Charles learns life lesson from Cooper
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Effervescent Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketer Antonia Charles got to learn a valuable lesson about life, when she met one of her cricketing heroes recently.
Charles, a 10-year-old student of the San Fernando Girls Anglican School, learnt that there will be setbacks in life, but they only serve to make you stronger.
This was the lesson she was taught when she had the opportunity to interview Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies women’s star Britney Cooper for the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Minute.
Cooper recently had surgery on her left thumb, which she damaged in St. Kitts during the recent series against India Women.
This will put Cooper out of the game for the next two weeks, meaning that she will miss the forthcoming home series against Sri Lanka Women.
“It will be tough to know that the team will be playing and I won’t be there, but it gives me time to sit back, reflect, and return to the game better than ever,” Cooper told Charles.
Cooper said she started playing the game between 1994 and 1996 at the age of six and encouraged Charles to work hard.
“Nothing beats hard work,” said Cooper. “If you are prepared to work hard on your game, you will reap the results sooner rather than later.
“It’s one of the things I learnt as a young player, and my influence at the time was the West Indies [men’s] team which was performing well.”
Cooper urged Charles to stay in the game and she will have opportunity to meet interesting people and visit wonderful places.
“Some of the most fun I have had was playing at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Championship in St. Kitts,” she said. “Our team did well and we enjoyed the experience of playing for each other.”
Cooper identified current Australia captain Michael Clarke as her favourite player, although she didn’t say if she wanted him to make runs in the second Digicel Test against West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval.
“I just like his whole approach to the game,” she said. “I like how he thinks about the game and always seems to exude confidence.”
Scotiabank and the West Indies Cricket Board will host the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Minute in every country and are giving eight young players the opportunity to interact with and learn about the game from cricketing legends and the best current players.
Simone Hull, regional sponsorship manager with Scotiabank, said that the initiative was another way the bank was trying to increase interest among young players.
“We have seen where this has worked wonders for the students,” she said. “Apart from the excitement that is generated, the feature is a meaningful way to motivate, groom talent, and build self confidence.”
K.J. Singh, project officer for Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket at the West Indies Cricket Board, said the scheme was important to stir pride and teach the kids about the valuable history of the sport in the region.
“The power of sport and cricket across the region is legendary and we want to bring our kids up close and personal with legends and best players from the region to stimulate their love for the game, build character, get them to appreciate the hardwork it would take to achieve success,” he said.
This is the second year of the initiative.