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Ethnic Relations Commission
66 Peter Rose & Anira Streets, Queenstown, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel. +592-231-6479, 231-6473,
231-6281, 231-6265
Fax: +592-231-6246

April 23, 2007

PRESS RELEASE
Windball Launching

St. John’s College and Carmel Community High School emerged as the winners of the first two matches of the Inter-Secondary Schools Female Windball Competition, sponsored by the ERC in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport, on Friday last, at the Carifesta Sports Complex.

St. John’s College and Monar Educational Institute competed in the inaugural match, which saw St. John’s winning the toss and deciding to bat. They scored 68 for three (3) from the allotted 8 overs. Melissa Frazer, St. John’s leading batswoman, scored a whopping 37 runs off 21 deliveries, setting the tone for the other batswomen. In reply, Monar made 30 for eight (8), giving St. John’s College a convincing victory to move on to the next round of the Georgetown leg of the competition.

In the second match between Carmel Community High and the Business School, Carmel decided to bat after winning the toss. They made 69 for four (4) from the allotted eight (8) overs. The leading batswomen for Carmel were Sophia Hunte and Suke Wilson who made 15 and 12 runs respectively off of 4 deliveries each. Business School replied with 41 for five (5), giving Carmel a place in the next round.

The competition was launched with a formal opening ceremony, attended by the Minister of Culture Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony. In his address to the participants, the Minster noted that it is commendable that girls are involved in the sport of cricket. He emphasized the need for more involvement of women in other types of sports. Dr. Anthony encouraged the young ladies to remember the objective of the competition while they strive to be competitive. 

The Women’s Constituency representative on the ERC, Ms Cheryl Sampson, told the participants that cricket can be used as a catalyst for racial harmony in Guyana. She said that the unit which is formed when members from various backgrounds come together to work collectively for the success of their team, whether the team represents a school, region, country or hemisphere, illustrates in a practical manner, the concept of strength in unity.  Commissioner Sampson admonished the girls to remind themselves that the purpose of the competition is to foster racial harmony when the game becomes intense. 

This Ethnic Relations Commission Inter-Secondary Schools Female Windball Competition is part of the Commission’s continued effort to foster racial harmony among young people. The Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport is providing technical assistance to the ERC in this programme.

Fixtures for the next round of the Georgetown leg are outlined below:

COMPETING TEAMS

DATES

Queenstown Community High School
vs.
Christ Church Secondary

May 4

David Rose Memorial
vs.
St Joseph High School

May 4

Bishops High School
vs.
Lodge Community High School

May 4

Alleyne’s High School
vs.
Richard Ishmaels Secondary

May 4

Josel Education Institute
vs.
Central High School

May 4

St. John’s College  
vs.
Carmel Secondary School

May 4

The matches will be played on two pitches at the Carifesta Sports Complex, Carifesta Avenue.

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