At the Annual General Meeting of the G.S.S.F. on Friday 16th February, 2018 at the Grand Coastal Inn, Le Ressouvenir, East Coast Demerara, Director of Sport of the National Sports Commission, Mr. Christopher Jones, served in the capacity of Returning Officer for the Elections for the new Board of Directors. Director of Sport, Mr. Jones, officially released the following information after the democratic and transparent electoral process.
Members of the Board of Executives elected to serve for the period 2018-2020 are:
|Mr. Ryan McKinnon
|Mr. Mohamed Khan
|Mrs. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon
|Mr. Ray Beharry
|Assistant Secretary and Treasurer
|Mr. Andrew Phang
|Chairman (Steel Challenge)
|Dr. Pravesh Harry
|Chairman (Practical Shooting)
|Mr. David Dharry
|Mr. Nicholas Hing
|Mr. Aleemul Ali
|Mr. Steve Ninvalle
Mr. Ryan McKinnon
Mr. McKinnon is an avid outdoorsman and patriot who has a passion for promoting Guyana. He proudly speaks of the vast untouched biodiversity that the country possesses which stems from his experiences travelling to the depths of every administrative region. Growing up in central Georgetown in a single parent home he developed a respect for team work and many strong principles that today aid him in successfully managing his life and business career.
Mr. Ryan McKinnon is an active competitive shooter since 2006 (via Guyana N.R.A.) and has amassed a wealth of experience and prize winnings in the field of sport shooting both locally and internationally to date. He has won several local handgun shooting competitions and is currently the defending champion for the all the major sponsored local handgun tournaments, inclusive of those involving law enforcement agencies. He is especially proud to expand on the comradery that sport shooting typically generates amongst competitors who usually hails from all walks of life and all regions of the world. As such Mr. McKinnon strives to combine his logic, efficiency, tact and proficiency gained from his travels and experiences in order to continue promoting Guyana and regulated shooting sports.
He is certified by the IROA as a Level II Chief Range Officer, member and former hand-gun captain of the Guyana NRA, member of the United States Practical Shooting Association and the Steel Challenge Shooting Association.
Mohamed S.G.F. Khan, an Attorney-at-law in private practice since 1996 and a Trained Mediator since 2002. In 2009, as a Chevening Scholar, he obtained a Masters Degree in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent (UK). He is a past president of both the Guyana Bar Association (2012-2013) and the Guyana Mediation Institute (2010-2011). He also served as Director on Board of the National Accreditation Council (Guyana) from 2012 to 2016. Mohamed is married to Raihaana and is the father of 4 children. He has always enjoyed outdoor activities and sports and took naturally to the many disciplines of the GSSF. He hopes to make meaningful contributions to the advancement of the GSSF.
|Mrs. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon
Mrs. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon is an Attorney-at-Law in private practice. Since she was called to the Guyana Bar in 2001, she joined her Family’s Law Firm of Persaud & Associates, Georgetown. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the National Commission on Disability, Member of the Guyana NRA, Member of the United States Practical Shooting Association and the Steel Challenge Shooting Association. Vidushi is also a certified Level 1 Squash Coach and CASA Referee, having spent years on the executive of the Guyana Squash Association. In 2014 she received a National Sports Award for Female Sports Official/Personality of the Year for Guyana.
Mrs. Persaud-McKinnon enjoys the various sport shooting disciplines and has been shooting competitively since 2012. She laments the fact that sport shooting is stereotyped as something male oriented and her hope is to change the perception of the Guyanese public to understand a woman competitive shooter. In this regard, she created history in 2015 by emerging the Overall Year-end winner in Standard Division in I.P.S.C. Guyana's Match as the first female to accomplish this honour.
Vidushi has been at the helm of the Guyana Sport Shooting Federation since its formation in 2014 and 4 years later she opined at the AGM where she was elected Secretary: "In 2014 I stood here amongst you to thank you for entrusting me to assume the Presidency of what promised to be a ground-breaking progressive sporting entity: the Guyana Sport Shooting Federation. And here I am now expressing my gratitude to all of you for making the past 4 years absolutely phenomenal. Since 2014, we've faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger and even more ground-breaking for Guyana. That is because we have never let go of a belief that has guided us ever since our founding — our conviction that, together, we can change sport shooting and the concept of sport shooting in this country and take it to a whole new higher level.”
Vidushi now has the best title ever, she declared, added to her portfolio: 'Mommy".
|Mr. Andrew Phang
Mr. Andrew Phang is the Manager of International Technical Supplies (Guyana) Limited (supplier of welding equipment and accessories since 1994). In 1996 he married Anna Lisa Fraser and they have four children. Besides being an active motor racing enthusiast, he enjoys motorcycling, sport fishing and outdoor life. The Foundation is now benefitting from his years experience in sport shooting.
|Dr. Pravesh Harry
Dr. Pravesh Harry BDS is a Dental Surgeon by profession. He is employed at Dr. Sengupta & Associates’ private Dental office in Queenstown. Dr. Harry is meticulous and passionate about his work. He has a strong sense of civic pride as demonstrated by voluntary community service and activities he chooses to provide his fellow Guyanese in Dental Outreach programs. As a firearms enthusiast for many years he brings the same professionalism and enthusiasm to the Guyana Sport Shooting Federation where he is a director and founding member. Dr. Harry is a member of the United States Practical Shooting Association and the Steel Challenge Shooting Association.
David Dharry is the Practical Shooting Chairman of the GSSF and brings to the Foundation years of experience in his field as an active competitive shooter locally and regionally. He is also a member of the Guyana NRA.
A graphic artist by profession, Nicholas Hing has been involved in the world of commercial/graphic art for over 25 years, beginning under Bernard Ramsay (Creative Advertising & Marketing), then with Vic Insanally (Guyenterprise Advertising Agency), and is currently employed at the Times Media Group as Group Creative Director.
Although he has been indirectly involved in the sports of Karate and hockey through his family, his involvement in archery was fully realized through involvement with the GSSF and its collaboration with World Archery.
|Aleemul Zaman Ali
Aleemul Zaman Ali Is the director of Petroserv General Contracting Inc. from Guyana. Born on March 16, 1972 in Georgetown, Guyana, Aleemul Zaman Ali is the director of a company which he himself established in 2012 and prior to this he has served in both marine and the aviation industry, he is also certified by various petroleum equipment manufacturers and safety organisations. He then later became a member of the Guyana Sport Shooting Federation on June 2016.
Ray Beharry was appointed Treasurer from September 2016. He is the Founder, Chairman and C.E.O of Trinity Resources Inc. After spending nearly a decade working as the Finance Manager for a group of Gold Mining entities he ventured on his own with a dream to be amongst Guyana's top producers. Over the last decade and counting Ray serves as a member on the Roman Catholic Finance Council. He also served as Treasurer of the Guyana National Rifle Association for two years. He lectured Quickbooks accounting part-time at Global Technology for a few years. Ray is currently 28 years old and believes success is dependent on the way we live our lives. He is Catholic and proud to profess his faith.
Mr. Ninvalle is the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport. He also served in the capacity of Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and, was a Member of Parliament during the ninth Parliament. Mr. Ninvalle is the president of the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association and a vice president of Alpha United Football Club, one of the leading football clubs in the Caribbean. He also has the distinction of being the first person from the English-speaking Caribbean to be elected to the Executive Committee of AIBA, the world governing body of Amateur Boxing. Mr. Ninvalle is a current member of the United States Practical Shooting Association and the Steel Challenge Shooting Association. He is dedicated towards promoting sport shooting in Guyana as the Secretary of the GSSF.