Dead: Roy Odel WelchmanFifteen-year-old Roy Odel Welchman, who was crushed on Sunday last after he allegedly slipped off the side of a truck and fell between the wheels of a skidding machine, was “ketching his hand” during a trip to Kwakwani.This was revealed by a relative who told Guyana Times that the young man, a former student of School of Excellence in Linden had visited Kwakwani to spend time with his ailing father while his sister, with whom he lived in Linden, was out of the country. As such, he used the opportunity to “ketch his hand”.The relative said Welchman had only been working with the company, T Bovell Concessions, for a short time and was tasked with operating the GPS and record keeping for the said company.“He is a student but he recently travelled there to visit his father and like all young men when they get bored, they do want to look work you know so he just went to ketch he lil raise in the meanwhile he was there,” the relative said.The relative further said that the family is making preparations for his burial on Saturday and will also be making arrangements to meet with officials from the company.It was reported that on Sunday at about 17:30h at 16 km Bisarooni Backdam, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), Welchman was in the company of a driver and a porter when the accident took place.According to the police, the driver used the skidder to leave the backdam, and on the way out, the skidder hit a bump causing the teen, who was reportedly standing on the left side of the machine, to lose his balance and fall.Guyana Times understands that the operator immediately brought the skidder to a halt and in doing so, it ran over the teen.The driver and the porter rushed the injured young man, who was still conscious at the time, to the Kwakwani Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The police noted that the 15-year-old’s body was examined and it was observed that it had bruises to both temples, swelling of the face and eyelids, a bruise to the left forearm, and bruises on the upper left side of the back. Welchman’s body is presently at the Kwakwani Burial Ground on ice, awaiting a post-mortem.Up to late Tuesday afternoon, the operator of the machine along with the porter were released on station bail as Police continue their investigations.
0Shares0000Plateau Queens star Mercy Akinyi in action against Limuru Starlets in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom semis. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28- Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom top scorer Mercy Akinyi believes the trip to London for a week-long training will open doors for her as she seeks to turn professional.Akinyi starred during the youth tournament at the regional and national held at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega where she was the top scorer. But it is at the national where she made her name after hitting five goals to inspire her Plateau Queens side from Nyakach upset favourites Tartar 4-3 in post-match penalties to lift the inaugural Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Girls title and book a ticket to London for a week-long training.“My role model is Cristiano Ronaldo, I like the way he plays and fight for his team because he must score so I want to be like him. I want to make Nyakach proud by scoring in each game and I know I can make it,” Akinyi, who is the first born in a family of six said.Mercy Akinyi from Plateau Queens was the star of the semi final of the Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom against Limuru Starlets. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONPlaying as a number 9 striker, Akinyi, a Form 4 student at Nyakach Girls, was part of the national women’s Under-20 team that was bundled out of the 2018 World Cup Qualifier by Ghana and she is now aspiring to upgrade to the senior team.“Last year we were selected to play for the national U20 team. We started well by beating Botswana and Ethiopia, but unfortunately Ghana eliminated us and it’s because our best players were sitting for the Form 4 exams so the team was not prepared,” she added.“I have dreams of playing abroad and that’s why we played so hard to win this tournament so that we can go to London and expose our talent, who knows maybe some of us might be scouted,” Akinyi, who started playing for Plateau Queens four years ago when she joined the school, revealed.Raised by a single mother, Akinyi is thankful for the cash prize she received from the tournament, a total of Sh145, 000 – Sh30, 000 and 50,000 for the top scorer at the region and national level respectively and Sh10,000 and 45,000 team’s cash prize where they won Sh200,000 at the region and Sh1mn at the national.Plateau Queens celebrating. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONShe used the money to pay school fees and assist her family and she is upbeat of lifting her humble family to greater heights through football.“It was not easy to win this title because there were many strong teams. We had to train hard and though we were not financially stable, we kept our heads high and here we are today as champions. Since we started the games, we only had one mission and that is to go to London.Chapa Dimba has made a difference in our lives because we can now pay school fees from the money we won and help our families. It has also brought interaction with other footballers from other counties,” Akinyi noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)