The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCY&S) Easter Swimming Programme officially concluded yesterday at the Colgrain Swimming Facility with the closing ceremony.
The programme which lasted for three weeks and catered for 60 participants between the age-ranges of 6-11, was used to teach budding swimmers and no-swimmers, the basic techniques required for the discipline. The techniques which were taught by instructors Marcia Rodrigues, Marissa Wray and Isabel Cuoso Fals during the programme included facing water, gliding, throwing arms, kicking and floating amongst others. Neil Kumar of the National Sports Commission (NSC), during the brief feature address said that the commission and ministry were pleased to be associated with such programmes and that the government was trying its best to maintain the respective sporting facilities which helps in the development of sports.
Kumar said that such programmes create opportunities for individuals to participate in events such as the National Schools Swimming Champion-ships, Inter-Guiana Games and Carifta Games, which in turn can create the scholarship chances for academic advancement.
He added that swimming is a discipline that everyone should know and thanked the respective parents and guardians for taking the responsibility to ensure that their children learn how to do so. Permanent Secretary within the MCY&S Alfred King, said that the ministry was happy to provide the opportunities to introduce the necessary fundamentals of any sport and that the ministry is centered on sport development which in turn will lead to national development.
King added that the vision of the Minster of Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, given the diverse interest of our country’s sporting background, is to create facilities that will cater and lend itself to sport development. He opined, however, that the ministry’s approach to sport development is simply not only to build facilities but to provide the necessary programmes and experienced coaching required to grow the respective disciplines.