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10 things you didn't know about Dave Cameron

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Dave Cameron

Cricket has always been a uniting factor, bringing the people of the region, who share a common history and pedigree as emerging nation states, into unified harmony, especially when it came to facing off with our former colonial masters.

In fact, until quite recently, apart from national petty jealousies, the Caribbean has been a unified cricketing power for decades, only recently losing its role as world leader because of what many historians and commentators described as the petty jealousies that some allowed to creep into the regional administration of the game.

With the unifying force that was cricket slipping into a near-comatose state that saw many supposed fortune tellers announcing the immediate and/or impending demise of the regional sport, Jamaican Dave Cameron was elected to head the regional administration of the once-vibrant and forward-looking and thinking cricketing body, the West Indies Cricket Board.

Today, Outlook shares 10 things previously unknown about a man many described as the new hope of West Indies cricket, Dave Cameron, whose foresight and grasp of the complexities and his perceived abilities to manage the egos and personalities involved make him the youngest-ever director of the WICB and the youngest sitting director of the International Cricket Council.

Naturally, there's much more to Dave Cameron than the youthful energy he's brought to cricket administration since assuming the office seven months ago; and so Outlook now provides another look at the inspirational Dave Cameron.

1 Although he's usually referred to by his nickname 'Dave', his given name is Whycliffe, named after Jamaica's famous late media personality, Wycliffe Bennett.

2He was a Sunlight and Tappin Cup player in the 1980s and is remembered as a destructive middle order batsman and fearless off-spinner, but his first time representing Jamaica in sport was not in cricket, but at the World championships in pistol shooting in South Africa in 2002.

3 Fiercely competitive since "retiring" from cricket and competitive shooting, he has turned his attention to squash and golf, where he currently is a 12 handicap (and, of course, is open to being challenged on the course).

4 He's known in financial industry circles for over 15 years of consistent and successful investment management performance. His second job out of university, where he earned a first class honours BSc in Hotel Management from UWI, was as manager of the Dunn's River Falls attraction in Ocho Rios.

5He considers his wife Connie, of 13 years, and his four children Ralston 21, Maia 15, Ronaldo 14, and Victoria 11 - the centre of his world. In fact, he defines happiness as "having the family happy".

6 A Fortis man, he started his education at the Clan Carthy Primary School and is currently a founding member of that institution's past students' association, one of the few such active organisations for a primary school in Jamaica.

7 He's ambidextrous: he writes and swings the golf club and bowls off spin with his right hand, but uses his left hand to type text messages, bat, and fire his shotgun.

8 Described as the complete sportsman, he excels at almost every sport he's ever played, but deep down, really wishes he'd been born with a talent for singing.

9 Eating pork is his greatest indulgence and most "guilty pleasure".

10 His favourite words, personal mantra and guiding philosophy are: All men are created equal.