Dominik Samuels: playing cricket with passion and success – Campion College all-rounder sets sights on West Indies team

first_img The highest level Strong youth programme “They have a pretty strong youth programme in Barbados and I must say it’s better than in Jamaica,” Samuels added. Dominik was captain of his prep school team in Barbados and when he moved to Jamaica at age 11, also captain Sts Peter and Paul Prep School team for one year, before moving on to Campion College. “It was a good experience because their structure is a bit different. They play hard ball and being a part of the training squad – because the boys were two or three years older – helped me. I’ve played not only local players there, but also from England and visiting teams,” Samuels said. Samuels has been outstanding in the Grace Shield, scoring 782 runs this season. The batting all rounder also scored four centuries, with a top score of 136 not out against St George’s College and three half centuries. He helped Campion reach the semi-finals of the Grace Shield and led them to the title last season. For Samuels, it isn’t only about playing sport. The Jamaica and West Indies youth representative believes in balancing academics as well. Having earned a government scholarship to Campion, he has been on the school’s honour roll every year since. Now in the fifth form, he will do nine subjects at the Caribbean Examinations Council level later this year. SOME might say that cricket is a dying sport in Jamaica. But 16-year-old Dominik Samuels does not appear to be one who believes that. The Campion College Grace Shield team member has been playing cricket since he was four years old and in 12 years of playing at the prep and high school levels, his passion for the sport has never waned. While his father Raymond played Headley Cup cricket as a student of York Castle High, it was while still a young boy living in Barbados that Dominik’s love for the game really developed. “I influenced him, but I think the turning point for him was when I was on vacation and we were in St Ann and his cousin who was a couple of years older played cricket and he saw his cousin playing. We lived in the Bahamas, he started playing, but they don’t really play cricket in the Bahamas so there was no opportunity. I relocated to Barbados and at age five he really got to play cricket because they have a really strong prep school competition there,” the elder Samuels explained. While there, he also played for Wanderers Cricket Club and got the opportunity to play in camps with older and more experienced boys. “I’m certainly looking to play for the West Indies in the future, to play at the highest level of cricket. But I still want to balance my cricket and academics as well,” he said. “It’s a matter of time management really. I have to make timetables and understand that if I want to be successful I know how much work I have to put out so I can train in the evening,” he added. Having the strong support of both his parents who attend his games also helps, he said. As for the future, he wants to attend a school in the United Kingdom, where he can continue to pursue his cricketing goals. “Cricket is a game where you have to be disciplined and patient and you have to understand that things take time and you have to be diligent in what you do and cricket also taught me that when you fight out of tough situations you always come out with good results,” he said.last_img read more

Two Donegal charities receive over €1000 from LYIT Students’ Union

first_imgMore than €1000 has been raised by the Letterkenny Institute of Technology Student Union for two Donegal charities. A number of recent events and campaigns including the Student Achievement Awards and the Formal Ball have raised a grand total of €1080.00 for the two worthy charities.At the start of each academic year, two charities are chosen by the students. The charities chosen this year were Multiple Sclerosis Ireland (Donegal Branch) and the Donegal Hospice.Earlier this week, the two charities were presented with a total of €540.00 each.LYIT Student Union thanked the students and staff members who contributed in any way, throughout the academic year, for the two charities.Josephine Wilson, Student Union Administrator LYIT. Grace Boyle, Donegal Hospice. Kathleen Harkin, Donegal Hospice. Paul Lynch, LYIT SU President.William Daly, LYIT SU Welfare Officer. Charlie McLaughlin, MS Ireland (Donegal Branch). Josephine Wilson, Student Union Administrator LYIT. Two Donegal charities receive over €1000 from LYIT Students’ Union was last modified: July 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gomes says Reading looked far from relegation strugglers

