A victory over grief
Parents of the late St George’s College Manning Cup captain Dominic James, Denese and David James watch on bravely during a match between St George’s College and Greater Portmore High School at Winchester Park, St George’s College. It was the team’s first game since Dominic’s passing. ways, it’s even more of a shot in the arm than those famous triumphs by Bolt, Thompson and the West Indies.
It is said that sport builds character. It tests character, too, and not just for those on the field of play. The West Indies’ double T20 triumphs showed that regional cricket, in the shortest form of that venerable game, had the potential to be the best in the world. In Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics, Bolt, Thompson, and Omar McLeod showed our world-class prowess in athletics. Last week Friday, James’ parents showed that there are times when Jamaicans are ‘tallawah’ off the field of play as well.
It won’t be easy for Mr and Mrs James to get over the loss of their only son. Their memories will be bittersweet.
Even though they, too, played on bravely, the St George’s Manning Cup players will need time to mend.
Thankfully, all affected parties, led by James’ parents and their son’s teammates, have faced the tragedy bravely.
Together, they made Friday, September 23, one of the biggest days ever in sport.