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Women qualifiers a major career stepping stone---Williams
ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Region-
al women umpire Jacqueline
Williams has described the
appointment to stand in next
month's ICC Women's Crick-
et World Cup qualifiers, as a
major stepping stone in her
The 40-year-old has already
stood in the ICC World T20 wom-
en's qualifiers, the ICC Division 5
tournament along with the Re-
gional first class championship
and Regional Super50, and sees
the latest appointment as a critical
development in her career.
"I'm delighted to be named
among the umpires for this tour-
nament. It's a major tournament
in women's cricket with some of
the best players in the world," said
Williams, the lone female on the
senior regional umpires' panel.
"All the appointments I have
been on are stepping stones and I
have welcomed all with open arms.
I always find something to work on
and improve. There is a lot to learn
as an umpire."
She added: "Going to Sri Lan-
ka, I have been doing my home-
work, looking at the conditions,
the weather and other aspects of
the game so I know what to expect
before I reach there. It's somewhere
different but I'm happy to be in-
volved and hoping to give my very
Williams is one of two regional
umpires set for the tournament
with 27-year-old Leslie Reifer Jr
also named to stand in the Febru-
ary 7-21 qualifiers.
He became one of the youngest
ever international umpires last year
when he debuted in the Twenty20
Series in Florida, United States be-
tween West Indies and India.
"This is my first tournament with
the ICC so I am really looking for-
ward to it -- the experience of stand-
ing in an international tournament,
as well the culture and atmosphere
of Sri Lanka," the Barbadian said.
"For me this is a major step in my
career. I value every opportunity I
get to stand at any level of the game.
Women's cricket is growing rapidly
in the West Indies and all around
the world, and the standard of play
is very high. I am hoping to learn
more about the game contribute in
a meaningful way."
Women's Cricket World Cup
qualifiers is a 10-team tournament
to decide the last four teams for the
Women's World Cup, from June 26
to July 23 in England.
West Indies Women, along with
Australia, England, New Zealand,
have already qualified for the show-
St Fort poised for 2nd
straight Youth award
Sprinter Khalifa St Fort is set to walk away
with her second straight First Citizens Sports
Foundation "Junior Female Sportswoman of the
Year" award when the 2016 edition of the awards
function takes place in a gala-ceremony today at
the Trinidad Hilton, Port-of-Spain from 7 pm.
Last year, swimmer Jerron Thompson and St Fort
were voted as the top junior athletes of T&T for the 2015
season by both the T&T Olympic Committee (T&TOC)
and the First Citizens Sports Foundation.
And so far this sea-
son, cyclist Nicholas
Paul and St Fort, have
captured the 2016 top
junior accolades from
T&TOC and are among
the top nominees for
their respective jun-
ior awards along with
St Fort came into local
spotlight in 2015 when
she captured gold in
the women 100m at
the 2015 Pan American
in Edmonton, Canada.
She also got silver in the 100m at the IAAF Youth
Championships in Cali, Colombia and bronze with the
women 4x100m relay team at the IAAF World Cham-
pionships in Beijing, China.
Competing at the spanking new, National Cycling
Centre, in Couva, Paul did not disappoint his home
crowd at the Pan American Junior Track Cycling Cham-
Watched by an enthusiastic home crowd, Paul helped
to lead the way with a gold medal in the men's sprint
and silver medals in both the keirin and team sprint.
He also achieved national records in the flying 200
metres (10.172 seconds) and team sprint (46.526 sec-
onds) during the past year. Overall, 45 athletes repre-
senting 26 sporting disciplines are up for the awards.
Sprinter Kalifa St Fort
West Indian female umpire Jacqueline
Williams. PHOTO: RANDY R BROOKS
FULL LIST OF 2016 NOMINEES
Tyriq Horsford (field athletics), Jenea Spinks (track), Khal-
ifa St Fort (track), Nikhil Nanan (automobile sports), Reece
Marcano (badminton), Jada Renales (badminton), Jordan
Persad (basketball), Megan Rampersad (basketball), Josiah
Clarke (canoe/kayak), Joshua Johnson (chess), Gabriella
Johnson (chess), Kirstan Kallicharan (cricket), Nicholas Paul
(cycling), Jaydon Prowell (football), Ke'die Johnson (foot-
ball), Teague Marcano (hockey), Felici King (hockey), Sachin
Kumar (golf), Serena Mackenzie (golf), Isaiah Hall (gymnas-
tics), Luke Walker (judo), Keiden Joseph (karate),
Kate Gordon (karate), Kieron Samaroo (powerlifting),
Graham Chin (sailing), Grace Ali (sailing), Nicholas Cad-
dle (squash), Alexandria Yearwood (squash), Elton John
(surfing), Jeron Thompson (swimming), Gabriela Donahue
(swimming), Jeron Pantor (rugby), Aqiyla O'Brien (rugby),
Aaron Wilson (table tennis), Brittany Joseph (table tennis),
Jean-Maurice Young (taekwondo), Chelsea Mofford (tae-
kwondo), Orlando Radix (target archery), Shemariah Ali (tar-
get archery), Aidan Carter (tennis), Solange Skeene (tennis),
Jean-Marc Granderson (triathlon), Lily Stauble (triathlon),
Marlon Phillip (volleyball), Nicolette De Mille (volleyball).
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