The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) has offered congratulations to West Indies female cricketer Shemaine Campbell, who was adjudged senior Sportswoman-of-the-Year 2013 by a National Sports Commission (NSC) panel of judges.
The club issued a statement to this effect and below is the full text.
“Patron Beverley Harper, President Keith Foster and the management of the RHTY&SC would like to express heartfelt congratulations to our member, Shemaine Campbell, on her achievement of being named Sportswoman-of-the-Year 2013 by the NSC. The entire membership of the RHTY&SC is very proud of Shemaine and this represents another major award to be won by a member of Guyana’s leading youth and sport organisation and its founder, the St Francis Community Developer.
“Shemaine joined the RHTY&SC at the tender age of 13 and has worked very hard with discipline and dedication to fulfill her childhood dream of representing the West Indies at the highest level.
“Along the way, Shemaine became the only Guyanese female to score a century at all levels – inter-club, inter-county and regional levels, and also created history when last year she became the only Guyanese and only the second West Indian to score a One Day International (ODI) century. Shemaine also led the Rose Hall Town Metro Team to becoming national champions when the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) hosted the first and only national female cricket tournament in 2009.
“Winning awards is nothing new to this outstanding role model cricketer, who in the past has won seven RHTY&SC Female Cricketer-of-the-Year awards and the Berbice Female Cricketer award on four occasions. She has alos won the national junior sportswoman (runner-up) award for 2010. It must be noted that in addition to Shemaine’s two national sports awards, the RHTY&SC’s Assad Fudadin also copped the runner-up Junior Sportsman award in 2000, while Secretary Hilbert Foster became the first and only club official to have ever won the National Sports Personality award, which he received for 2010.
“We are very proud of Shemaine and would like to express gratitude to all the cricket sponsors of our club who have invested into her career, and these include Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) Company, Bakewell, Farfan and Mendes, DDL Pepsi, Gizmos and Gadgets, Basil Butcher, Western Union, TCL (Guy) Limited, and especially Metro Office and Computer Supplies. Shemaine’s award is specially dedicated to Taajnauth Jadunauth and Avie Lindie of Metro for their support of our female team over the years and we are confident that Shemaine’s achievement would inspire her team mates Erva Giddings, Melianie Henry, Plaffina Millington, Erica Hashley and Shaeizba Gajnabi among others to greater heights.
“The RHTY&SC would like to express gratitude to Claude David for his nomination of Shemaine and also to Alethea Grant-Charles for seconding the nomination. Special thanks also to Brij Paranauth for the role he played in recognising our member’s achievements in 2013. It is a pity that the relevant cricket authorities have no role in nominating Shemaine and for not even honouring her for becoming the first Guyanese female to score an international century.
“The management and members of the RHTY&SC would like to assure the general public that this award would inspire all of us to work harder to make a positive difference in the lives of youths via sports and to uphold the high tradition we have set in the past.”