A vic­tory over grief

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

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.

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