Play hard, but education vital says Sebastien

ROSEAU, Dominica – Many people are of the view that education and sport cannot mix, but Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketer Ethan Doctrove found out there is a living breathing example right in the Nature Island that proves that theory wrong.

Doctrove, a student of the St. Mary’s Primary School, learnt that he should always play the game hard, but to be a winner in life he also needs to have a sound education.

This advice came from Dominica and Windward Islands off-spin bowling all-rounder Liam Sebastien during the recent Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Minute interview before the just-ended third Digicel Test between West Indies and Australia at Windsor Park.

Sebastien recently completed management studies at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus in Barbados.

“To be successful in cricket, you have to love the game,” said Sebastien. “You have enjoy the game and you have to work hard at developing your game to remain competitive.

“Education is however, very important in life and there is always a life you will have to live after the game. Education prepares you for that life.”

Sebastien said falling into cricket was natural for him because of his family ties to the game.

“I started at age four or five, but I did not start playing competitively until I was age 13,” he said.

“My father, Lockhart, was a cricketer. He played for Dominica and Windward Islands, so naturally my interest grew from there.”

The 27-year-old Sebastien has never played for West Indies, but he has been an integral part of the Windwards’ side, since making his senior regional debut 11 years ago for the Northern Windward Islands in the Regional Super50 Tournament.

“I enjoy playing cricket in Guyana,” he said. I have had a lot success in my career playing there – at all levels – Under-15, Under-19, and senior regional level.

“I just love the environment in which the game is played and the fans are knowledgeable and always very supportive.”

Scotiabank and the West Indies Cricket Board will host the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Minute in every country and are giving 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. 

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 09:31