Guyanese Hemnarine Chattergoon elected CSCA president
Guyana Times article.
Georgetown, Guyana - His representation for Guyana and Canada has persistently given Hemnarine Chattergoon greater motivation to return something to the game.
His dedication has paid off and he strongly recommends that young, aspiring cricketers train hard, which makes the game easier for them, both mentally and physically.
Chattergoon was elected President of the Canadian Softball Cricket Association (CSCA) and is already aiming for more success in 2014. He expressed satisfaction after 2013 was deemed an accomplished season. He was the vice-president for the past two consecutive years.
Chattergoon plays actively too for Jaguar in the CSCA competition, while the former West Indies under-19 batsman represents Vikings Cricket Club in the annual Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite League.
Hemnarine, the elder brother of former West Indies opening batsman Sewnarine Chattergoon, played a pivotal role as well for Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club, which won the Scarborough Cricket Association title for the past four consecutive years and featured in the Golden Tigers’ colours at the Brampton/Etobicoke League.
During an exclusive interview on Monday from his Mississauga home in the Greater Toronto Area, the right-hander declared that softball has grown tremendously over the years.
He wants to see the association pull off another good year, given the fact that 2013 had over 20 teams involved – a manifestation of the continued support and players’ willingness to participate as well.
“We at the CSCA will continue to work hard over the next 12 months; I know the cricket season [is[ very short in Canada, but it was wonderful to see the large number of players coming and playing on a regular basis,” Chattergoon said.
Sunshine Cricket Club emerged as champion last year and again a plethora of seasoned players featured, much to the delight of the association. Some of players were Royston Crandon, Damodar Daesrath, Rajindra Chandrika, Krishna Deosaran, Wasim Haslim, Garvin Singh, Mahendranauth ‘Bobby’ Parasnauth and Troy Gobin, among others, including several top softball cricketers.
“It was very pleasing to watch the players come out and be a part of the action; the guys wanted to play and they seemed to have also enjoyed themselves. That is one of our objectives again this year – to have players who can make a big contribution to the game,” the 36-year-old occasional off-spinner said.
Apart from Hemnarine and Sewnarine, Ramnarine and Harrynarine are also siblings and would have donned the Guyana’s colours at the youth level. Hemnarine stated that “it was a great privilege” to represent his native country and then Canada, and that has inspired him to coach at the club level where he now lives.
Additionally, Hemnarine praised his fellow executives for their efforts last year and is very optimistic they will return with the same level of solid commitment and dynamism. He feels the players and the association are keeping softball cricket on a steady growth and was very thankful to the sponsors, whose input he said must be recognised.
Meanwhile, Hemnarine plans to be in Guyana later this year to take part in the annual Guyana Cup softball Mini World Cup tournament, which is being run under the auspices of the Guyana Softball Floodlights Association. He said that once he is selected by any Canadian team, he is absolutely willing to showcase his softball playing talent.
At the previous event, a Canadian side did participate. The players were selected by the Ontario Softball Cricket League, which already declared their interest in returning in 2014.