Inaugural Sport Conference set for National Cultural Centre on Saturday


The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport will on Saturday (October 2, 2021) host the first-ever Sport Conference, aimed at devising strategies and brainstorming ideas for the development of sport in Guyana.

The Conference, to be hosted at the National Cultural Centre, is intended to provide an avenue for associations to speak on various topics, related to the growth of sport.

Among the topics are Governance, Nurturing Talent, Mindset, Revenue, Sponsorship, Media, Nutrition, Injuries, Psychology, Tournaments, Elite Training and International Competition.

The day’s activities would start with registration at 08:30h, followed by an opening address by Prime Minister Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips, and remarks by Sport Minister Charles Ramson Jr.

Thereafter, four moderators will host panel discussions, each lasting 45 minutes, with representatives from Athletics, Cricket, Squash, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, Football, Rugby, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton and Swimming.

The moderators are Sport Journalists Akeem Greene and Avenash Ramzan (News Room), Rawle Toney (NCN/Guyana Chronicle) and Franklin Wilson (Kaieteur News).

Minister Ramson Jr. explained that one of the objectives of the Sport Conference would be an informational and consultative process for the Sports Academy, which will be launched in early November.

The Minister re-emphasised these academics are important to achieving international success and talent development.

The second objective stemmed from him noticing that most Associations/Federations were not interacting with each other and sharing useful tools for success.

“I realised there was a lot of stored success stories, procedures and methods that they have been using, but not all have been using and that is why the Sport Conference is going to be tailored to a panel-driven outfit.”

According to the Minister, now that there is a greater investment, he expects that Associations/Federations become more professional in how they conduct their business.

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