Results from Barbadian sponsored Ernest Courtney Simon Memorial Sports Festival 2007 (in Guyana) – Next year Canada, USA & Dominica wish to compete

Remember that Damon Corrie was in Guyana with a special event to commemorate a fallen comrade? Like an Amerindian version of the Olympics? This is an amazing venture, gathered together in a rush and created a huge wave of support throughout the region and overseas! Well, Bajan Reporter e-mailed him and we got a totally detailed response –

This was the first time in the history of Pakuri Arawak Territory that females have ever played a football match, the first time an official canoe race and spear-throwing and Archery events were ever held!

The community thoroughly enjoyed the sports festival which eventually spanned 3 months (July to September) – and isn’t quite over yet! I had to hold events when the maximum number of people would benefit, also to streamline the presentation ceremonies some sponsors were ‘strategically re-positioned‘ – hope no-one is offended.

Only minor hiccups – such as not being able to attain the desired uniform colours in every case, and having clothing size issues – since you only know who will play in a match about 30 minutes before it starts, the folks you registered days before were not always the ones who turned out at playtime, so next year we will forego pants and stick to T-shirts only as uniforms to avoid the ‘fitting’ problems.

ARCHERY CONTEST (Sponsored by BowBenders Archery Club of Barbados)
20+ Men Champion – Paul Daniels (46) w/100% accuracy – who received a trophy and GY$8,000 in prize money

13-19 Boys Champion – Seon Daniels (17) w/100% accuracy – who received a trophy and GY$4,000 in prize money
12 & under Boys Champion – Charles Daniels (10) w/33% accuracy – who received GY$2,000 in prize
money.

BLOWPIPE CONTEST *POSTPONED BY REQUEST UNTIL SEP 29 2007. (sponsored by the United Confederation of Taino People of the USA)

CANOE RACE (Sponsored by Andrew & Tamaryn Lashley and Family of the UK) 20+ Mens champion team = Osman Daniels and Tuni Daniels – received a trophy and GY$8,000 in prize money.
20+ Womens champion team = Denise Daniels and Glemina Daniels – received a trophy and GY$8,000 in prize money
13-19 Boys champion team = Orwin Simon and Wade Simon – received a trophy and GY$4,000 in prize
money.
13-19 Girls champion team = Nessa Simon and Althea Dundas – received a trophy and prize money.

CRICKET MATCHES
(David & Judy Lashley of Barbados sponsored this one)
20+ Mens Cricket Championship was won by Pakuri’s West Men’s Team led by captain Pierre Andrews – and
the team received a trophy and GY$22,000 in prize money. (Lisa Crespin of Barbados sponsored this one)
20+ Womens Cricket Championship was won by Pakuri’s East Women’s Team led by Denise Daniels – and the
team received a trophy and GY$22,000 in prize money. (Hatuey Corrie of Barbados sponsored this one)
13-19 Boys Cricket Championship was won by Pakuri’s East Boys Team led by Duran Adrian – and the team
received a trophy and GY$11,000 in prize money.
(
Lisa St. John and Family of Barbados sponsored this one) 13-19 Girl’s Cricket Championship was won by Pakuri’s East Girl’s Team led by Sheleza Shuman – and the team received a trophy and GY$11,000 in prize money.

CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING
(
Sponsored by Craig & Emma Corrie and family of Barbados)
20+ 10KM Men’s champion was Paul Abraham (28)- who received a trophy and GY$8,000 in prize money.

20+ 5KM Women’s Champion was Lolita Simon (35) – who received a trophy and GY$8,000 in prize money.

13-19 10KM Boy’s Champion was Damian Bangat (17) – who received a trophy and GY$4,000 in prize money.

13-19 10KM Girl’s Champion was Christella Junor (14) – who received a trophy and GY$4,000 in prize money.

10-12 5KM Boy’s champion was Garth Taylor (12) – who received GY$2,000 in prize money.
10-12 5KM Girl’s Champion was a tie between Zelisa Shuman and Mari Taylor – so they both received GY$2,000.
7-9 5KM Boys Champion was Elroy Dundas (7) – who received GY$1,000 in prize money.

