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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, December 19, 2014
"It s all about hard work and blessings,"
Keshorn Walcott told a group of excited
primary schoolers who asked him the
secret of his success.
The 2012 Olympic gold medal winner
was speaking with children from his old
school L anse Noir Moravian, and the
neighbouring primary school Toco RC Pri-
mary School at a special Christmas treat,
he and the blink/bmobile Foundation had
arranged for them at Toco Regional Com-
plex recently. West Indies cricketer Dwayne
Bravo was on hand to lend his support.
"It s the season for giving and
blink/bmobile and I decided to do some-
thing to give back. L anse Noir Moravian
is where it all started for me...it was my
base," Walcott said. "I think it s important
to start where I started, with the schools
that were close to the community where
I grew up. To finally be in a position to
give back fills me with great pride and
partnering with an experienced entity like
the blink/bmobile Foundation on this ini-
tiative is very important to me," he added.
L anse Noir s Principal, Christine Rogers
said: "Spending time with role models is
invaluable to the students development.
Keshorn Walcott was a very disciplined
and talented student, he is an ideal exam-
ple for the children." Arlene Williams, one
of the teachers at the school said, "They
love Keshorn Walcott so much. I even
have a child named Keshorn Walcott in
my class. They feel so proud to be here
just to be with him."
Acknowledging what a special treat the
occasion was for the pupils, Bravo said,
"It s good to see a very busy and successful
person like Keshorn take time off to spend
with his home town Toco and primary
school." TSTT staff was on hand to help
out at the event and Acting Chief Mar-
keting Officer, Camille Campbell, said
they were there to support Keshorn Wal-
cott because giving back to the community
TSTT staff volunteer at the event, Liza
Goorahlal, was enjoying helping the chil-
dren use the bouncy castle and climbing
wall provided. "My family is from Toco,
so I have roots here and, finally, I really
love little children. Also, the role model
aspect of it, Keshorn Walcott and Dwayne
Bravo being here is something that will
inspire the young ones."
Though quiet, happy and well-behaved
throughout the presentations, the children
erupted into glee and were heard squealing
with delight when they were let loose on
the grounds to play in the bouncy castle
and climb the climbing wall.
Omarion, nine, of Toco RC, said he was
really enjoying the occasion. He said he
especially liked the excitement of the
bouncy castle and to see Keshorn Walcott.
He added: "It s good the people came back
to us to give us something for Christmas
to make us happy."
Walcott surprises hometown
with Christmas treat
Yin Lee Assang, David Rodriguez and Nabeel
Mohammed were all double crown winners
when the RBC Junior Tennis tournament came
to a close at the Trinidad Country Club, Mar-
Lee Assang defeated Solange Skeene 4-1, 4-
2 to win the girls Under-12 singles title. Later
on Lee Assang joined forces with Victoria Koylass
to capture the girls U-14 doubles crown. The
pair outlasted Anya King and Thalia Skeene 2-
6, 6-4, 10-7.
Rodriguez defeated Ethan Wong 4-2, 5-3 to
win the boys U-10 singles title. Rodriguez and
Wong then renewed their friendship to snatch
the boys doubles U-10 title, when they defeated
Jacques Noreiga and Johnnu Su 5-4, 4-1.
Mohammed was a comfortable winner over
Ross Hackshaw in the boys U-18 singles final
with a 6-3, 6-0 victory. Mohammed and Timothy
Davis then clinched the boys U-18 doubles title
with a hard fought 7-5, 7-5 win over Brandon
Gregoire and Aaron Soo Ping Chow.
