GBTI continues to signal its strong support for the nurturing of young talent and cultural affiliation in Guyana, more so with its renewed focus on retail and commercial banking.GBTI Brand Ambassador Sarah KlautkyAt its recent inaugural Staff Rally to announce the new direction of the bank, popular Guyanese and West Indies cricketer Shimron Hetmeyer and popular Lawn Tennis and Hockey star Sarah Klautky were introduced as the Bank’s first Brand Ambassadors.“Part of this renewed focus is humanising the GBTI brand, and what better way to do this than to use our very own Guyanese superstars, or people and personalities who have the potential to become stars, leaders and influencers, who we believe have the potential to help us reposition GBTI as a people’s bank that engages, represents, identifies and connects with the Guyanese people and its customers at large, while at the same time proudly carries the GBTI brand wherever they go?” asked the General Manager of the bank.Sarah Christina KlautkyAt age 14, Sarah is already carving a name for herself in sporting arenas both locally and regionally. She is a fourth form student of Marian Academy, where she first engaged in lawn tennis when she was only 6 years old.Over the years, she played for the Marian Academy Lawn Tennis Club, Sheltez Tennis Club, and now the Roraima Tennis Club. She is also the reigning Under-18 GBTI Tennis Champ.Sarah has represented Guyana in the International Tennis Federation/COTECC Championship in Jamaica, where she emerged winner in the Under-14 Category. She subsequently participated in the Blue Mountain Tournament, and walked away with the Under-14 Title.Sarah has got skills! She is also a member of the Junior National Hockey Team. Having started playing hockey just about 3 years ago, she led the Guyana Junior team to victory with the most scored goals in the recently concluded Paragon Hockey Tournament in Trinidad, and she also recently copped the MVP player award in a local tournament.In accepting the ambassadorial role for GBTI, Sarah said, “I am extremely elated to now be a part of the GBTI family. I’d like to thank you for choosing me to be your Brand Ambassador. I will do my best to represent the bank in everything I do.”Shimron Odilon HetmyerGBTI Brand Ambassador Shimron HetmyerShimron Odilon Hetmyer is no stranger to Guyanese and West Indies Cricket fans. He is a professional Guyanese and West Indies cricketer. Hetmyer was a member of the Cumberland, East Canje-based cricket club Young Warriors before his selection to the West Indies Team.He started playing cricket at an early age, and was part of the West Indies’ squad for the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. In December 2015, he was named Captain of the West Indies squad for the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, and lifted the trophy for that tournament.His career is developing from strength to strength, as he has now cemented his place in the West Indies Test, One Day International and T20 batting order. He was one of the star batsmen in the just concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament, and is tipped to follow in the footsteps of previous Guyanese and West Indian batting stars Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.Hetmeyer who is away on international cricket duties in India, shared this message with the GBTI family.“Just saying, ‘Thank you’, to GBTI for bringing me on board with them, and letting me to be part of the GBTI family. I will do as much as I can to make you proud, and hopefully to see you guys soon when I get home.”GBTI is proud of Sarah and Hetty, and wish them well in their sporting careers as the bank stands in support of them.