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The UWI Open Campus Academy of Sport (OCAS) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) Host Outreach Initiative for Girls and Women in Sport



University of the West Indies | 2018-06-26 10:38:00

The UWI Open Campus, Academy of Sport, Jamaica. June 22, 2018— The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Academy of Sport (OCAS) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) hosted a group of teenage girls from the SOS Children’s Village in Stony Hill, Jamaica, on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

The event was held, during the West Indies Women's Cricket Tournament being held in Jamaica. Cricketers from the participating teams, namely Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados and the Windward and Leeward Islands, interacted with the girls, shared their backgrounds and experiences in the sport, and discussed the skills needed to make it at the professional level.

The event was one of several proposed partnerships between the Faculty of Sport and the CWI, and the first undertaken through The UWI OCAS. Similar events will be scheduled during the upcoming CWI Women’s Championship.  This initiative builds on the CWI’s objective to increase girls’ and women’s involvement in cricket.  “With less than one hundred and fifty (150) days to go before the 2018 ICC Women’s T20, these are some of the initiatives the organization will engage in as a part of its legacy programmes,” stated Ms. Carole Beckford, Marketing and Communications Manager, CWI.  “Our players and officials are committed to ensuring that our young women (and men) understand the pathways to becoming a professional athlete,” she further stated.  
This was the first in a series of events planned by the OCAS to highlight and focus on girls and women in sport, as well as to create awareness of the avenues available to pursue a career in sport.  Sports Activity Development Officer, OCAS, Ms. Dayna Smith said, “we are pleased that the CWI has joined us in this initiative and are enthusiastic about working together to promote and advance girls and women in sport throughout the region.” “This is one of many programmes of cooperation between the Faculty of Sport and CWI added Dr. Akshai Mansingh, Dean of the Faculty of Sport.  “Other announcements will follow in short order. Being a cross-campus faculty, we are able to provide for sports needs across the region.”
National Director, SOS Children’s Villages, Jamaica, Mrs. Nadine Williams remarked, “SOS Children’s Village Jamaica welcomes the opportunity to have our children exposed and sensitized to the game of cricket, one of the most popular sports in the Caribbean, and to be given the chance to interact with these cricketers. While we strive for our children to achieve academically, we are aware that a well-rounded child is one who is also exposed to extra-curricular activities, especially in the areas of sports and the arts. Our girls are very talented, and will utilize opportunities like these to explore their areas of interest to achieve awesome results. We look forward to this relationship, which will not only elevate their interest in the game, but also serve as a possible career choice. The discipline of the game, will also help to develop and mold them into strong and well-rounded women.”




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