Sports Tourism has potential to become a major industry- but challenges must be overcome

first_img(GINA, GUYANA) – The introduction of sports tourism as a major industry in Guyana is an excellent idea, but there are a number of challenges which will need to be addressed if theSt. Lucia-based Sports Consultant Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreiraconcept is to be successful. This is the opinion of Technical Facilitator to the Minister of Education, Vincent Alexander.The Education Ministry official made this statement during his brief remarks at the inaugural workshop on Developing Sports Tourism under the theme, “Improving Sports through Tourism; growing Tourism through Sports”. The workshop was held at Pegasus Hotel, Kingston.“Do we have facilities that in fact can be provided for sports tourism that includes certain standards that can market the country?…….Do we have the kind of human resources that ensure that you can properly organise and manage those activities?” Alexander questioned. The industry will also be challenged, he added, by the capacity of sport organisations to become involved.The Technical Facilitator explained that the areas highlighted, described as critical to the sports tourism industry, will need to be addressed immediately in an effort to move forward.Alexander pointed out that there were other resources within the country which can attract tourism, apart from sport, and hopes that those resources will be highlighted for the betterment of the country.Meanwhile, St. Lucia-based Sports Consultant, Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira, noted during the courtesy call made to the Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin on Friday, that the sports tourism industry needs major private sector input with the support from sport associations and other stakeholders.Although the Caribbean countries which are involved in the sports tourism industry have become successful, Perreira explained that it will take some time for Guyana to experience that success, especially since there is much need for promotion via the media to help in the process of attracting persons to the country.The Sports Consultant expressed his gratitude for the co-operation given to him, but hopes that an internal sports tourism industry could also be realised.Minister Gaskin said that he was happy to witness the collaboration between his Ministry and the various sports organisations. He had labelled sports tourism a viable and sustainable component of Guyana’s overall tourism product, adding that it has a contribution to make towards the nation’s development.“We understand that tourism has to be developed from the ground up, and those involved have to understand that they are participating in something that has an economic value, and has a contribution to make to our economy,” the Minister explained.He further noted that sports should not only be seen as a competition, but has the potential to bring persons to Guyana.This workshop was a collaborative effort among the Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Business, National Sports Commission in the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport (NSC), and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA).(By: Neola Damon)last_img read more

United give Mourinho selection dilemma ahead of Spurs semi

first_img“The players were in the right positions and not trying one more flick, one more trick.“I will not play this 11 at Wembley but all of them told me (with their performances) that they want to play and they are ready.“Obviously I will bring back Lukaku, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic.”Pogba was widely criticised for his lacklustre display against Albion — the latest in a long line of disappointing efforts from the former Juventus star since his move to United two seasons ago.That sparked talk that Mourinho has told United to put Pogba up for sale, just days after Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he had been offered the chance to sign the midfielder by his agent in January.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Bournemouth, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho admitted Manchester United had given him an FA Cup semi-final selection dilemma after their 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday.Goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku sealed the points at Dean Court after Mourinho made seven changes in the aftermath of United’s shock defeat to struggling West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.That limp surrender had gifted the Premier League title to Manchester City, prompting Mourinho to accuse his players of complacency. Mourinho was impressed with the work done by his new-look side and claimed he would have to think hard before deciding his Cup line-up.“Everything was good, I am happy. Every player on the pitch was positive and put himself available for Saturday,” Mourinho said.center_img In a bid to shake up his under-performing stars and rest key players, the United manager rang the changes against Bournemouth, with Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata among the big names left out of the starting line-up ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.Paul Pogba kept his place despite mounting speculation Mourinho is ready to sell the out-of-form France midfielder in the close-season.Mourinho’s hardline stance appeared to sting his players into action as Smalling opened the scoring in the first half.Lukaku came off the bench to seal the points in the closing stages as United consolidated second place in the Premier League.last_img read more

England Golf plans three new County Rules Schools

first_img England Golf will run three County Rules Schools in the autumn of 2015, in the West Midlands, the South West and on the Isle of Man. Since 2011, England Golf has run 16 rules schools across the country, all proving very popular and attracting almost 500 people in total. Successful delegates qualify as county referees and can go on to assist at county tournaments. Toby Thorne, England Golf Championship Manager, said: “We are delighted by the interest in our rules schools and the invitations we receive from across the country. These three new dates provide further opportunities for people to attend a rules school on their doorstep.” The County Rules Schools are open to all members of golf clubs affiliated to England Golf. Delegates should have at least a basic understanding of the Rules of Golf and are recommended to try the R&A’s online Level 1 Rules Academy before attending. The format of each school is a mix of outdoor practical demonstrations, refereeing role-play scenarios and some indoor tutorials. There is an exam on the second day of the course. The details for the events are as follows: The Shropshire Golf Club, Shropshire 22 & 23 September, 2015 Entry deadline: Fri 31st July, 2015   Mount Murray Golf Club, Isle of Man 25 & 26 September, 2015 Entry deadline:  Friday 31 July, 2015   Yeovil Golf Club, Dorset 7 & 8 October, 2015 Entry deadline: Friday 7 August, 2015 The fee for attending an England Golf County Rules School is £50, which includes tuition, lunch, teas and coffees.  Priority will be given to applicants from the host counties, but delegates from other counties are welcome to apply and will be provided a place where possible. For more information regarding the England Golf County Rules Schools and how to register your interest, please click here Image © Leaderboard Photography 28 May 2015 England Golf plans three new County Rules Schools last_img read more

