Women’s Cricket Deserving of the Same Esteem as Men’s – Sport Minister

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (c); West Indies and Jamaican cricketer, Stafanie Taylor (second right); and President of the Jamaica Cricket Association, Billy Heaven (third left) break ground for the Stafanie Taylor Oval at the Eltham High School in St. Catherine on Wednesday (November 1). Interim Principal of the school, Ricardo Bennett (right), and students look on. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (c); West Indies and Jamaican cricketer, Stafanie Taylor (second right); and President of the Jamaica Cricket Association, Billy Heaven (third left) break ground for the Stafanie Taylor Oval at the Eltham High School in St. Catherine on Wednesday (November 1). Interim Principal of the school, Ricardo Bennett (right), and students look on.

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has said that naming the cricket ground at Eltham High School in St. Catherine for Jamaica and West Indies team captain, Stafanie Taylor, “will serve to elevate the image of women’s cricket, not only in Jamaica but in the West Indies in general.”

Speaking at the Groundbreaking and Sign Unveiling Ceremony for the Stafanie Oval on November 1, the Sport Minister said it was demonstrating that women’s cricket is deserving of the same esteem as the men’s game.

Miss Grange said: “Never before in the history of the sport of cricket in Jamaica has a ground been named for a female cricketer. In fact, you would have to search very hard in the rest of the world to find a cricket stand named after a female much more a cricket ground.”

She said Stafanie Taylor had accomplished more than any other cricketer in the women’s game. She pointed to her numerous awards from the International Cricket Council and her crowning glory of leading the West Indies Women’s Team to the T/20 World Cup Title in 2016, the first West Indies Women’s team captain and Jamaican to lead a regional women’s team to a global title in cricket.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the Stafanie Taylor Oval will motivate girls to take up the sport and give them a facility to polish their skills.  We want to give every young talent at Eltham High School an opportunity to excel as you have done Stafanie.

"You are a role model in the community from which you came, you are a role model to the people of Spanish Town. Your place in the records of the great sport of cricket is secured.”

Minister Grange said the Stafanie Taylor Oval, will be a fine facility which will boast three-multi-purpose courts refurbished and re-fenced. There will be major rehabilitation of the grounds and stands and change rooms will be built as well as a major drainage system put in.

“It will be just rewards for the enduring cricketing prowess of Eltham High School and worthy to bear the name of its most famous alumna and Jamaica’s and the world’s best female cricketer -  Stafanie Roxann Taylor,” the Sport Minister concluded.

Last modified on 03 Nov 2017

MCGES

We place people at the heart of everything we do.

We believe that culture is the great equaliser and transformer that makes ordinary men and women great.

We believe that gender equality is essential in a modern society.

We believe that an entertained person is a happy person and happy persons make happy societies.

We believe that physical activity enhances lives and sport is the medicine that heals and corrects.

Olivia Grange

Contacts

  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  +876.978.7654
  4-6 Trafalgar Road

Kingston 5

Jamaica, W.I.

Keep in Touch