Aug 05, 2017 Sports
– First Female to cop Cricketer of Academy Award
History was created last weekend when for the first time, a female cricketer was named Cricketer of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club Cricket Academy. Former national Under-19 player Dian Prahalad copped the top award after been named by the Club’s Coaching Staff headed by Coach Delbert Hicks. The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS, Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation since 1991 has been hosting the Cricket Academy, with the main aim of producing all rounded cricketers for the Club, Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies. Prahalad, a left arm spinner and a right handed middle order batsman was rewarded for her attendance record, personal discipline, work ethic during the Academy and willingness to learn.
Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the 2017 Cricket Academy was a success despite been badly affected by the rainy season which did not allow any pitch practice or any matches to be played. Dozens of members between the ages of 8 to 20 years attended the academy and were involved in coaching sessions to improve their batting, bowling and fielding skills, while special emphasis was placed on physical fitness. Several classroom lectures were also hosted during the two weeks academy on topics such as Rules of Cricket, History of the Game, Choosing Friends, Suicide, Drug Abuse, Personal Hygiene and HIV/AIDS. Foster at the Graduation Ceremony urged the Club members to put into practice what they would have learnt during the academy and to develop a culture of discipline, learning, faith in God, dedication and a willingness to keep climbing even when the path gets rough.
The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, he stated takes pride in its performances on and off the cricket field and informed the attentive youths that they are the ones who have to uphold the high standard in the future. The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club has produced over a dozen senior Guyana players, five for the West Indies, fifty four national junior and over one hundred for Berbice at all levels.
The long serving Secretary/CEO reminded the graduates that the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS, is the only Club in Guyana that invests in each of its members on and off the cricket field with special emphasis on education. The Club, he stated would continue to do so and would even consider expanding the Personal Development Programme in 2018.
Head Coach Delbert Hicks expressed disappointment in the weather, which affected his plans to do some work on the pitch but described the Academy as successful. He praised the young cricketers for their discipline and dedication. Like Foster, the Cricket Coach urged the Club Members to make sure that they always strive for excellence and to expand their knowledge of the game. The other awardees at the 2017 Cricket Academy were Best Batsman – Mohendra Gopilall, Best Bowler – Joshua Wilson and Most Discipline – Matthew Prass. Prahalad receives a trophy and cricket bat, while the others received educational supplies. Each of the youths at the Academy received a school bag and collection of exercise books.
The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club would like to express gratitude to the Management of Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) and Demerara Mutual Life Assurance Society (DMLAS) for their support of the Club’s Cricket Programme.
Special mention was made of Clarence Perry, Geoffrey Brewster, Sheldon Carew, Latoya Greaves and Phillip Young.
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