Oct 25, 2020 Sports
By Zaheer Mohamed
KaIt has long been accepted that sports can help build and enhance critical life skills, such as time management, collaboration, achieving short term objectives and long-term goals, building self-confidence and the social bonds that are formed with teammates.
Students who participate in sports are more likely to be both successful during and after their time at school hence the school’s curriculum ensures that sports play a key role in delivering a well-rounded education to students, creating very high rates of participation.
It came as no surprise when 17-year old Essequibo Female Cricketer Divine Ross credited her involvement in cricket for her success at the recent CSEC exams. Ross, who attended Abram Zuil Secondary School on the Essequibo Coast and plays for Young Guns CC at Zorg obtained passes in 16 subjects at the exams.
She gained Distinctions at Agriculture Science, Physical Education and Family and Resource Management, Grades one at English Language, Biology, English Literature, Human and Social Biology, English Literature, Integrated Science, Office Administration and Principles of Business, Grades two in Mathematics, Food, Nutrition and Health, Social Studies and Spanish and Grades three in Geography and Caribbean History.
Apart from her cricket career where her goal is to play for the Guyana Senior Team and the West Indies Women’s Team, Ross wants to become a lawyer and intends to pursue studies at the University of Guyana.
Ross said that cricket thought her discipline and determination which play an important role in her success at the exams. “When I started to play cricket, I didn’t know that is was such a disciplined game, but I later learned the importance of being a disciplined player and I gained self- confidence,” she added.
Prior to the exams, schools were closed due to covid-19 and this proved to be a challenge for students preparing for exams, but Ross, like many others didn’t give up. “All praise is for God, I was determined to be successful. I knew that if I didn’t do well, I wouldn’t be comfortable so I worked hard and smart. It was challenging but I had to make full use of the internet and text books. The teachers were very helpful as well.”
Being involved in cricket helps her to spend her time away from her studies meaningfully, which also helps her to concentrate for longer periods. “Playing cricket helps you to relax, it keeps you healthy and helps to build mental toughness which comes in handily during studies,” she posited.
Ross pointed out that she was faced with a number of challenges playing cricket when she entered exams class, but she managed to balance the game with her studies. “Some of my peers told me to drop the game leading up to my exams, but I did not. I was confident of doing well so I continued to play the game and this helped me along the way. Sometimes the timing for cricket and lessons would clash and I would share my time with both and depend on friends for notes that I missed. I was also assisted by the manager and coach so my advice to others is to listen to the voice inside of them and not around them. If your mind can conceive it, and your heart can believe it, then you can achieve it.”
Ross who began her education in her village at Riverstown Primary School, started to play cricket at a tender age thereby developing a passion for the game. Her first exposure to training came just over two years ago at Zorg Cricket ground under Coach Forbes Daniels.
She first represented Essequibo in 2018 at the Under-17 Franchise tournament. Bowling medium pace, she picked up four wickets including an hat-trick in the final game which earned her the Player-of-the-match award; her feat helped Essequibo to win the title.
She also played in the 2019 edition of the tournament and was among the wickets. Ross who is eager to get back on the field does most of her training at home and would visit the ground once a week to practice.
She said that she intends to work on improving her batting and other aspects of her game. Ross showered praise on the Almighty and expressed gratitude to her father David Ross, mother Audrey Ross, Grandmother Clorine Farley, teachers, Coach Daniels, Manager Debra Daniels, team mates and friends.
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