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesReading boss Jose Gomes felt his side looked far from relegation strugglers in their 0-0 draw at QPR.Rangers defender Toni Leistner twice fired against the bar at Loftus Road, where the home side finished the match strongly.But second-from-bottom Reading, in their second game under Gomes, were the better team for long spells, especially in the first half.Gomes said: “If you just watched this match, I think nobody could say we are at the bottom of the table, so beautiful they played and with fantastic confidence.“I enjoyed the courage that my players showed today. The feeling is that we lost two points.“We had maybe around 80% of the possession in the first half – beautiful football and positive actions.“Today we created a lot of chances. We played very positive football and played near QPR’s box for a long time.“I’m happy with the things they tried to do but I am not happy with the result. I think we deserved to win today.”The Royals are without a win in nine matches and have only managed one goal in their past five league games.But Gomes said: “The way we are working and the energy that I feel from my players, the feeling is positive regarding what can happen in the future.“We will talk about the mistakes we made and improve for the next games. The good thing is that the players accept my ideas.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Prince meets South Africa’s tennis aces

first_imgPrince Edward, the Duke of Kent (middle), made a stop at the University of Johannesburg’s athletics training grounds and met South Africa’s wheelchair tennis stars: Lucas Sithole, a triple amputee (front left); Kgothatso Montjane, a single below-knee amputee; Evans Moripa (back left), a double below-knee amputee; and their performance coach Khotso Matshego. Sithole shows the audience what a mean serve he has. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Isabel Potgieter  British High Commission: Deputy Head  of Communications  + 27 12 421 7646 RELATED ARTICLES • Taking a nation’s health to heart • Paralympic heroes back in SA • Shooting for gold • BMX – the cool factorRay MaotaA recent visit by royalty to a coaching clinic given by Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) in Johannesburg served as affirmation and encouragement for the non-profit organisation’s continuing efforts to develop the sport and maintain its high standard.Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, made a stop at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) athletics training grounds in the suburb of Westdene on Wednesday 10 October.The Duke of Kent visited the facility in his capacity as president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and his itinerary included a luncheon with the leadership of WTSA, some of the organisation’s most successful ambassadors – players Evans Maripa and Kgothatso Montjane – and Prof Ihron Rensburg, vice chancellor of UJ.WTSA is a non-profit organisation offering development in the sport to deserving members of the disabled community. Promising players are sourced through schools, sports clubs and colleges across South Africa, and selections are done within a set of qualifying standards put in place by the body.In need of supportCelia du Toit, chairperson of WTSA, expressed her gratitude to Prince Edward, who is Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin, saying his visit is good for the sport’s image. She acknowledged that wheelchair tennis is a fairly new sport in South Africa, but it is growing.“We are very grateful to our sponsor, the Airports Company of South Africa, for giving us international coverage,” Du Toit said, “but there is a need for sponsors to give the sport in general more coverage nationally.”Ngasha Mahrankurwa, who competed in the London Paralympics as part of team Zimbabwe, is part of the coaching clinic at UJ. He was introduced to the sport, he told, by a coach he met in the street while still living in Zimbabwe.Although he has been playing for five years, Mahrankurwa said the sport does not pay well, and this prevents him from taking it up on a full-time basis, even though he would like to.“I need to sustain myself by working during the day and playing after hours,” said the 29-year-old, who is ranked 77th out of nearly 500 players worldwide.International wheelchair tennis rankings are calculated by combining the points of the top nine tournaments for men, and top seven for women based on a 52-week roll-over period overseen by the International Tennis Federation.Honing skillsVice-chairperson of WTSA and performance coach Holger Losch has been involved in the administration of tennis for over 15 years. He has also played tennis for many years, and said there is little difference between coaching an able-bodied player like himself, and a disabled one.“Coordination skills for disabled players take a while longer to hone, but if they are competitive and willing to work hard they quickly get the hang of it,” explained Losch.In terms of the match rules, the only one difference is that in wheelchair tennis, players are allowed the option of two bounces before they have to hit the ball.Losch said WTSA’s target is to host a minimum of six international events every year.The cream of the cropSouth Africa’s wheelchair tennis aces are top-ranked amongst the world’s players.Lucas Sithole (25) is a triple amputee ranked number one in the country and sixth in the world in the quads division.“Lucas has the perfect mind and body for tennis,” said Losch. “He is light, agile and uses his strengths to his advantage.”The country’s top seed in the women’s division, Kgothatso Montjane, is also 25 years old and was born with a congenital birth defect. She is a single, below-the-knee amputee, and is ranked 13th in the world.She maintains that no worthwhile journey is without challenges. “It is the rough road that ends in greatness.”Twenty-one-year-old Evans Maripa is one of team South Africa’s youngest competitors. He is a double amputee ranked first the country’s singles division and 31st in the world.“With the love I have for the game and the constant encouragement from friends, coaches and managers,” said Maripa, “I see myself as part of the winning team with WTSA.”last_img read more