Mar 02, 2016 Sports
Willing to assist GOG with Sports development
By Sean Devers in St Lucia
At age 76 Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira is still very active and just before going to do radio commentary on the second day of the PCL cricket game between Guyana Jaguars and the Windwards Volcanoes last Saturday in St. Lucia,
the veteran Broadcaster made a presentation off his book ‘Living my dreams’ to Tagenarine Chanderpaul, the youngest member of the Jaguars team.
Reds gave young Chanderpaul some words of advice and encouraged him to read the book since he said many of the young generation don’t read enough. The simple presentation was witnessed by the Guyana Head Coach Esuan Crandon, Captain Leon Johnson, Vice-Captain Vishaul Singh and Test players Rajendra Chandrika, Assad Fudadin and Devendra Bishoo, who had a similar presentation made to him on his West Indies debut.
Reds Test match commentary debuted when he called the play in 1971 when India played the West Indies at Bourda, 26 years before the 19-year-old son of former Test batsman Shiv Chanderpaul, was born. Reds hails from the Pomeroon River in Essequibo, Guyana but has been living in St Lucia since 1984 with his wife of 15 years, Zandra. He was very keen to meet the Guyana team who were on the 238 Square-mile Island for their eighth round First-Class contest. Reds had a long talk with Guyana’s newest Test player Rajendra Chandrika at the team’s hotel in Rodney Bay where, with the help of the Guyana Consulate in St Lucia Lockesh Singh, he arranged halal food for Test batsman Assad Fudadin, the only Muslim in the team.
The team’s hotel does not prepare halal food. Reds spoke of his stammering as a young man, the stroke he suffered in January 1996 in Australia and much more in his book which is on sale in Guyana. A former advisor on Sports to the late Sports Minister Shirley Field-Ridley from 1973-1978, Reds is interested helping the Government of Guyana with their sports development plan as he has successfully done in the Eastern Caribbean. Reds severed as President of St Lucia Boxing Board and the Guyana Basketball Association and was the Sports Director of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Sports Desk for 12 years. He disclosed that he was in Guyana during the last CPL and met with Dr Rupert Roopnarine indicating his willingness to assist with Guyana’s Sports development plan. Dr Roopnarine is Guyana’s Minister of Education with responsibility for Sports.
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