Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
At the start of the 2013-2014 academic year, 19-year-old Denton Henry realised his dream of not only attending St George's College, but also of representing the 'Light Blues' after moving to the institution in upper sixth form and joining its Manning Cup football team.
Less than a month into his dream, however, tragedy struck, and his joy in representing St George's College was brought to an abrupt end after suffering a season-ending injury.
The incident occurred during his school's ISSA/LIME Manning Cup Group 'D' match at Winchester Park on September 27 when Henry, who was playing at right back, collided with his goalkeeper, Cordel Irwin, and Oberlin High's forward, Sanjay Sharmon. After the game, it was discovered that he had fractured two bones in his left leg.
"Normally, I would just get up after colliding with someone, but I noticed that I couldn't move my left leg, and so I started spinning down to the sidelines, and from there, I knew that my foot was broken," Henry shared with The Gleaner.
"This is a major setback, but I'm a hard-working person, so I will be able to get over it and continue following my dreams."
Henry does not have all his hopes hinged on football as he only wants to play the sport part time in the future while pursuing his other true love: engineering.
The young man, who has attended two other high schools and one community college, has 14 subjects: seven CSEC, four CAPE unit ones, and three CAPE unit twos.
"First, I went to Camperdown where I did seven CSEC subjects and passed all of them, and then I went to Exed (Excelsior Community College) because I couldn't get into any school at the time, and I did four CAPE unit ones, and I got them all," Henry shared. "Then I decided that I wanted to play Manning Cup again, so I went to St Andrew Technical, and I sat three subjects in upper sixth form."
Henry was, however, not content with completing his high school tenure not having donned the uniform of St George's College.
"St George's is my dream school, and George's is the best, and I wanted to be among the best, so I went there, and I will be doing three more CAPE subjects," Henry said. "I told people I was attending St George's long before I eventually wore the uniform and they thought I was crazy.
"But what I really meant was that I have been up there for quite some time. I know a lot of teachers up there and staff. I would go up there many evenings and kick back on the wall, and if match is being played, I would be up there watching. So I had the spirit in me from long time, and this season, I went and trained and saw that it was my time to become a Georgian, and so said, so done."
Despite his setback, Henry, who resides in Rose Gardens (Spoilers) with his aunt, remains in high spirits.
Lover of St George's
"It is really heartbreaking, but I enjoy watching St George's as much as I enjoy playing for St George's." Henry, who has played two Manning Cup matches for the North Street-based school, said. "I am unable to go to school now because of the medications that I'm taking. They're very strong and they make me drowsy."
Last season, he represented Cooreville United in the Major League and does not intend to quit playing football, but for the time being, he is confined to wearing a cast and using crutches.
"The cast will be removed Friday (yesterday), and another X-ray will be done, and from there, I will know if I will be able to go to school next week," Henry outlined. "If the swelling does not go down, the doctor said they will have to cut it, remove excess fluid, and stitch it up back, and they might put a pin in it as well."