Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 7th 2015 Contents A12
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, March 7, 2015
Although he was banned from
playing secondary school cricket
because of falling grades, Educa-
tion Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh
says playing sports can improve
students academic skills.
Speaking at the presentation of
The Fundamentals, a cricket
coaching DVD by the Darren
Ganga Foundation at Naparima
College yesterday, Gopeesingh said
Government would soon meet
with other sporting bodies to see
how they enhance extra-curricular
activities in schools.
"There is a direct corelation in
intelligence between academia and
sports and so as you engage in
more and more sports, mentally
you become stronger and better.
When you are physically fit and
engaged in sports, your ability to
concentrate on your studies is even
better," Gopeesingh told students
of his alma mater.
Giving a history lesson on him-
self, he said that when he was a
number three batsmen for the
school, he scored 27 and 25 in
Physics and Chemistry, causing
his father to ban him from playing
cricket. However, he said excelling
in both sports and academics
require proper time management
and discipline. He said he returned
to playing cricket in his later years,
even while attending the University
of the West Indies.
"I believe that sports gave me
the ability to move forward in
life, to be able to face defeat and
to face success. It gave me a dis-
cipline that there is a leader who
you must recognise and that is
your captain. That set the stage
for my professional career in
medicine after I came back from
London in 1981...
"I gave you a little history about
myself, not basically to speak about
myself, but for you to see as stu-
dents where you life can go and
where you want to carry your life.
you can be better than Darren
Ganga, his brother, myself and
many others playing for the West
He said cricket was one of the
most played sports in schools, but
soon Government would announce
an expansion of the Physical Edu-
cation programme to include table
tennis and badminton.
Ganga, a former West Indies
batsman and T&T national team
captain said the animations, live
action clips, indoor and outdoor
demonstrations will assist students
in mastering proper cricket tech-
niques. The DVD includes advice
from present and former players
like Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sunil
Narine, Anisa Mohammed, Curtly
Ambrose and Ian Bishop.
"I am convinced that any young
cricketer who goes through the
DVD as part of their coaching and
training would really elevate his
game," Ganga said. So far 10,000
copies of the DVD have been made
available to all schools in T&T.
The students were also allowed
to practice spin bowling techniques
and saw Gopeesingh bowl a full
delivery which crashed into Ganga s
foot, leaving him to rub out the
Govt to enhance
activities in schools
Former West Indies player and T&T cricket captain Daren Ganga, right, presents copies of his cricket coaching
DVD to Dr Michael Dowlat of Naparima College, and Minister of Education Dr Tim Gopeesingh at the Daren
Ganga Cricket Coaching DVD presentation at the school yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
UNC Deputy Political Leader Dr
Roodal Moonilal and PNM PRO Faris
Al-Rawi will square off in an upcom-
ing debate on the issue of ethics and
values in politics.
The public forum is being hosted by
the Seventh-Day Adventist church,
which wants the assurance that the
issues of faith and moral values are
given consideration in the manifestos
of political parties.
Towards this end, its University of
Southern Caribbean (USC) will be host-
ing the public debate on March 12 titled,
Religion, Politics and the Public Good.
The event is being organised by the
USC s Department of Government and
Politics and will be held in the Social
Sciences auditorium from 4 pm to 6
Congress of the People representative
Reka Ramjit, Catholic priest Fr Clyde
Harvey and Tommy Isaac, USC phi-
losophy lecturer, will also give their
views on the issue.
USC president Clinton Valley said in
an interview, "It is the first time the
USC is organising a debate of this
"As a values-based institution, we
are best poised to stage such a forum.
"We want to hear what the politicians
and parties have to say about faith and
"We want the assurance they will be
given consideration in their manifestos."
Valley said the question of ethics in
politics had been of great concern with-
in recent times.
He said the two-hour dialogue was
designed to engage academics, religious
leaders and politicians in a spirited dis-
course on the matter.
Fellow academics, religious leaders,
political analysts and interested mem-
bers of the public are invited to attend.
The forum is one of many events
carded for the University of the South-
ern Caribbean s Charter Week, cele-
brated from March 9 to 13, 2015.
square off in debate
The University of the Southern
Caribbean is a private, co-
Established in 1927, it hosts a
diverse student body from around
The University focuses on the
academic, spiritual and moral
needs of its students through a
diverse mix of courses, events,
social and spiritual activities and
USC is fully recognised as a
tertiary educational institution
through the Accrediting Council of
T&T and the Adventist
Accrediting Association, Silver
Spring, Maryland, USA.
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