7-9 5KM Girl’s Champion was Provina Daniels (9) – who received GY$1,000 in prize money.

FOOTBALL MATCHES
(
Jonathan & Rebecca Lashley and family of Barbados sponsored this one)
20+ Men’s Football Championship Prize Money of GY$22,000 to the winning ‘
Cherokee Warriors‘ team led by captain Donovan Causeway – who also received a trophy. (The Cherokee Warriors Team uniforms were sponsored by Mr. Jeff Goss of the Cherokee Nation of the USA).

([Whereas] Richard & Mirna Hughes and Family of Barbados sponsored the:) 13-19 Boy’s Football Championship Prize money of GY$11,000 to the winning ‘Crocks’ team led by Joshua Kissoon – who also received a trophy. (The Crocks Team uniforms were sponsored by Harry & Cheryl Hinds and Family of Barbados)

(Richard & Mirna Hughes and family of Barbados sponsored the…) 13-19 Girl’s Football Championship Prize Money of GY$11,000 to the winning ‘Cougars’ team led by Christella Junor – who also received a trophy. (The Cougars Team uniforms were sponsored by Debra Hughes of Barbados)

*20+ Women’s Football Championship *POSTPONED BY REQUEST UNTIL SEP 29th 2007. (Sponsored by Debra Hughes of Barbados).

TRADITIONAL SPEAR THROWING CONTEST (Sponsored by the United Confederation of Taino People of the USA)
20+ Men’s champion was Paul Daniels (46) w/100% accuracy – who received GY$8,000 in prize money.

13-19 Boy’s Champion was Pakuri born Barbados Christ Church Foundation School student Hatuey Corrie (13) w/66% accuracy – who received GY$4,000 in prize money 12 &n under Boy’s Champion was Pakuri born
Barbados Combermere Student Tecumseh Corrie (11) w/66% accuracy who received GY$2,000 in prize money.

TRADITIONAL WRESTLING *POSTPONED BY REQUEST UNTIL SEP 29th 2007. (Sponsored by Zed’s Surfing Adventures of Barbados)

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all sponsors and to media personality Mr. Ian Bourne and the HEAT, Advocate and Nation Newspapers who assisted us greatly in publicising the endeavour.

Thanks also to Russel Corrie who sponsored the cost of all the trophies that were made.

Photos and 30 second mpegs are being posted on facebook.com while a DVD is being created – thanks to Mr. Harry ‘Crock’ Hinds who kindly loaned me his personal camcorder over the past 8 weeks to record the events for this very purpose. WITH ALL OF YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT WE WILL MAKE 2008 BIGGER AND BETTER PAN-TRIBAL & INTERNATIONAL EVENT!

[In addition, there are the adventures of] the talented Ameridian Ladies Softball Cricket Team from Pakuri Arawak Territory (better know as St. Cuthbert’s Mission) in Region #4. On Sunday 16th September 2007 these ladies played in the final match of the National Amerindian Heritage Competition held at the Carifesta ground in Georgetown, the challenging team was the Kabakaburi Ladies Softball Cricket Team from Region #1; the final score was 88 runs in 15 overs with 2 out for Kabakaburi – and 89 runs in 15 overs with 7 out for Pakuri (St. Cuthbert’s).

Denise Daniels Captain of the winning Pakuri (St. Cuthbert’s) team received a trophy and GY$50,000 in prize money on behalf of her team whilst the second place team recieved a trophy and GY$35,000. This was the fifth year in a row that the talented Arawaks of Pakuri/St. Cuthbert’s have won the National Amerindian Heritage Cricket Competition.

I know firsthand that there are a considerable number of great Amerindian sportsmen and women throughout Guyana – and I urge other Guyanese Businessmen to follow my example (My family & friends sponsored over GY$250,000 in trophies & prize money for 9 sports events in Pakuri/St. Cuthbert’s in July and August 2007) and sponsor sporting events in other Amerindian communities accross Guyana, so that all the hidden talent among the first nations of Guyana can be exposed to the wider world.

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