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Power set for
Cricket Hall of
Fame in USA
The first Cricket Hall of Fame established in
the world, is about to induct its first-ever female
international cricketer this October, in Hartford,
Stephanie Judith Power, former T&T and West
Indies women s cricket captain and later assistant
coach, is among this year s class of nominees for
induction into the Cricket Hall of Fame. She is the
first-ever international female cricketer to be induct-
ed into the Hall of Fame, located in Hartford, CT.
The induction ceremony is set to take place at the
Hilton Hotel, downtown Hartford, Connecticut,
on Saturday, October 4.
Power is a well-recognised and respected coach
in cricketing circles in the Americas region, and in
particular women s cricket in the USA. Power comes
from a cricketing family and has represented the
West Indies as a wicketkeeper/batswoman in three
cricket world cups---1993, 1997 and 2005---cap-
taining the team in the latter World Cup. The T&T
born Aries player has played in 34 One-Day Inter-
nationals for the West Indies, making her debut
against Australia in England in 1993. She played in
one Test match for the West Indies against Pakistan,
at Karachi in 2004.
The right-handed batswoman and wicketkeeper
is a physical education schoolteacher and a very
charming and patient individual. She is a favourite
player/coach among women cricketers in the USA,
and although known as a firm taskmaster, she is
very encouraging and a motivator of younger players.
Power s own faith in God no doubt has served
as her beacon. A certified Level II coach and a
trainer for Level I and Level II coaches internationally,
Power has conducted numerous coaching education
programmes in the United States, Canada, and the
Caribbean, and is the only female cricket
trainer/tutor in the Americas Region of the Inter-
national Cricket Council (ICC).
Power retired from international cricket following
the 2005 ICC Women s Cricket World Cup in South
Africa, and one year later retired as T&T s women s
Power has been a Panorama adjudicator for the
past 16 years, something she enjoys as much as
playing cricket. She is also a member on the board
of directors of the Copos Credit Union, in T&T.
A school teacher for the past 37 years, she currently
teaches physical education at San Juan North Sec-
ondary School. No doubt, over the years as a school
teacher, she has developed the patience needed to
be such an outstanding cricket coach and men-
tor.The Laventille-born talent started playing cricket
at the tender age of eight while attending Hockett
Baptist Primary School. She was considered some-
what of a tomboy back then, even while attending
St Francis Girls College and playing on the girls
cricket team. Her brother John served as her coach
and mentor. A firm believer in God, she attributes
her faith and her zest for life as the two cornerstones
of her success.
She vividly remembers her West Indies cricketing
debut, as if it were only yesterday, recalling: "My
most memorable moment as a cricketer was when
I played my first game for the West Indies. It was
during the 1993 World Cup in England. I travelled
as the second wicketkeeper, and in the match against
Australia, our primary wicketkeeper was injured
while batting, and so I made my debut. I suppose
I did a good job, because I continued as the West
Indies wicketkeeper for the next 22 years, until I
retired in 2005."
Power is not without honour in her native T&T,
in a 2012 letter of citation on her being honoured
by Atlantis Cricket Club-NY, T&T s ambassador
to the USA and permanent representative to the
Organisation of American States, Dr Neil Parsan,
wrote: "Power s tireless commitment to the sport
of cricket is undeniable and indeed commendable."
He added: "She has consistently worked for the
development of cricket in the Caribbean, and in
particular, has worked to improve women s cricket
not only in T&T, but throughout the Americas
region as well."
Her contribution to the sport of cricket is elo-
quently summed up in her own words: "I have
never done anything for rewards. In work or play,
I always try to be the best in everything.
"I once received a fortune cookie and inside it
said When you do something, do it with love
instead of for rewards. and that has been my sum
philosophy in life."
It is reassuring to note that more and more women
are being recognised for their contributions to sport,
and in particular cricket, long considered the "Gen-
tleman s game."
"I love cricket and I have received a lot
from the game. In order to give back, I
have been volunteering my services to
ensure that women's cricket continues
to grow and be enjoyed. I therefore feel
humbled and honoured that my
contribution is being recognised
---Stephanie Judith Power
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