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Best gives ‘best’ advice to young athletes


By Michael Phillips

THE athletes in the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme were showered with words of wisdom yesterday when Barbados and West Indies fast-bowler, Tino Best, paid them a voluntary courtesy call.

Over 40 participants in the programme, which covers Boxing, Football, Cricket, Table Tennis and Track and Field, were treated to an interactive session in which Best revealed what his outlook on life was, and the formula that took him to the level of sportsmanship that he has attained. Best, himself a product of the programme from 1998-2003, debuted for both the Barbados and West Indies senior teams while under the programme and credits everything that he is and has done to the strong foundation laid in the

“Being a part of the Sports Programme in those days was tough and what it really prepared me for was life after the Sports Programme. I have to say that it has done a fantastic job on my part. I am very blessed and very humbled to even be a part of such a great legacy, which started back in 1994,” he said.

Urging the young sportsmen never to give up or allow others to kill their dreams, Best cited professionalism, the right attitude and the setting of attainable goals as very important to their development as athletes as well as model citizens. With his visit coming in the midst of the 2013 football and cricket seasons, Best told the athletes that regardless of their discipline, they need to band together, not only for the
duration of their time in the programme, but after.

“It’s like a brotherhood. I would like for you guys to carry that tradition on because it is bigger than you. The Sports Programme is bigger than all of us. So learn to carry that legacy wherever you go in the world,” he said.

Stating that he lived his life by certain credos, including ‘Hard work always beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard’ and ‘Don’t get bitter, get better’, Best stated that he was always pushing and challenging himself to be better, faster and stronger and credits that approach for his success in local, regional and international cricket. Taking time out to make special mention of Miguel Cummins, who is back from his successful debut for the Barbados senior team, Best warned him to always look to be consistent or improve on his performances as the second season is always the hardest.

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