September 29, 2016

SUR, a budding athletics club

As their name indicates the Super Upcoming Runners (SUR) Athletics Club is new to Guyana’s track and field landscape.
With just over a year of existence under their belts, the club which was formed in January of 2015 is already making a name for themselves.
Their latest accomplishment as a unit is finishing second behind powerhouse team Running Brave Athletics Club at the recently held Smalta National Youth and Junior Championships.

Some of the club’s athletes going through the paces at the Georgetown foreshore

Some of the club’s athletes going through the paces at the Georgetown foreshore

Athletes along with the coaches of the club pose for a photo at Eve Leary

Athletes along with the coaches of the club pose for a photo at Eve Leary

With long standing clubs such as the Police Sports Club and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Athletics Clubs who are known for their consistent production of talent participating at the event, finishing second at the meet ahead of those clubs is a feat worth mentioning.

The athletes doing drills at Eve Leary

The athletes doing drills at Eve Leary

Coached by Carla Rodney and Niall Stanton, not only is the club developing in their status quo but also expanding with a branch of the club already existing in Berbice under the watchful eyes of Andre Williams.
With approximately 30 athletes registered with the club, mostly consisting of junior athletes, Rodney indicated to Guyana Times Sport, that remaining focus is key for the club.
“A lot of people pegged us for a break up within the first six months but we are still here and it is because we have been dedicated and focused… I think for us to reach the heights that we want we have to remain focus, not just the athletes but us as coaches,” Rodney highlighted.

The athletes doing drills at Eve Leary

The athletes doing drills at Eve Leary

The club which utilizes the Police Sport Club ground, Eve Leary as their training facility is home to budding stars such as recent Carifta selectee Tyrell Peters, Carifta 200 metres bronze medalist Tirana Mitchell, high jumper Osafo Profit and new jumping sensation Vibert Dummet who won triple jump at last year’s National Schools Championships.
However, while the club is still breaking out of its shell, Stanton highlighted both short and long term goals for his athletes.
“Well know we can produce athletes and we hope that we can get athletes on the South American youth and junior teams for later this year as well as for the Olympics in the future.
“Our aim is to give these young people a chance to develop, grow and follow their dreams and we expect as a young club to only get better with time,” Stanton stated.
Definitely as the club’s name suggests, the club is on the rise, the question that is left to be ask is when they become established will they still call themselves Super Upcoming Runners?

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