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World Champion Gwen O'Neil

03 Dec: Gwendolyn “Stealth Bomber” O’Neil: First Guyanese Woman to win a World Boxing Title

‘Gwen’ grew up in the Barima River area of the North West District in Guyana, the twentieth child in a family of 21 kids. She says she owes her toughness in the ring to long hours spent doing hard work on her parents’ farm at an early age.  Her father, who was from St. Lucia, died when she was five. She had also had to fight her way through school, so as not to be taken advantage of…

Christine Sukhram

27 Nov: She Rocks! Christine Sukhram, Six-Time Guyana Women’s Open Golf Champion

Christine Sukhram is the only leading lady in Guyana when it comes to golf.  She is currently the reigning Guyana Women’s Open Champion. In 2004, at the age of 15, Christine recorded her second international junior title when she won the Pepsi Junior Golf Tournament in Barbados. After proving herself a winner, Christine was selected for the Soca Soft Drinks sponsorship program for talented young Guyanese. Among her most memorable victories at that tender age was the Best Ladies Competition,…

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13 Nov: A Splash of History: Maritza Correia McClendon – First Black Woman to Compete on the US Olympic Swim Team

In 2004 Maritza Correia McClendon made history when she became the first Black woman to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team. She helped to secure the silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.  Maritza was born on December 23, 1981 in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Guyanese parent, Vincent and Anne Correia. In 1988, when Maritza was seven years old, she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis which is…

Sprinter Kadecia Baird

07 Nov: She Rocks! Kadecia Baird – Track and Field Rising Star

Kadecia Baird has established herself as New York’s fastest female high school sprinters.  This 17 year old star athlete has made a big impact on the track and field community. Kadecia grew up in  Campbellville, Georgetown and is a senior at Medgar Evers High School in Brooklyn, New York.  She began competing in Guyana, passionately pursuing a junior national title. However her talent sky rocketed after she migrated to the U.S. three years ago. Kadecia is a member of her school’s…

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18 Oct: Squashing the Competition – Nicolette Fernandes

Caribbean Squash Queen Nicolette Fernandes was born  in Toronto, Canada on June 19, 1983.  She moved back to Guyana with her parents at an early age began playing squash competitively at the age of 8.   Representing Guyana, she dominated the junior category both domestically and regionally before she became famous for her outstanding performance at various Caribbean Championships.  Nicolette made a significant leap when she was just 19-years-old and emerged as Champion at her first Pan American Games. Nicolette has…

13 Oct: She Rocks! Shondell ‘Mystery Lady’ Alfred – 2011 Inspirational Boxer of the Year

Shondell ‘Mystery Lady’ Alfred is a professional boxer from Guyana. She is one of the first female boxers to represent Guyana internationally and in 2011 the “Mystery Lady” was awarded “Most Inspirational Boxer of the Year” by the Women’s Boxing Archive Network (WBAN).  Alfred’s knockout victory over Corrine Van Ryck DeGroot was largely responsible for her winning the award in front of a glamorous line up of boxers worldwide. Shondell grew up in Albouystown where she took to athletics and later karate while in…

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10 Oct: Champions!!! The Guyana Women’s Basketball Team

These beautiful young women are deserving of our congratulations because they definitely Rock! The GUYANA Women’s Basketball Team played undefeated to claim the title of the 12th annual Gillian Brazier Basketball Shootout earlier this year in Antigua and Barbuda. The team claimed a 74-34 victory to wrap up the tournament with a 5-0 record with wins versus St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua. The United States-based, Shauntelle Nelson, was named MVP and was also added to the All-Star team,…

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08 Oct: She Rocks! Laura Creavalle – Guyana’s most Decorated and Successful Bodybuilder

The most accomplished, decorated and successful bodybuilder (easily) from the land of many waters happens to be a woman by the name of Laura Creavalle who performed in Guyana in the 1990s and was inducted into the IFBB Hall of fame in 2007. Laura was born on January 25, 1959 in Essequibo, Guyana.  She was one of the most successful female bodybuilders of the 1990s. Laura earned her pro card by winning the heavyweight class at the 1988 IFBB World Amateur…

Charmaine-Hooper

06 Oct: Kicking it with Charmaine Hooper! Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee

Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee, Charmaine Hooper, was born on January 15, 1968 in Georgetown, Guyana. She was raised in Ottawa, Canada and is a former striker for the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team. She began playing soccer as a child in Zambia, where her father was posted with the Guyana High Commission. Known as one of the world’s most lethal strikers throughout her career, Charmaine has been a fixture on the Canadian team…

Aliann Tabitha Pompey

04 Oct: She Rocks! Aliann Tabitha Pompey, Olympic Sprinter

Aliann Pompey is a Guyanese sprinter who specializes in the 400 metres. She has represented Guyana at the Summer Olympics on four separate occasions (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012). She has competed at the World Championships in Athletics five times. Born in Georgetown, Guyana, she moved to the United States at the age of 14 and graduated from Cohoes High School, and then Manhattan College in The Bronx, New York City. Initially uninterested in track…