Being home has never felt better for Barbadian cricketer Kyle Mayers.
Mayers returned home late Friday night after being trapped in hurricane-ravaged Dominica for four days.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY shortly after he collected his daughter N’Kyah from school, Mayers said it felt great to be back and surrounded by loved ones.
“It’s a pleasure to be back home. [I] must thank the Father above for giving me the opportunity to see Barbados again, and the welcoming from my family and friends was overwhelming,” he said.
Reflecting on his experience with the category five hurricane which devastated the island, Mayers said it was something he never wished to go through again.
“It was something like a movie, hard to explain. It was very sad when I woke up in the morning and I saw the destruction the hurricane caused. It was sad to see the people on the road after a few days struggling for food and water. It was just a bad experience. I would never wish it on anyone,” he explained.
The 25-year-old cricketer told Barbados TODAY that in the aftermath of the storm his only thoughts were on getting back home safely to his family and friends, adding that it was his faith that got him through.
“Every day after the hurricane I woke up and I spoke to my roommate and I would tell him, ‘Is this a dream? How are we getting home?’ Those are the exact words I would say to him every morning. I was just thinking about survival and getting home. The fact that this place in a mess and people going crazy, so I was just thinking about home and getting there and that got me through,” he said.
Now that he is back Mayers said he has been spending lots of time with his family, as well as time relaxing.
“I actually got some time for myself today to go on the golf course to relax and free up myself,” he said, while thanking those who assisted while he was stuck in Dominica.
Mayers had travelled to Dominica for a training session with the Windward Islands team ahead of the regional cricket tournament, which is set to begin at the end of next month, when Hurricane Maria struck, killing at least 27 people, with an equal number missing and feared dead, and paralyzing the entire country.
He told Barbados TODAY he was awaiting word from the Windward Islands franchise on when and how to proceed. However, in the meantime he has been invited by the president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Conde Riley to train with the Barbados team.
“Now that I’m home and I feel better in terms of mindset and so on, cricket is my job and at the end of the day I still have to pay close attention to it because it’s my job. The little set back, it happens. [I] Just have to remain as strong as I could and try to move on.
“The BCA actually gave me the opportunity to go and play with someone else, so at the end of the day I still belong to Barbados and it feels good to know that Bajans are looking out for each other,” he said, adding that he had not “touched a bat or ball” since the hurricane.
“I was invited to play a game the day after I came home and I refused to play for obvious reasons. I had no kit, I had to leave my gear in Dominica, the mind was not really clear as yet. From this week, I hope to start back training and hopefully playing a few games that Barbados invited me to play and try to get back on track,” he said.