LIFE . HEALTH . PENSIONS
Bridgetown, Barbados, October 30, 2017: The annual Guardian Group Herman Griffith Primary Schools’ Cricket Competition was officially launched on October 24, 2017 signaling the 37th year of this much-anticipated National Sports Council (NSC) organized event. The competition brings together the young cricketing talent within the primary schools across the island in keenly contested matches and closely watched friendly school rivalries.
Guardian Group, through its property and casualty arm Guardian General Insurance Limited will celebrate 19 years as the title sponsor of the Herman Griffith Primary Schools’ Cricket Competition. Guardian Group is proud of its partnership with the NSC who conceptualised and undertook the organisation of the competition over three decades ago. As a leader in insurance and financial services in the Caribbean, the association with the competition goes hand in hand with the tenets of our corporate social responsibility of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.
Mrs. Nicole Hinds, Executive Assistant in the office of the Executive Manager, reiterated in the sponsors’ remarks that, this strategic pillar of supporting initiatives geared at promoting healthy lifestyles and minimizing the incidences of chronic non-communicable disease risk factors has dictated our positioning and the avenues through which Guardian Group lends assistance. Moreover, this tournament continues to nurture the next generation of cricketers as we have seen numerous students hone their skills and position themselves towards the next level of cricket.
Notably at the launch were three outstanding alumni of the competition – Ms. Hayley Matthews, Mr. Anthony Alleyne and Mr. Jonathan Carter – who delivered brief remarks on their tenure playing in the tournament. The trio expressed their gratitude to Guardian Group and the NSC for supporting young talent and providing a solid training ground, which allowed them to pursue their dreams.
Ms. Hayley Matthews spent three years in the tournament having entered at age 8 as one of the few females to participate as well as captain a school team. Thus far, her cricketing career has grown rapidly, as she was a key member of the successful 2016 West Indies Women T-20 team and now at the tender age of 19 years she is playing professional cricket.
Mr. Anthony Alleyne, saw his school comfortably win the competition on two occasions in three years and stated that the competition gives children the opportunity to further love our national sport of cricket. Anthony is currently playing for the Barbados Pride team in the 2017 Regional Four Day Competition and has represented the West Indies under-19s at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup in Australia as well as the Combined Campuses and Colleges in West Indian domestic cricket.
Mr. Jonathan Carter holds the distinction in the tournament of several firsts – at age 10 he held 10 wickets for 8 runs and then scored back to back centuries, a record yet to be defeated. Jonathan has played in the Caribbean Premier League representing the Barbados Tridents as well as the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots and is currently playing for the Barbados Pride team in the 2017 Regional Four Day Competition.
During a seven-week period, 53 primary schools will participate in the competition, which officially starts on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The climax of the competition is slated for December 7, 2017 at the Empire Cricket Grounds, which is the home of the Empire Sports Cub, where Mr. Herman Griffith was long serving member.
(L-R) Mrs. Nicole Hinds, Executive Assistant, Office of the Executive Manager, Guardian General Insurance Limited presenting the sponsors' cheque to Ms. Mona Alleyne, Assistant Director Sportsm National Sports Council.
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