Kaieteur News – The 60th National Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships was officially launched yesterday at the National Track and Field Center, Leonora.

The event is hosted by the Ministry of Education and the Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU), from November 27 to December 2.

With the last championship held in 2019, organisers said they are extremely excited to see its return after two years of not having the competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Providing an overview of the upcoming event, GTU president, Mark Lyte, stated that over six days, the nation’s best student-athletes and teachers from 15 districts, will compete for medals and bragging rights in swimming at the National Aquatic Centre, cycling at the National Park and athletics at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora.

On Monday, November 28, the National Park and the National Aquatic Center will be packed with cyclists and swimmers, while all roads will lead to the National Track and Field Center from November 29 to December 2 for the athletics leg of the championships.

Chief Education Officer, Dr Marcel Hutson, said the Ministry of Education has prioritized sports development in the education system, noting that sports form part of the ministry’s agenda to produce well-rounded students.

“We believe that significant investments were injected by the Government of Guyana through the Ministry of Education for the development of sports in schools. So, this is a big thing on the agenda because our national strategic plan speaks clearly to the promotion of sports. After all, what we intend to do is to build the whole man speak to the body, the soul, and the spirit,” Dr Hutson said.

Dr Hutson further called on students to be supportive of their peers during the competition. He also commended the work of the National Management Committee for its dedication to ensuring the event is hosted.

Also delivering remarks was Banks DIH Communications Manager, Troy Peters.

Banks DIH has been the championships’ biggest supporter over the years, with Peters expressing appreciation for being part of the event.

He noted that the company remains committed to supporting the development of Guyana’s youth through education and sport.

Present at the event were members of the Management Committee, the Deputy Director of Sports, Melissa Dow-Richardson along with students and teachers from schools in Region Three.

The 59th edition of the Championship saw District 10, Upper Demerara/Kwakwani, winning their fifth consecutive overall title to take their total wins to an impressive 18 overall.