ARAWAK GAMES UPDATE ? SPONSORSHIP STILL WELCOME

Sponsorship to outfit 1 men’s football team with T-shirts and pants (only US$100) is still available – for anyone accepting to challenge Damon Corrie‘s ‘Red Shirts‘ Team. Harry Hinds ‘Yellow Shirts‘ will be challenging Debra Hughes ‘Black Shirts‘ Girls Football team.

Events will be:
Boy’s Cricket 13-19
NB – 20 Overs
Men’s Cricket 20+
NB – 50 Overs
Girl’s Cricket 13-19
NB – 20 Overs
Women’s Cricket 20+
NB – 50 Overs
Boy’s Football 13-19
NB – A 60 minute match in two 30 minute halves
Men’s Football 20+
NB – A regular 90 minute match in two 45 minute halves
Girl’s Football 13-19
NB – A 60 minute match in two 30 minute halves
Women’s Football 20+
NB – A regular 90 minute match in two 45 minute halves
Boy’s 10 KM Cross country 13-19
Men’s 10 KM Cross country 20+
Girl’s 10 KM Cross country 13-19
Women’s 10 KM Cross country 20+
Boy’s 1 KM Traditional Dug-out canoe race 13-19
Men’s 1 KM Traditional Dug-out canoe race 20+
Girl’s 1 KM Traditional Dug-out canoe race 13-19
Women’s 1 KM Traditional Dug-out canoe race 20+
Boy’s Traditional Archery 13-19
Men’s Traditional Archery 20+

NB – Similar to a scene in Apocalypto, a runner volunteers to be the target (backing the archers at all times) at a distance of a 50-100 feet sprint away (half for boys), the Archers use traditional 5 foot long hand-made bows with blunt point 3 foot long arrows with ends that were dipped in paint, the Archer to score a direct hit between the hip and shoulder area (a kill shot) within the time the runner sprints the 50-100 feet (25-50 for boys) distance (mimicking a real hunt) is a winner, proof will be left in the form of a paint mark on the runner.

Boy’s Traditional Wrestling 13-19
Men’ Traditional wrestling 20+

NB – Unlike Greco-Roman wrestling – traditional wrestling is a face-to-face standing event where the object is to throw your opponent to the ground first – thereby winning the bout, similar to Sumo in a way.

PS – (Damon’s History Lesson and Plea) Pakuri Arawak Territory in Guyana is 240 square miles with 1,300 Arawaks living there, half of them are in my wife’s Simon Clan family (which is larger than ours!)and blood relatives to my children whom are expected to become elected Chiefs there one day, but the MAIN point of mentioning this place is because the father of our common ancestor (Princess Marian) Chief Amorotahe Haubariria (Flying Harpy Eagle) ruled the Demerara Chiefdom of Saka – where the Simon Clan founders originated (the sons of the Chief’s Holy Man were Christianized and given the surname ‘Simon’ by an Anglican Missionary Priest called Reverend Austin (who raised and Christianized Princess Marian when her parents died).

After the Measles and Smallpox epidemic of the late 1800’s destroyed Saka the survivors scattered, and the Simon brothers helped to found a new village on the Mahaica River called Pakuri.

So to make a long story short – the Arawaks of Pakuri are descendants of the people our ancestors ruled for hundreds of years, and I think we can afford to help them in an inexpensive and very positive way today.

The people of Pakuri are semi-westernized, and with the benefits of two worlds also come the problems, the youth need something positive to do with their free time instead of succumbing to alcoholism, promiscuity, violence and drug abuse – and SPORTS is the way it can be achieved.

One of the 2 main events in the community each year is the 1/2 marathon, a few Craft stores in Georgetown used to donate trophies and prize money and you had from preteens to the elderly participation in the 14 mile run across the hot sand trail of the Pakuri Savannas from the government highway to the village.

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