Collins among marquee international athletes to attend meet
Aliann Pompey Invitational
Participation of former World Champion Kim Collins has been confirmed in the Aliann Pompey Invitational slated for July 15th at the Lenora Stadium. Collins will participate in the Banks DIH-sponsored men’s 100-metre race.
A qualifying round of the event would be run at approximately 4:15pm, with the finals set for staging at 5:35pm. Besides Collins, Emmanuel Callender, Trinidad & Tobago’s 2017 national champion and two-time Olympic bronze medallist, would feature in the event. Callender’s time of 10.10s was good enough to win Trinidad’s recently concluded Senior Championships.
Other notable sprinters who would be participating in this race are Levi Cadogan of Barbados and Chavaughn Walsh of Antigua and Barbuda.
The list of Guyanese sprinters who will start the race depends on the outcome of the Senior National Champs that are being held this weekend at the Leonora Stadium.
The race is named for one of the major contributors to the success of the competition thus far, Banks DIH, specifically under the brands Powerade, Malta Supreme, and Rainforest Waters.
In a release to the media, Aliann Pompey noted: “I’m thrilled about this partnership. Banks, from the beginning, understood the vision of this competition; what it could do for our athletes; what it meant for Guyana on the international track scene; and bought in right away. I’m glad it wasn’t a one-off situation, as they are back in a much bigger way to support the event, particularly the men’s 100m dash. I thank Banks from the bottom of my heart for working so hard to make this happen. It costs a pretty penny, but I believe it’s worth it, and I’m glad they do as well. Mr. Mortimer has been behind the scene making sure the pieces come together, and that athletes will be well hydrated with Banks’ products. I want to thank Clive Pellet for making the important introductions and seeing it through. I owe an immense amount of gratitude to Mr. Carlton Joao for trusting us to do a great job while aligned with the Banks DIH brand.”
The international field is listed below:
Kim Collins (SKN)
Emmanuel Callender (TRI)
Tre Houston (BER)
Chavaughn Walsh (ANT)
Jaqouhne Hoyte (BAR)
Virjillo Griggs (PAN)
Levi Cadogan (BAR)
Tahir Walsh (ANT)
Ramona Hill (JAM)