Glacier gymnasts shine on Kootenay Zone Championship stage

first_imgIn the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 8-10 year age group Brianne Stefani finished second on floor, and third on vault and beam.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 11-12 year age group Alexis Dyck placed first on vault, bars and beam, second on floor, and first All Around, while Olivia Kelly placed fourth on vault and bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 13-14 year age group Sara Tolles finished second on vault, and third on floor while Victoria Lawrence-Jeffery placed first on bars, beam and floor, third on vault and first All Around.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 15-years+ age group Julie Poetsch came first on vault and bars, third on beam, and first All Around. Casmin McCatty finished second on vault and beam and Chultim O’Neill finished second on floor, third vault and bars, and second All Around. Bronwyn Sutherland placed first on beam and floor and third All Around.  Rebecca Benner placed third on floor and Maddie Sternloff placed 5th on bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 3 Category, 8-12 year age group Senna Moroney placed first on beam and floor, second on vault and bars and second All Around.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 3 Category, 13 years+ age group Ella Keelan placed first on vault and bars, third on beam and floor and second All Around.  Kylee Dyck finished first on beam, second on bars and floor, third on vault and first All Around.  Jasmine Schacher came in second on vault and beam, third on bars and finished third All Around.The Kootenay Championships culminate what has been a very successful competitive season for Glacier athletes.The focus now is to prepare for the club’s Year End Show. This event showcases the athletes’ tumbling skills and is definitely worth watching. Show dates are June 18-19 in the gym.  For more information please contact us at 352-2227 or info@glaciergymnastics.com. More than 200 athletes from throughout the region were at the Glacier Club in the Civic Centre to compete in the Kootenay Zone Gymnastics Championships. Gymnasts from Creston, Trail, Castlegar and Cranbrook joined athletes from the host Glacier Club for two days of competition beginning Saturday.In the Boy’s Provincial Level 3 Category Oliver McDougall-Eisele placed first on floor, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar, and first All Around.  River Murphy placed first on pommel horse, second on vault and parallel bars, and second All Around. Noah Daigle-Arsenault placed second on floor and rings, third on pommel horse, parallel and horizontal bar, and third All Around.  Sam Fisher finished second on pommel horse, third on floor and vault and Chris Lawrence-Jeffery finished second on horizontal bar and third on rings and parallel bars. Matthew Bullen placed fourth on floor and pommel horse and Ruedi Kelsch finished fourth on parallel bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 10-year age group Brynn McTague placed first on vault and third on bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 11-year age group Maika Houde placed first on beam and vault, third on floor and second All Around while Versailles McGeady-Bruce finished second on vault and beam, and third All Around.  Gwen McCrory placed first on floor and Elisa Clark placed second on floor, and third on beam.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 12 year age group Teagan McTague came first on vault, bars, beam, third on floor, and first All Around while Sarah Quinn came first on floor, and third on beam.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 13-14 year age group Zoe Crisfield finished third on beam and floor.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 15 years+ age group Arianna Murphy-Steed placed first on vault, bars and floor, and first All Around while Megan Poetsch placed first on beam, second on vault, bars and floor, and second All Around.last_img read more

The Red Nose African Convoy

first_imgAs the UK gears-up for this year’s Red Nose Day, the Red Nose African Convoy sees six celebrities swap their home comforts for life on the road as they take the British public on a journey to show how the money they raise is helping to change lives every single day.The documentary follows David Baddiel, Hugh Dennis, Katy Brand, Michaela Coel, Reggie Yates and Russell Kane as they take to the wheel and act as outriders to a convoy of HGVs travelling from Kenya to Uganda to deliver crucial supplies to Comic Relief funded projects.With a cast of comedy favourites, old friends and new acquaintances coming together to see Comic Relief cash in action, viewers can expect more than a few twists and turns and bumps in the road, as the famous six turn expert convoy outriders and DIY superstars to assemble delivery beds, hand out mosquito nets and take on challenging driving terrain.Their epic journey takes the famous six through communities affected by many of the health issues that Comic Relief works to address, including remote villages with no access to healthcare and a massive slum with small healthcare facilities serving thousands of people. They meet inspiring individuals dedicated to changing lives in their community and discover the huge difference Red Nose Day money is making.Katy Brand, who is paired up with fellow comedian Russell Kane, said: “I’ve watched Comic Relief on TV for as long as I can remember and I have donated every time, like millions of others have, so to be given the chance to go and actually see projects that have benefitted directly from the money was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Plus I have always longed to spend six days in a car with Russell Kane.”Money raised this Red Nose Day will be spent helping some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and some of the world’s poorest communities. Visit rednoseday.com to find out more.The Red Nose African Convoy airs on Thursday 23rd March at 9pm on BBC One.last_img read more