The Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) yesterday brought the curtain down on their 2018 youth camp at the club’s pavilion after 10 days of activities both on and off the field.
The closing ceremony saw over 117 youngsters receiving certificates of participation.
Giving the feature address at the closing ceremony was Melisssa Dow-Richardson, Assistant Director of Sports, who lauded the youngsters for participating as she encouraged them to look beyond the opportunities on the field and to keep in mind that sports can create a wide range of opportunists off the field.
“I congratulate you…those young persons, those young people who took the decision to participate in this most useful developmental activity at such an important time in your life,” Dow-Richardson said.
“It’s up to you to take what you have learnt and make the best of it. Fundamentally, the game theatrically and practical elements are solid tools for life on and off the pitch. Sports is not on the green or on the pitch,” she added.
“Sports functions in many other ways from those areas as well… in administration, in coaching, in training, in legal elements, sports medicine. There are a wide variety of options for you as sports persons so don’t think that this experience that you had on the field is just for that area,” the former national table tennis player stated.
Meanwhile, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon who is a Patron of the Club, was also on hand to share some advice with the youngsters.
“Today, I speak to you not as the Minister of State but as the Patron of your club,” Mr Harmon said.
“I wish to recognise and acknowledge the hard work that is being done by the executives and members of the Demerara Cricket Club…
“It is important that you know first and foremost that you have participated in what I would call, a rite of passage associated with an 106-year of proud tradition that can be traced back to the year 1912; the year the club was formed,” he noted after which he pledged $250,000 to the club.
The club also handed out several awards at the end of the camp:
Under – 13
Roy Fredrick’s trophy for the most improved batsman – Loram Sewcharran
The Lance Gibbs trophy for the most improve bowler – Michael Shrama
The Roger Harper trophy for the most improved fielder – Lebrun Burns
The Derwin Christian trophy for the most improved wicket keeper – Quon Torrington
The Fred Wills trophy for the best classroom participant – Ephraim Mingo
The M.P Fernandes trophy for the most disciplined participant – Deane Hughes
The Clive Lloyd trophy for the most valuable participant – Ryan Sadick 13 – 18 category:
Roy Fredrick’s trophy for the most improved batsman – Joshua Reddy
The Lance Gibbs trophy for the most improved bowler – Arif Bacchus
The Roger Harper trophy for the most improved fielder – Mark Sharma
The Derwin Christian trophy for the most improved wicket keeper – Nicholas Samaroo
The Fred Wills trophy for the best classroom participant – Idris Allen
The M.P Fernandes trophy for the most disciplined participant – Mitran Dhanraj
The Clive Lloyd trophy for the most valuable participant – Jaydon Alves.