Sixteen (16) schools are to participate in the 2013 United Insurance Secondary School’s Cricket Tournament. The competition was launched on Monday, it is being organized by the Ministry of Sports and sponsored by the United Insurance Ltd.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Veda Bruno-Victor thanked the Insurance for their continued support. “It is not easy in these economic times to get sponsorship and when we have a sponsor we have to ensure that we do well in our behaviour and that our children do well. United Insurance does not have to stay with us, but they have chosen to stay with our young people and for that I want to commend them.”
She encourages the coaches and cricketers to maintain the sport as a gentleman’s game, where discipline is of paramount importance. “As we prepare our young people, the future of sport is probably the best thing that I know of that can help to instill the right attitudes that are needed to pull a country forward. The game teaches discipline.”
She added: “I want to encourage you to mold our young people in the correct manner; while you are coaching you have to bring in the discipline and sportsmanship.”
Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education Mr. Julien Ogilvie said that they view education as the overall all round development of children stating “we want to put on record our congratulations and appreciation to united insurance for sponsoring this cricket competition”.
He reminded the school that the competition is for the students and not for teachers. “To many times teachers make decisions as if it is their competition, the competition is provided for the students and we expect that every school will make the extra effort to ensure that the children benefit fully.”
United Insurance Grenada Agents Limited is again sponsoring the tournament in 2013. It has been doing so for the past 25 years.
Its’ Claims Manager Mr. George Robinson said that they are pleased to be sponsoring and partnering with the ministry in hosting this competition which has produced top cricketers such as Junior Murray, Rawle Lewis, Devon Smith, Andre Fletcher and Neilon Pascal.
“We are proud that the first Grenadian cricketer to have made it to the West Indies level was apart of this tournament. Junior Murray in 1988, two years into our second year of sponsorship played in this tournament, he went on to represent Grenada, Windward Islands then the West indies that was him being a true role model. Since then we can proudly say that we have had four (4) other representatives on the West Indies team.”
Last year’s winner of the tournament was the St David’s Catholic Secondary School. The School was presented with a cash prize of $1000.
Organizers are putting final touches in place for the first match, expected within the next two weeks.