AMAR DEOBARRAN of Avocat Vedic School was adjudged “Teacher of the Year” when the 2013 Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme staged its annual presentation of awards and prizes function at the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre, Balmain, Couva.
Avocat Vedic of Fyzabad also walked away with the School of the Year honours, ahead of Bamboo Government whose principal Kenneth Samuel was awarded the Principal of the Year award for rendering the greatest support to his school.
The awards function was a lively affair, attended by president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Azim Bassarath, Gisele Marfleet, chairperson of the Scotiabank T&T Foundation and fellow directors Zalayhar Hassanali, former First Lady; and fellow director Peter Dhany; Aaron Ramrattan, Schools Supervisor II (Caroni Division); Kumar Rampat, West Indies Cricket Board Territorial Development Officer and first vice-president of the TTCB Dr Allen Sammy.
Also present were national coaches David Williams and Kelvin Williams (head of youth development) along with young national cricketer Yannick Ottley, a graduate of the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme.
TTCB president Bassarath told the gathering that the Kiddy Cricket Programme was unique and other cricket-playing countries will soon adopt based on its successful track record.
Bassarath said the programme lays the foundation for T&T’s continued success in regional cricket as the new generation of cricketers will be better equipped to mentally overcome challenges at the highest levels of the game.
The president added that the classroom element of the primary schools competition encourages the youngsters to think, evaluate, assess and make decisions in a logical and scientific manner.
“It completely marries the concept of physical excellence within a sound educational framework,” said Bassarath who added that Tobago is also benefitting from Kiddy Cricket with six teams in their programme, a number which he said is likely to increase.