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Bike-riding setback for new school term

Published:Monday | January 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Chevan Roper (centre) looks on as Mikhail Saltau (left) attempts a tackle on Deshaun Blake who eases past him with the ball during a street-football game on the last day before the start of the new school term. -photos by Rudolph Brown/Photographer
Chevan Roper (left) gets ready to tackle Joey Johnson as Michael Johnson (second left) runs on during a street-football game on Charles Street in Central Kingston yesterday.
Ackeem Lee watches his friends enjoy a game of street-football on Charles Street in Central Kingston yesterday.

Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer

While everyone else was enjoying their last day before school reopens playing a game of street-football on Charles Street in Central Kingston, Ackeem Lee was in his little corner with a broken leg trying to ease the pain while enjoying a front-row view.

The 17-year-old fifth former, who attends Holy Trinity High School, told The Gleaner that he ran into bad luck on Boxing Day because, while learning to ride a friend's motorcycle, he was left with a broken leg and bruises all over.

Today marks the beginning of a new school term and, while everyone else will be heading back to class, Lee will be making a visit to the doctor.

The youngster said he regrets having broken his leg as he will be sitting six subjects in the May-June Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.

He hopes to become a bank manager one day but, while unsure of what will be the next step after completing high school, he said his focus is on clearing this first hurdle.

"This is bad because it will mean that I may miss out some days of school and, although I am committed, I will have a lot of catching up to do," said Lee.

"My focus will be on preparing myself and making sure that I achieve my goals. Though I am not able to play today's game (yesterday), I am looking on and enjoying their last day before school," he added, after cracking a smile.

Unlike Lee, his friend, 13-year-old Deshaun Blake, who attends St Georges College, said he is a member of the Pepsi football team and hopes to become a professional footballer one day.

If I get the chance to play for Jamaica, I will do something that will make people recognise me. I will score goals, said Blake.

The second-former said his favourite subject in school is Spanish.

Like Blake, 16-year-old Mikhail Saltau, who attends the Jose Marti High School in Spanish Town, St Catherine, said he also wants to become a professional footballer and is currently a member of his schools Colts football team.

"My holiday was a good one but I am looking forward to school tomorrow, and I am 100 per cent ready," said Saltau.

As the group of youngsters continued their four-a-side street game, they all tried to show each other that some of theme are Brazilian in their style of play.