Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Norville an ambassador for hockey in Barbados


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PLEASE PERMIT ME as a former secretary and president of the Barbados Table Tennis Association to address two sports-related issues.

Firstly, how in this world could a Barbados Hockey Federation produce a Hall of Fame wall at the hockey turf facility, Wildey, naming 21 inductees and not include Mr Peter Norville? This information was carried in the MIDWEEK NATION of Wednesday, May 31, 2017, under the heading Sign In Tribute To Hockey Stars.

Peter Norville played hockey for Combermere and Barbados, and served as captain of both teams.

After his playing days, he gave yeoman service as a coach of the women’s teams of Barbados for many years, making numerous worldwide tours and being an ambassador for hockey in Barbados. He also coached the BUT hockey team as well as playing with them.

We all have our human failings but as a former work colleague, I found Peter to be a dedicated all-round teacher who specialised in teaching physical education. He brought many sporting successes to the Bay Primary School. He at one stage introduced hockey to pupils there as hockey was always a way of life for Peter.

We must, when attributing accolades, be fair and honest.

My next concern is that if the Cricket West Indies (CWI) should ever yield to Darren Bravo, his supporters and lawyers on his disrespectful behaviour, it would be opening the door to further chaos and anarchy among players in West Indies cricket. Mr Dave Cameron, you and your board stand firm. Discipline must be enforced.

Forget the utterances of the Rudi Websters, the prime ministers and the likes. Continue the good job of bringing back some order, respect and discipline to West Indies cricket. Too quickly we forget the indiscretions of Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy and the other Bravo. The game is always bigger than the man.



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