It’s okay to dream big. That was the inspiring advice from Barbados and West Indies cricketer Kraigg Brathwaite on Monday as he spoke to students at St. Paul’s Primary School who were celebrating their school team’s victory in the recent Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival.
Brathwaite is one of the most successful alumni of Scotiabank’s regional youth cricket programme which has trained over 400,000 primary school students in the fundamentals of cricket over the last 14 years.
Students at St. Paul’s were absorbed as he told them about how he got to go to Kensington Oval as a Kiddy Cricketer to put on the skills displays at international matches. Brathwaite said those opportunities motivated him back then to dream big and look ahead to the day when he would step on to the pitch at Kensington Oval as a West Indies cricketer.
“That was a joy for me. It inspired me even more,” declared the young opening batsman.
Principal Sandra Small-Thompson spoke passionately about the power of dedication, noting that St. Paul’s victory in the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival was due to a “whole-school effort” where everyone helped the team to practise. She said the school was not deterred by their small space and lauded teachers for moving their cars on evenings leading up to the Festival so the team could practise in the car park.
Scotiabank marketing manager Amanda Lynch-Foster praised St. Paul’s for their effort, saying it showed in how they played in the Festival.
“Your cricketers were so dedicated, there was such team spirit within the team and so much support from parents and other students that it is no wonder that you won both the Festival title as well as the prize for Most Improved School.”
She pointed out that the school’s dedication to Kiddy Cricket reflected Scotiabank’s own commitment to West Indies cricket, particularly at the youth level, as the bank was the “longest-serving current sponsor of West Indies cricket”.
“Scotiabank is also dedicated to teams like St. Paul’s Primary and all of the other 720 primary schools around the Caribbean that are involved in the Kiddy Cricket programme.”