Guyana Blind Cricket Association

Guyana Blind Cricket Association Contacts
Mark Harper Tel: 611-0735
Theresa Pemberton Tel: 670-3535

Guyana Blind Cricket Association

The Organization was initiated by the Caribbean Council for the Blind/Eye Care Guyana with the ultimate aim of having the Blind and Visually Impaired involved in normal life of the Society, through activities, which would help to build their confidence and self esteem. The Guyana Blind Cricket Association (GuyBCA) was launched on the 31st March 2006. To become a member of the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind of which Barbados, Jamaica, Windward Islands and Trinidad & Tobago were already members, Guyana had to host two countries and involve them in a Blind Cricket Match.

Two Cricket Coaches in the likes of Bharat Mangru of the Guyana Police Force and Roderick Lovell of the Guyana Defense Force were permitted by their respective Organizations to participate in the coaching clinic in Trinidad & Tobago.

Guyana sent a National team to Barbados in July 2006 to participate in the first regional Blind Cricket Competition, even though Guyana placed last, the performance of the team members were commendable, hence three of the players were selected to the West Indies Blind Cricket Team to participate in the Blind Cricket World Cup Competition in Pakistan in December 2006, they were Ganesh Singh, Oliver Kerr and Patrick Dillon, Bharat Mangru was also selected Coach for the West Indies Team.

In 2008 Guyana held a coaching clinic and trained five conventional cricket coaches in Guyana and also Anthony Gray of T&T, two trained British Coaches conducted this five day program. In 2007, the completion was held in Jamaica, but due to financial constraints Guyana was unable to participate, and in 2008 the completion was held in T&T where Guyana placed third ,two of our players were also selected to the West Indies Team to tour England in 2008 but again due to Financial constraints they were not able to travel with the team.

In 2009 Ms. Theresa Pemberton, treasure of GuyBCA was elected Treasurer of the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind and Mr. Ganesh was appointed Director, in 2009 Guyana also losing to Barbados, T&T and Jamaica. (The players for the National Team came from Linden, East Coast, West Demerara, East Bank and Georgetown)

Over the last two years some Executive members and the Blind and Visually Impaired cricketers were involved in Workshops and Seminars and Leadership programs, these were funded by VSO and GuyBCA. Two of our young cricketers have just completed the JAWS computer program for the Blind.

The GuyBCA development program for 2008 involved Regions #2 Bartica, #5&6 Berbice and #7 Essequibo There are now two players from Essequibo, four from Berbice and one from Bartica. The players are now practicing for the 5th Regional Competition which will be held in Barbados from the 4 – 10 June 2010.

The Guyana Cricket Board is quite pleased with the progress made by the GuyBCA and the manner in which it is run. (Wikipedia)

In 2010 the Berbice Cricket Board made a donation to the Berbice Blind Cricket Association.