RHTYSC, BCB hail Robert Selman for role in local sports

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Flashback! RHTYSC president Hilbert Foster accepts the Busta Champion of Champions trophy from then GM of Guyana Beverage Inc. Robert Selman.

… Former GM of Guyana Beverage Company Inc. passes in native T&T

 THE president and executives of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC) have sent their regards to the family and friends of the late Robert Selman, former General Manager of Guyana Beverage Company Inc.

Following a release yesterday, club president Hilbert Foster said that the passing of Selman was huge blow to the club and sports in Guyana.

“I must express deep sadness on the death of our friend and supporter Mr Robert Selman, who died last Monday in his native Trinidad. We knew that he was ailing but his death has left a huge hole that would be very difficult to replace.”

The statement by the RHTYSC remembered the late Selman as a mentor and one of the main reasons why the RHTYSC and Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) have been so successful over the years.

“I first met Mr Selman in 2003 when he asked the RHTYSC to organise the Busta Champion of Champions 40 overs tournament in Berbice for his company. The club and BCB have hosted a total of 16 editions of the very popular tournament as the relationship with the company has touched and changed thousands of lives in the Ancient County,” Foster said in the release.

Selman was described as a great human being, who was caring, humble and down to heart despite his position. He had a strong passion to make sure that sports was used to improve the lives of less fortunate youths and to promote the importance of education and discipline.

The cricketing careers of numerous RHTYSC members were made richer because of his love and encouragement, according to BCB’s Hilbert Foster who added that Selman never said no to any of their requests.

Players like Esaun and Royston Crandon, Assad Fudadin, Shemaine Campbelle and Eon Hooper all benefitted from the support he provided for over 15 years. In October 2015, he became the first recipient of RHYTSC’s highest award – The Dolphin Award of Excellence for his contribution to sports and youth development.

“Despite not being a Guyanese, there are very few of our countrymen who can match his contribution to sports in our country. His support for cricket, football, cycling and other sports during his time in our country is well recorded. The club along with the BCB would make sure that the memory of Robert Selman is kept alive by organising something in his memory.”

On behalf of the Management and members of RHTYSC and the BCB, we would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Robert Selman .It is our sincere hope that God would guide and protect you during this difficult time, May his soul rest in Peace!