past President David Fernandes, who will now function in the role of Vice-President for the 2021/2022 term. Verwey was the Vice-president in the previous executive.
The full executive is:
President– Owen Verwey
Vice-President– David Fernandes
Treasurer– Garfield Wiltshire
Secretary– Lorraine Ince
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer– Anabelle Singh
Chairperson for Clubs Committee– Robin Low
Chairperson for Competitions Committee– Deje Dias
Chairperson for Junior Affairs Committee– Juanita Fernandes
Appointed Sub-Committee Chairperson for Fundraising– Suzanne DeAbreu
After serving a full term, outgoing President David Fernandes began by paying tribute to the late Colin Ming, whose contributions and legacy in squash spans many years.
Fernandes went on to highlight the challenges the sport is facing due to the pandemic, but was optimistic about the future of Squash in Guyana.
“I believe there are great things to come on the horizon for squash,” he remarked.
His President’s Report included plans for the growth of the sport and the urgency of getting safely back into training for a squad that has international competitive opportunities before the end of the year.
Newly-elected President, Owen Verwey, echoed Fernandes optimism of a potential rebound for the players who have not been able to resume national training since March of 2020.
In a short acceptance address, Verwey was excited about the opportunity to be at the helm of what he described as a great team in the executive committee.
“COVID has really slowed us down and it’s been difficult on the players, especially the juniors, but we will get back to it, and we will expand our base…we will get there”.
He applauded the magnificent job the board, the players and the squash community have done over the years and despite the current situation pledged to work hard for Guyana Squash.
“I look forward to rising to the challenges, and to delivering!” he declared
Stepping down as Chairperson for Competitions Committee was the long-serving Tiffany Solomon, who has successfully headed up the Junior Programme for numerous years, providing a solid foundation for the Guyanese players.
Tiffany has made way for the enthusiastic and talented Deje Dias, who was warmly welcomed to the board.