One day after his return to Grenada albeit for a short vacation, Sparklers Basketball Club Centre Forward player Arkim Robertson, now a student at the Western Oklahoma State University was back on the court rubbing shoulders with his old teammates not just to share new experiences but to acquire new techniques prior to his return.
Informer caught up with the 6ft 9 player on the Gouyave Basketball Court on Wednesday and according to him, things are looking positive for him in his new environment, but he wasted no time in thanking all who assisted him to realize his dream in basketball and promised to make the best use of the opportunity.
Robertson a former student of the St. John’s Christian Secondary School is originally from St. Patrick’s but lived from a tender age in the village of Mt Plaisir in Grand Roy, St John’s. He left Grenada in August this year on a Basketball scholarship, after his talent was spotted first by Peter “Shala” Andrew who was taken in by the young man’s height, impressed upon him to get involved in basketball. The young athlete later impressed the coach of the university where he is now a student, who had witnessed his performance at the Windward Island Secondary School Games.
Still grappling with the pace at which what was merely a dream galvanized into fruition Robertson told the Informer that he was elated to have been chosen but more so, to proudly represent his club Sparklers at a different level. He is forever grateful to his parents and the people who influenced and encouraged him on a daily basis.
Humbled by his achievement to date, Robertson said looking back at where he came from, being able to attend a university, not just to play the game that got him there in the first place, but to obtain an education, is indeed a blessing to him, and therefore he would be forever grateful to those who made it happen.
Not having a basketball court in the village where he grew up, and therefore having to travel to Gouyave, to ply his craft on a daily basis, Robertson who returned to Grenada to spend Christmas with his mom, told the Informer, that his hard work paid off.
Presently pursuing studies in liberal Arts and Science, at Western Oklahoma State University, Robertson encourages basketball players with similar aspirations to keep pushing, “ there would be discouraging moments, but once you know what you want to achieve, put your mind to it, and everything would fall into place.”