WITH 22-year-old tennis star Sachia Vickery signalling her intentions to represent Guyana at the Olympic Games, Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton expressed this country’s delight at the news, stating emphatically, “We would love to have you representing us.”
Vickery, born to Guyanese parents Rawle Vickery and Paula Liverpool who hail from Region 10, had long been telling the world about her affiliation to the ‘mighty Kaieteur’ and told Dr Norton and reporters at the Minister’s Main Street office, “I might not have been born in Guyana, but I tell people I’m Guyanese. All my family, my parents are from Guyana and people from here support me a lot whenever I play. They would reach out to me personally, or to my mom, so it’s only right that I return.”
The diminutive but powerful player’s last visit to Guyana was in December 2015. According to Vickery, at her meeting yesterday with the Minister who is also responsible for Sport, “My visit now is to meet with a few people, to let them know I’m a part of this country, for them to see me and so on.”
Minister Norton pointed out that with Vickery showing willingness to represent Guyana, it could open the door for others who are similarly competing at the highest level within their respective disciplines to follow in her footsteps.
Upon learning of the player’s link to Kwakwani through her mother, and Linden thanks to her father who also represented Guyana (in football), Minister Norton said, “You know, it’s no surprise, really. Linden brings out the best and also Kwakwani has produced some really top athletes as well.”
Meanwhile, Vickery is expected to meet with president of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) Juman Yassin today at the Liliendaal headquarters, as well as Guyana Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA).
Vickery is still relishing her well-deserved climb in the latest World Rankings and is on the verge of breaking into the WTA’s Top 100 for the first time after she had the best week of her career in Auckland, New Zealand.
She not only reached the first WTA semi-final of her career, but also set a brand new career-high of No.106 in the world (according to the latest WTA Rankings).