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Bridgetown, Barbados, October 11, 2016: The Guardian Group Herman Griffith Primary Schools’ Cricket Competition is set to bowl off on Friday, October 14, 2016 signaling the 36th year of this much anticipated National Sports Council organized event. The Herman Griffith cricket competition continues to excite the under-11 primary school boys and girls from across every parish of the island, as they seek to be champions during Barbados’ golden jubilee year.
Guardian Group, through its property and casualty arm, Guardian General Insurance Limited (GGIL) has proudly been associated with this competition as title sponsors for the past 18 years. As a corporate entity, the Group is buoyed by the fact that this competition has been in existence for almost three-quarters of Barbados’ period of independence, signaling the strength it has within the spectrum of sporting events on the schools’ calendar.
For the Group, a leader in insurance and financial services in the Caribbean, this sponsorship underscores not only its corporate social responsibility mandate of health and wellness but answers the call for more attention to be paid to the lifestyle practices of our children. With the observance of World Obesity Day on October 11 and its focus on overcoming childhood obesity, statistics from the 2012 World Health Organisation Global School Survey asserted that of the 26 schools surveyed in Barbados - 70 percent reported low levels of physical activity and 65.3 percent of the students engaged in sedentary activity after school.
In delivering the sponsors’ remarks Mr. Paul Taylor, I.T. Coordinator with Guardian General Insurance Limited, pointed out that “Such alarming statistics directly echo the reasons why Guardian Group seeks to support initiatives that allow for the promotion of physical activity which leads to the improved health, development and well-being of our children thus stemming the tide of childhood obesity.”
Mr. Taylor further added, that as Barbados celebrates its Golden 50; Guardian Group continues to be a supporter of solidifying the development of youth through sport and the legacy of cricketing history. The competition which is a nursery for cricket has produced amazing talent over the years and can boast of tremendous success as evidenced by the number of players who have transitioned to play cricket at the local, regional and international levels. This was evidenced by the presence of two graduates of the competition, Mario Rampersaud and Shamar Springer, who gave brief remarks at the media launch on their tenure of playing in the competition. Both players have also been a part of the Guardian Group Barbados Youth teams, Barbados Senior teams and Shamar was a part of the successful West Indies Under-19 T-20 champions.
The National Sports Council currently has over 55 primary schools registered to participate in this year’s competition. The opening match will take place on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Friendship cricket grounds at 10:00am. The 2015 defending champions, Wesley Hall Juniors will play against Eden Lodge Primary. Matches will be played over a nine week period on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays commencing at 10:00a.m. with the final scheduled for the first week in December.
Mr. Nigel Adams, Executive Manager, Guardian General presenting the sponsors' cheque to Ms. Mona Alleyne, Assistant Director, Sports, National Sports Council
Mr. Shemar Springer, alumus of the Herman Griffith competition and West Indies all-rounder and member of the 2016 West Indies Under-19 T-20 champion team giving remarks at the media launch
Mr. Mario Rampersaud, alumus of the Herman Griffith competition and wicketkeeper for the Barbados Under-19 team, giving remarks at the media launch
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