GOA stipend for 30 athletes, 13 coaches

The top brass of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) along with some of the stipend awardees pose for a photo yesterday at Olympic House

The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) said yesterday that it was looking forward to the day when national athletes and coaches will be paid in order to adequately focus on their goals.

Yesterday, at Olympic House, Liliendaal, the first step was taken on the journey of making local full-time athletes and coaches a reality.

Through funding from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Solidarity, the GOA has decided to disburse monthly stipends to 30 local and overseas-based athletes and 13 coaches from 10 disciplines retroactive to December 2017. The annual sum will total in the neighborhood of $18M.

According to President of the GOA, K. Juman-Yassin, the monthly stipend will vary according to individuals with a floor of $20,000 and a ceiling of $60,000.

“I have been speaking for years that our athletes and coaches need to be rewarded. It will not fully reward them but it’s the first step.”

He added:“Once you make the first step it’s easier to make the second.” He then encouraged the government “to come onboard since the resources can be pooled.”

The GOA head reiterated that “this is just a start” since the list of disciplines and recipients will be expanded.

One of the association’s Vice Presidents, Godfrey Munroe, pointed out  that there will be specific conditions and requirements which must be fulfilled by the recipients in order to receive the stipend.

Another VP, Dr. Karen Pilgrim, added that the timely completion of WADA whereabout forms along with attending anti-doping seminars are a few of the obligations that athletes must fulfill in order to continue to receive the stipend which will be paid out bi-monthly.

General Secretary of the GOA, Hector Edwards declared: “Today’s event is one that we can all embrace and at a later time have much appreciation.”  He added that the days of being a successful part-time athlete was long gone. In the same breath he stated that the GOA will do everything in its power to make local athletes successful. He also stated that it is important to be successful academically as well as athletically.

According to the Olympic Solidarity’s website, the aim of the Olympic Solidarity is to organize assistance for all the National Olympic Committees (NOCS), particularly those with the greatest needs, through multi-faceted programmes prioritizing athlete development, training of coaches and sports administrators and Olympic ideals.

Below is the full list of the athletes and coaches who will be receiving GOA stipends.

Athletics’ Association of Guyana

Coaches

Johnny Gravesande

Linden Phillips

Julian Edmonds

Glenton Pantlitz

Athletes

Compton Caesar

Jermaine King

Kenisha Phillips

Deshana Skeete

Chantoba Bright

Joanna Archer

Toyan Raymond

Daniel Williams

Daniel Melville

Winston George

Troy Doris

Brenessa Thompson

Kadecia Baird

Guyana Amateur Boxing Association

Athletes

Keevin Allicock

Christopher Moore

Coaches

Terrence Poole

Sebert Blake

Guyana Badminton Association

Athletes

Narayan Ramdhani

Priyanna Ramdhani

Coach

Gokarn Ramdhani

Guyana Judo Federation

Athlete

Joshua Buchanan

Guyana National Rifle Association

Athlete

Lennox Braithwaite

Ransford Goodluck

Guyana Amateur Swimming Association

Andrew Fowler

Leon Seaton

Hannibal Gaskin

Jamila Sanmoogan

Guyana Squash Association

Athletes

Mary Fung- A-Fat

Sunil Seth

Coach

Carl Ince

Guyana Table Tennis Association

Athletes

Shemar Britton

Christopher Franklin

Chelsea Edghill

Trenace Lowe

Coaches

Hillary Anderson

Idi Lewis

Guyana Rugby Football Union

Coaches

Theodore Henry

Larry Adonis

Guyana Volleyball Federation

Coach

Ms. Kirenia Ballard

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