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GDF wins 2016 Inter Services Annual Athletics Competition

The Guyana Defence Force amassed a whopping 810 points to deliver a three-peat and win the 2016 edition of the Inter-Services Annual Athletics Championships (ISSAC) which concluded on Friday November 4, after four days of  heated , yet friendly competition among the Disciplined Services. 
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) clinched the second place with 709 points and the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) finished in third place with 117 points. The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) rounded it off at fourth, with 107 points.
The title of Champion Male was shared by GDF's Damon Williams and the GPF's Winston George, who each gained 30 points. With 20 points each, GDF's Ernesto Thomas and the GPF's Troy Lewis shared the title of Runner Up to the Champion Male.
Police's Aletha Moore (30 points), emerged the Champion Female, while GDF's Natrena Hooper (28 points) gained the Runner-Up spot.
The Championships were held under the theme: "Promoting Team Spirit and Discipline through Sports."
The final points standings were: GDF - 810, GPF -709, GPS - 117, GFS - 107.             
Chief of Staff Brigadier George Lewis congratulated the GDF on its sterling and impressive performance, delivering its third consecutive ISAAC win. He also congratulated all the other participants, coaches, ancillary staff, and the officials, whose efforts made the championships a success.


Carlos Alberto Neiva Barcellos, a Brazilian Army General, was received at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Monday evening, October 31 by senior Officers of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF). General Barcellos is on an official orientation visit to Guyana.

To date, he has paid courtesy calls to the Brazilian Ambassador, His Excellency the President of Guyana and the Chief of staff of the Guyana Defence Force.  On Tuesday November 1, he was a guest at the Thanksgiving Church Service that marked the Guyana Defence Force’s 51st Anniversary and the official observance of Defence Force Day.  Several other activates were also planned for the General which included Luncheons, a visit to the Jungle and Amphibious Training School at Makouria, Essequibo River, and a trip the famed Kaieteur Falls prior to his departure on Friday November 4th, 2016.
The Guyana Defence Force and the Brazil Armed Forces continue to share decades of close relations, which has seen the GDF benefitting from military exchanges and training among others.




The illegal aircraft (Reg # N767Z) that was recently discovered camouflaged at an airstrip in Yupukari, has since been repaired, and was flown from Yupukari to Lethem initially, before arriving at the Cheddie Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at 1000 hours this morning.


Aeronautical Engineers of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Air Corps, after inspecting the aircraft, had identified the problems which had rendered it unserviceable. The necessary spares were sourced, and the repairs conducted, resulting in the aircraft becoming operable.


The aircraft was subsequently flown by GDF Pilots to Lethem on Friday, September 30th where it overnighted. This allowed for the GDF Engineers to conduct further repairs and functional checks under more favourable conditions, so as to ensure the aircraft’s suitability to fly to Timehri. Consequently, the aircraft departed Lethem for CJIA this morning at 0910 hours, and is currently secured at the GDF Air Corps Hangar, Air Station London, CJIA.


Investigations are ongoing with regards to all aspects surrounding the discovery of the aircraft.

GDF Boxers Secure the Best Gym Title in the Lennox Blackmore Memorial (National Intermediate) Championship

GDF Boxers Secure the Best Gym Title in the Lennox Blackmore Memorial (National Intermediate) Championship

Guyana Defence Force amateur boxers out-boxed their opponents, to secure for themselves the Best Gym title when the Lennox Blackmore Memorial (National Intermediate) Championship concluded at the National Gymnasium on Sunday, September 11. After blazing through the preliminaries and semi-finals, the GDF headed into the finals of the competition with the aim of finishing as the overall winners.

For their efforts, the GDF now boasts seven Champions and 10 Runners-Up from the field which totalled 22 pugulists. Recruit (RCT) Travis Hubbard claimed the Lightweight Championship in the youth category of the tournament. Private Anil Chitraj the Junior Flyweight champion, while Ordinary Rating (OR) Don Cumberbatch and Private (PTE) Jemol Brisport are the Flyweight and Lightweight champions respectively.

Private Joshua Fraser copped the middleweight title while PTEs Aluko Bess and Floyd Cato rounded out the Champions Row in the Light Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight divisions respectively.

The 10 Runners-Up are: Privates (PTEs) Royden Nicholson (Junior Flyweight), Reeaz Jahur

ali (Flyweight), Courteney Lynch (Bantamweight), Lance Corporal (LCPL) Triston Brown (Lightweight), RCT Rondel Douglas, LCPL Orlando Norton (Welterweight), PTEs Darren Mcpherson (Middleweight), Marvin Williams (Light Heavyweight), Ryan Roberts (Heavyweight), and , Reneee Lewis (Super Heavyweight).

According to Terrence Pool the GDF Boxing Coach, the team aquitted themselves well. “The performances were better than at the Novices (national) which shows that, not only have they been training hard, but that they have put into practice what they were taught,’ he said. “Of course, there is much room for improvement and I am confident that our boxers will continue working hard to improve their skill and technique,” he added.

Coach Poole has indicated that the current crop of winners have earned the right to move on to the National Open Championship which is slated for mid-October. “They can now move on to the next level, where it will be tougher. But, with their training and determination, I am sure that we will reap further successes,” he said.

Responding t

o an inquiry regarding the outstanding boxers this time around, Coach Poole said, “All the guys have been outstanding. They have worked hard and done well. However, if I may, I’d like to make special mention of PTE McPherson, PTE Fraser, OR Cumberbatch, PTE Brisport and PTE Cato. The latter three won at the Novices and also now at the Intermediate. The lone female, LCPL Shonnette McFarlane weighed in but her opponent failed to show up so Shonette lost the opportunity to fight.”

“Guyana will field a team at the Caribbean development Tournament which will be held in Barbados in December. Our boxers are aware that members of the GDF team will be selected from the National Open Championship. They know therefore, that they have a chance to be on that team once they out -perform other competitors and win.” The Coach is hoping to see as many as eight to 10 GDF Boxers being selected to the National Team

The Chief of Staff, Officers and Ranks, together with the Civilian employees of the Force congratulate the team on its success and wishe them well in the future. 



The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Friday September 9, 2016 presented 25 students with bursary following their successful completion of the National Grade Six Assessment Examinations.


The awardees represented the top 25 children of uniformed ranks and civilian employees of the Force who attained 75% or greater at the Examinations. They will receive the award every year for the next five years. Raoul Nicholls of Queens College, Jamahl Cort of the Bishops High School and Javier St Claire of St Roses High School were the top three awarded.

In a highly motivate presentation to the awardees, Lieutenant Colonel Dwain Jervis encouraged them to always aim for high ideals. He noted that while they have completed the NGSA, this was just the first step. “So continue to work hard for the next five years so you can celebrate even more when you successfully complete the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations. I would like to see some of you in the top one percent or achieved at least 10 subjects. Continue working hard, Don’t Stop!!” he urged.

He also encouraged them to maintain the same level of focus and not allow themselves to fall prey to the many distractions which abound. Lieutenant Colonel Jervis congratulated the awardees and also extended the same sentiments to their parents and encouraged them to continue to support their children.


Top awardee, Raoul Nicholls, moved the vote of thanks on behalf of the awardees and noted that he and the others were grateful and honoured to be recipients of the bursary awards and promised that they would heed the advice given to them.


The GDF began awarding bursaries in 1974 and this group of awardees brings the number of recipients over the years to 880.