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Guyana Day 2011 – May 15 – NYC

Hundreds in Buxton interact with Windies cricketers

Hundreds in Buxton interact with Windies cricketers

May 7, 2011 | By KNews | Filed Under Sports

By Sean Devers

Hundreds of mostly children interacted with several members of the West Indies team which will face Pakistan at Providence from Thursday when the cricketers, former Test legend Lance Gibbs and Digicel officials visited the East Coast Demerara Village yesterday.

Vice-Captain Australian born Jamaican Brendon Nash, Trinidadian left-hander Darren Bravo, Barbadian West Indies under-19 Captain Kraigg Braithwaite andGuyanese Ramnaresh Sarwan and Davendra Bishoo were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic welcome they received from the moment they emerged from the Bus.

The team’s Media officer Phillip Spooner described the experience as ‘a wonderful and moving’ one as the players interacted with the children who are members of the Buxton Youth Developers Club.

When the Bus, escorted by Police outriders to the historic Village, one of the first in Guyana bought by the freed slaves in 1834, a bevy of beauties who will participate in the Miss Buxton African talented teen pageant were ready to take them to the club house which is almost fully completed.

President of the Organization Robin Phillips officially welcomed the contingent to Buxton and told the cricketers that their presence was certain to inspire many of the over 300 youths present and assured that the people of Buxton was one hundred percent behind the regional team.

Phillips thanked Digicel for their financial contribution towards making the completion of the facility a reality after CIDA had provided 80% of the construction cost.

The Buxton Villager told Kaieteur Sport that the group began in 2004 with 30 members between ages 5-17 to try and bring back the glory days to the Village which is approximately 20 minutes from the Capitol and boasted that there are now 300 children on board.

There was thunderous applause when Sarwan and Bishoo were introduced to the large and raucous crowd which included several parents and other Villagers while Bravo, Nash and Braithwaite were also warmly received.

The cricketers demonstrated the art of batting to several youngsters, some of them not much taller than the bat and Sarwan in particular wasted little time in mingling with the crowd.

Gibbs told the youngsters that he represented West Indies ‘very long ago’ and said they should look up to the present players who are carrying the West Indies flag, while Digicel’s CEO Gregory Deen said the cell phone giants with the bigger better network in Guyana was delighted to assist the community project to help develop, youth, sports and culture in Buxton, adding that Digicel was also pleased to help bring the cricketers to meet them.

Patron of the Buxton Youth Developers Lenny Shuffler, the President of the Guyana Volleyball Association, said he was satisfied with the progress made since 2004 and explained that funds are still being sought to complete electrical and other internal aspects of the clubhouse and the chipping and rolling of the ground which will be used for cricket and football among other activities.

Shuffler, who thanked the Buxton NDC for its support, explained that the mission statement is ‘regaining the glory days of Buxton through Sports, Education and Culture. He added said the club’s motto is promoting friendship, influencing change and said that sports is being used to promote friendship, education to promote understanding and culture to gain recognition.

The cricketers spent over an hour playing cricket and interacting with the children and shared out Digicel West Indies T-Shirts as they were departing.
Several photographs were taken and autographs signed as the West Indies players advised the youths to never give up their dreams and stressed that regardless of where you come from anyone can become successful in life if they work hard for what they want.

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