The Demerara Cricket Club yesterday partnered with the Commonwealth Games Canada through their Director Dr. Colin Higgs in the project ‘Bowling out AIDS’ at their second annual summer cricket clinic.
Some 30 participants are a part of the clinic which is being supervised by former first class off spinner Gavin Nedd.
The programme caters for youths between the ages of 9 to 19 years, using cricket not only to improve their technical skills, but also educate them about health and nutrition, especially when it comes to HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Higgs is a Professor of Physical Education in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada where he has worked for the past 35 years.
His area of study has been sport for persons with a disability, coupled with long-term athlete development of persons with intellectual or physical disabilities.
He has worked in more than 40 countries on issues of sport for persons with a disability, curriculum development for adapted physical education, and development of community engagement through sport, while he was also an inaugural recipient of the International Paralympics Committee’s Sport Science Award
The participants of yesterday’s exercise were presented with a jersey which had the words ‘Bowling out AIDS, Working for an HIV free Generation’ emblazoned across the front and a cap, while at the end of the clinic, they will be presented with a commemorative cricket ball.