Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 9th 2014 Contents A70
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Former T&T and West Indies
captain Daren Ganga yesterday
painted a clear picture on how he
was able to achieve success in
sport, as well as his personal life
to a group of some 400 teenagers
attending the 15th annual Sport
Desk Leadership Symposium now
taking place at ,Cascacdia Hotel,
St Ann s, Port-of-Spain.
Speaking on the topic Life Man-
agement at the conference with
the theme "It Always Seems
Impossible Until It's Done", Ganga
said he was motivated to play
cricket simply because he loved it.
But even so, he admitted that
his parents were his biggest inspi-
ration and that his fate in God
fuelled that inspiration.
The former top order batsman
and part-time right-arm off-break
bowler declared that he was moti-
vated to play cricket at the highest
level because it as an avenue for
him to realise my life-long dream
which was to become an interna-
tional cricketer and be successful
"I harboured thoughts of this
from a very, very tender age. I just
didn't harbour thoughts on it, I
acted upon it. So it's one thing to
dream. Everything I have accom-
plished in life started with a dream.
It started with visualising the
process. You cannot achieve any-
thing in life without first concep-
tualising it in your mind. If you
feed your mind with thoughts that
you are going to fail an exam I can
guarantee you that 80 per cent of
the time you would fail that exam,"
"If you had any sort of interac-
tion with psychologist and sporting
psychologist, they would tell you
about positive affirmation. That
applies to everything in life. I feed
my mind with positive thoughts
about my career from very young.
That is what kept me on track. I
always believed in myself. If I didn't
believe in myself, then I would
have never been able to accomplish
what I have so far. You must be
that person that has the strongest
belief in your ability to accomplish
something. You should not depend
on another individual to have a
stronger sense of believe, if you
are trying to achieve something.
You must always push yourself to
be stronger. It's the greatest feeling
when you work hard for some-
Ganga said most times people
talk about success they left out
the parts of the journey that gave
a clearer understanding of how
they responded to failure.
He went on to explain that he
became the man he was today not
because of his parents nurturing
alone, but as a child moulded by
Ganga fondly recalled growing
up in Barrackpore where cricket
was king. Searching the echoes of
his mind the ambassador for sport
said ever since he knew himself,
his friends, family and neighbours
used to gather around the com-
munity recreation ground.
"That was the area where a lot
of people took a lot of pride in
term of the community. So when
we had a club outside of Barrack-
pore playing, we all wanted our
local club to win.
"These players became role
models in our community, because
our hopes, our pride hinged on the
performances of this team. That
drove me towards this sport. I
came from a family where my
uncles used to play. And every time
we had a family gathering you
know what the topic was --cricket!
So I had no choice but to get
involved in the sport. I developed
a passion, I developed a love for
the sport to the point where I
pushed myself to become, better
and better every time I played,"
"If you have that passion and
you have that desire, that's the
greatest part of life and living. You
cannot ask for anything better than
that. We all know what motivates
us. There are different things in
life that motivates us. Find a bal-
ance. You can't want to be the best
athlete on the field and fool around
in the class room.
"It's very difficult for you to get
consistency if you have that atti-
tude. It's not like a light switch
you can switch on and off. So if
you want to be the best athlete on
the field, you have to also strive
to be the best student in the class-
room. You must also strive to be
the best person in your commu-
nity. You must also strive to be the
best son or daughter as the case
may be and that is the sort of atti-
tude and quality that you have to
develop in yourself."
KINGSTON---Olympic 100m silver
medallist Sherone Simpson was yes-
terday slapped with an 18-month sus-
pension after testing positive for a
A Jamaican anti-doping panel voted
unanimously that Simpson was "neg-
ligent in all the circumstances".
Simpson, 29, said in January that a
supplement provided by her Canadian
trainer was responsible for the positive
Simpson, an Olympic 4x100m relay
gold and silver medallist, and her train-
ing partner, former 100m world record
holder Asafa Powell, tested positive for
the stimulant oxilofrine at last year's
national championships. Powell will
learn his fate tomorrow.
She had previously said that she
researched the "Epiphany D1" supple-
ment for up to 14 hours online before
The Jamaican sprinter said nothing
had "raised a red flag or an alarm bell"
but acknowledged that she did not dis-
close the new supplement on doping
The 29-year-old was training in the
United States and was not able to fly
back in time for the hearing.
Simpson will miss the Common-
wealth Games in Glasgow in July but
will be eligible to compete in December
2014 as her suspension is calculated
from the time she returned the positive
test for oxilofrine at the Trials in June
Two year suspension
for discuss thrower
Jamaican discus thrower Allison Ran-
dall was also yesterday suspended for
two years by the Jamaica Anti Doping
Commission (JADCO) and will not be
eligible to compete until June next year.
Randall's suspension is calculated
from the time she returned a positive
test for a banned diuretic at the National
Trials in June 2013.
The 25-year-old Randall, who holds
the Jamaican discus record with a dis-
tance of 61.21 metres, is one of eight
Jamaicans who tested positive for
banned substances last year.
She will also miss the Common-
wealth Games. (CMC)
Defending T&T Cricket Board Pre-
miership T20 champions Powergen,
will face Jenexcon Tableland today in
Group B round three action of the
TTCB T20 competition at Syne Vil-
The two teams met on Saturday and
Sunday in the national league two-day
competition, which ended in a draw.
Both teams won its opening round fix-
tures two weeks ago. Round two match-
es last week Wednesday were post-
poned because of the passing of former
national Under-19 cricketer Tevin
In round one, Powergen cruised to
a nine-wicket win over Clico Preysal.
Powergen dismissed Preysal for 78 in
17.3 overs, with spin bowler Jason
Mohammed taking 3/16. Sherwin
Ganga led the chase, scoring an unbeat-
en 56 to propel the defending champs
to 83/1 in 12.5 overs.
Tableland's encounter against Esmer-
alda was a high scoring one. Esmeralda
made 190/9 in its 20 overs, despite
3/28 from Kenton Thompson. Steven
Taylor (86) and William Perkins (60)
did not let the huge target intimidate
them, as they both banged half-cen-
turies to guide Tableland to 192/3.
In other group B matches FCB Clarke
Road will play Esmeralda and Caldrac
will tackle Clico Preysal.
In group A, Moosai battles Alescon
Comets, Seenath's Auto Bamboo faces
Munroe Road and Merry Boys, which
won the UWI T20 tournament earlier
this year, takes on Queen's Park.
All matches bowl off at 2 pm.
Moosai vs Alescon Comets
Seenath's Auto Bamboo vs Munroe
Merry Boys vs QPCC
FCB Clarke Road vs Esmeralda
Powergen vs Jenexcon Tableland
Caldrac vs Clico Preysal
Former West Indies cricketer and T&T Cricket captain Daren Ganga, centre, with World Boxing champion Ria
Ramnarine, and Olympic cycling finalist Njisane Phillip on day two of the 15th Leadership Symposium hosted
by The Sports Desk at the Cascadia Hotel ad Conference Centre in St Ann's, yesterday. PHOTO ANDRE
Ganga gives positive
advice to youngsters
with 18-month ban
meet again today
Sherone Simpson...banned for 18
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