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Grace gives young cricketer a bright sporting future

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Captain of St George’s College’s cricket team, Simon Lee, accepts a branded jersey from Crystal Anderson (centre) of the GraceKennedy Financial Group. Sharing the moment is Sheraine Campbell. In the background is Rachel McKenley, also of GraceKennedy Financial Group.

The GraceKennedy Financial Group, through annual sponsorship of the Schoolboy Cricket Competitions, has helped 16-year-old Simon Lee to become one of the shining stars of St George's College's Cricket team.

Lee said it is the involvement of the GraceKennedy Financial Group, through its sponsorship of competitions, that gives young cricketers islandwide the opportunity to excel from an early age.

Lee said it is a possibility that he could become a cricketer in the near future but, for now, he is exploring the areas of accountancy, economics and actuarial science.

"I am giving myself a few more years to decide," he said.

Lee's journey into cricket is similar to many other teenage boys who started playing the game as toddlers, discovering that the more they played, they better they became at it, and the stronger their love grew for the sport.

Lee began playing about age four.

"My elder brothers normally played backyard cricket with a tennis ball. I joined in their game."

He recalled that his first bat was made by his father, whom, Lee jokingly said, describes himself as a cricketer.

 

helped with discipline

 

The teen said the game has had a positive influence on him maintaining discipline on and off the field, earning him higher scholastic grades.

"It has made me a more rounded and disciplined person, managing my time between training and studying in the evenings in preparation for school the next day. You have to be disciplined to do this," he said.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is his cricket idol - a cricketer Lee described as extremely dedicated to the game and one who never gives up. To his credit, at age 13, Lee scored 108 runs during an under-16 match against Mona High School.

"On behalf of my teammates, I want to thank the sponsor and wish that they continue," he said.