Dominica’s longest surviving sports club, Sagicor General Somerset of St. Joseph, continues to support and encourage young cricketers and by extension the development of cricket in Dominica.
At the Sports Award Ceremony of the Isiah Thomas Secondary School (ITSS) which took place at the School on Friday July 8, 2016, the club presented a trophy to the “The Most Outstanding Young Cricketer for The Year” was awarded to Curvlan John of St. Joseph, although he was not present to receive it. Sports teacher at ITSS Ms. Rhona Daniel, who received the trophy on his behalf, said that the school has been extremely appreciative of such contribution by Somerset over the years, and urged the club to continue to support the youth in the community.
This is the sixth consecutive year that Somerset has presented such awards to young cricketers at that school. Last year’s awardee was national player Lee Louisy who recently represented Dominica this year in the under 19 Windward Island Cricket tournament.
The club’s President, Ambrose Sylvester, said that Somerset has recruited a number of young players from the ITSS over the years, and the club is truly honoured, within the confines of its meagre resources, to reward young cricketers who continue to excel at that level.He further commented that “It was indeed gratifying to learn that this trophy was awarded to a young cricketer from the community of St. Joseph.”
It was the first time in the past six years that the recipient was from St. Joseph.
Sylvester stated that the club will continue to support young cricketers at that school as long as it can, irrespective of what community they come from, and it does not matter whether they represent Somerset or not.