double up at
Boys Under-10 Singles
David Rodriguez def Ethan Wong 4-2, 5-3
Boys U-12 Singles
Aidan Carter def Ethan Jeary 2-4, 4-1, 10-5
Girls U-12 Singles
Yin Lee Assang def Solange Skeene 4-1, 4-2
Girls U-14 Singles
Anya King def Lily Lanser 6-3, 6-3
Boys U-14 Singles
Che Andrews def Sanjeev Seenath 5-7, 6-1,
Boys U-18 Singles
Nabeel Mohammed def Ross Hackshaw 6-3,
Boys U-10 Doubles
David Rodriguez/Ethan Wong def Jacques
Noreiga/Johnny Su 5-4, 4-1
Girls U-10 Doubles
Ella Carrington/Cai Drummond def Haleigh
Fabres/Cameron Wong 5-4, 5-3
Boys U-12 Doubles
Liam Sheppard/Nathan Valdez def Alexander
Thorp/Christopher Thorp 4-1, 4-1
Girls U-12 Doubles
Kaela Frank/Solange Skeene def Maria
Honore/Emily Lawrence 4-2, 4-1
Boys U-14 Doubles
Ethan Jeary/Samuel West def Aidan
Carter/Adam Ramkissoon 6-0, 4-6, 10-5
Girls U-18 Singles
Emma-Rose Trestrail def Shauna Fitzwilliam
Boys U-18 Doubles
Timothy Davis/Nabeel Mohammed def
Brandon Gregoire/Aaron Soo Ping Chow 7-5,
Girls U-14 Doubles
Yin Lee Assang/Victoria Koylass def Anya
King/Thalia Skeene 2-6, 6-4, 10-7
Boys U-10 Consolation Singles
Nicholas Vilain def Tyler Chamberlain 5-4, 4-
0Girls U-10 Consolation Singles
Charlotte Ready def Ayasha Smith 5-3, 4-2
Boys U-10 Novice Singles
Sebastian Byng def Marc Dwarika 4-2, 4-1
Girls U-14 Consolation Singles
Victoria Koylass def Kimberly Sabga 4-0, 4-1
Some students of L'anse Noir Moravian and Toco RC
Primary spend a moment with their hero at the
Christmas treat hosted by blink | bmobile Foundation
and Keshorn Walcott.
CENTURION---West Indies assistant man-
ager Andre Coley says his openers will need
to occupy the crease for a considerable peri-
od in mounting a serious fight-back against
South Africa when the first Test enters its
third day today.
Coley is banking on a solid start from
openers Kraigg Braithwaite and Devon Smith
to help turn things around for the visitors
after two miserable days in the field.
A double century from captain Hashim
Amla and centuries from AB de Villiers and
Stiaan van Zyl piled on the misery for the
West Indies as the homeside soared to 552
for five declared just before tea.
"Kraigg has a history of spending a lot
of time at the crease and that is something
that we definitely will need in our first
innings," said Coley.
"Devon having played that warm-up game
and also having that opportunity to also
spend some quality time in the middle should
be relishing the opportunity as well".
No play was possible after the schedule
tea time interval on the second day after
rains swept across SuperSport Park, pre-
venting South Africa from driving home the
advantage of an imposing total.
After the five sessions in the field, Kemar
Roach remains the best bowler with two for
52 but in his absence, due to injury, on Thurs-
day, Sulieman Benn led the attack with two
for 148 from 46 overs.
"We have been in the field for the better
part of two days so we are all clear on how
the pitch is likely to play," said Coley.
"I am sure our fellas will be in a positive
frame of mind when we approach our first
The best moment for West Indies in the
game thus far has been an impressive bowling
spell early in the South African innings that
sparked a slide where South Africa lost three
quick wickets for no runs in the space of 14
Coley says the bowlers did not put the
ball in the right places and so must take
blame for allowing their opponents to recover
"There were times, especially that second
hour yesterday when we bowled in areas that
caused a bit of problem," Coley recalled.
"I am sure the bowlers will be honest with
themselves and will actually agree that we
never really put deliveries in areas consistently
to be able to apply pressure". (See Page 62)
Windies relying on openers to lead fight-back
Shoulder injury forces Badree out of Big Bash
BRISBANE---West Indies legspinner
Samuel Badree has been ruled out of the
Big Bash League due to a shoulder injury.
The Trinidad and Tobago cricketer, who
will undergo surgery, was set to turn out
for Brisbane Heat in the Australian Twen-
ty20 league, which began yesterday.
"It is very unfortunate for Samuel, who
was looking forward to playing in the BBL
with us and would have been an exciting
player to watch for our fans," said Heat gen-
eral manager Andrew Blucher.
"We wish him a speedy and successful
Former England allrounder Andrew
Flintoff and New Zealand left-arm spinner
Daniel Vettori are now the Heat s only two
international signings this year. (CMC)
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