Former Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Ivan Persaud has returned to head the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) after being elected to serve in the capacity for the next two years earlier this week.
Persaud, a former national footballer, will be assisted with the services of Brian Goodridge and Shefetah Tzedeq as vice presidents and Leama Phillips as the secretary. Joanne Lowe returns as Treasurer and Renee Charles as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer.
According to Persaud, “the focus for the next two years would be to continue to put what we’ve started in respect to participation in Guyana and in schools, especially in schools and also ensure we deal seriously with open water swimming.”
The returning president is hopeful that they will be given the opportunity to create an open water circuit here.
Persaud, who first took over GASA in 2014, will present his application for the transformation of Lake Mainstay to be the open water facility when he applies at the South American senior Open Water Championship in a few days’ time.
According to the returning president, it was their hands-on approach which resulted in the success of the Goodwill Games and fielding of large teams at various events. As such, these were the pillars that justified the hard work, drive and passion by the body to develop the sport.