St. George's College
Old Boys Association
Good & True
Good & True ...issue# 38...Oct., 2003
Black Athletes are
Until the First
Black Athletes are Americans/Canadians Until the First
The ethnicity of Black athletes in North America is rarely
celebrated or acknowledged while he or she is scandal-free or bringing
money into the coffers of their respective governing organizations. After
his/her first mishap, the "other" country in which the athlete was born or
has ancestry is usually clearly outlined.
Let us examine the Kelli
White case. You may recall that African-American Kelli White was America's
poster-girl while she was dominating the sprint scene.
the first American woman ever to win the 100 and 200 meters in the same
World Outdoor Track & Field Championships on August 28, 2003, taking
both events in a world-leading and personal-best time of 10.85 and 22.05
seconds (respectively) at the Stade de France.
As a high school
phenomenon, White in 2001 became a top American senior athlete. During her
breakthrough season in 2001, White won gold (4x100m) and bronze (200m). At
her first World Championships appearance, she lowered her 200m personal
best twice in August, first in the semis of the World Championships
(22.54) and just a few weeks later at a Golden League meet in Brussels
(22.38); only Marion Jones ran a faster 200m time (22.23) in the world in
You may also recall that White tested positive for a drug that is
not even on the International Amateur Athletic Federa-tion's banned list.
The following day, the below-mentioned sentence was emblazoned in a
waiving proudly her country's
SAINT-DENIS, France - U.S. sprinter Kelli White,
the girl with the Jamaican roots, said her positive test at the World
Championships stemmed from prescription medicine for a sleep disorder, and
the double gold medalist denied ever taking performance-enhancing
Kelli White's mother, Debra Byfield, was a Jamaican Olympian
(4x400m) in 1972. Her father, Willie White, was not as prolific on the
track as his wife but did represent his university in track and
I can outline a slew of other such cases of which the Ben
Johnson saga is legendary. He moved from being the all-conquering "Great
Canadian Sprinter" to the "Jamaican-born Sprinter".
Johnson ran 9.79
seconds - then a world record - in the 100-metre final at the Seoul
Olympics 15 years ago but was stripped of his gold medal after testing
positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
I will argue that there is
still a very strong anti-immigrant (or anyone looking like an immigrant)
spirit wreaking havoc in North America. The "others" are tolerated as long
as their work is construed as bringing praise to their respective
In order to have true unity, we have to move away from simply
tolerating and start accepting. Had we accepted these athletes as true
Canadians or Americans, their ethnicity would not be used as a shield
behind which some of the very people who profited from the athletes'
prowess can hide.
The acknowledgement of the athlete's ethnicity
(after the fact) is seemingly held as a figurative denouncement of the
athlete's Canadian/American citizenship.
St. Mike's Soccer
The ever resilient St. George's College Soccer Club,
enjoying its introductory year in the prestigious Markham-based St. Mike's
Soccer tournament, topped the standings in commanding
George's scored 44 goals from 13 matches and only conceded
7, a fact that is testimony to the team's stingy defense and opportunistic
Playing before a partisan George's crowd in the
final game of the competition (against a tough Crimson Tide team),
George's quickly pounced on its opportunities and was comfortably in
command at the half; leading by 5 goals to 0. The men in blue and white
exhibited their usual relentless and thorough style of play and were a bit
unlucky not to have scored more goals.
When the dust settled,
George's scored 7 goals without conceding any; and is the proud wearer of
the 2003 St. Mike's Soccer League-crown.
From the initial whistle,
forwards Aaron Sani, Craig Wright and Ryan Lam stamped their
authority on the game with scintillating runs at the Crimson Tide
From left to right Standing: Daniel and Chad Garel,
Craig Wright, Peter Trentini,
Arif Lalani, Keven Griffith,
Atul Babber, Aaron Sani, Chad Chin, Adam Maxwell-Smith,
Row-head covered Ryan Lam;
Kneeling from left to right:
Milton Hart, captain, Matt Ono, Dale Chung, Nick Lam, Garth
Mid-fielder Matt Ono opened the scoring on a
brilliant cross from Chad Chin. Craig Wright would emulate
Ono's performance with a goal of his own while the game was still in its
infancy. Daniel Garel, Garth Chin and Nick Lam pushed the
score to 5-0 and seemingly out of reach where Crimson Tide was concerned.
The second half saw more of the same with the Georgians attacking
as if they were in danger of losing the game. This professional approach
resulted in two more goals for George's as Kevin Griffith and Sani
put the finishing touches on a well-deserved win.
The 12th man
(spectators/supporters) on any team is of vital importance to the team's
success and the George's crowd that rose to the occasion on Sunday
September 21, 2003 was no exception to this rule. The steady cheering and
advice from the St. George's College executives, ably led by Don
Barnett (President), their wives, friends and well-wishers, resonated
throughout the Father Michael McGivney stadium. This support never
subsided until the final whistle was blown and perhaps caused much anxiety
on the part of the opposition.
The team will play its final game,
an exhibition match against the winner of a Scarborough-based league, on
Sunday September 28th.
|President Don B, captain Milton Hart (with cup), final game
MVP'S Chad Garel & Dale Chung.|
Manning Cup Football
October 4, 2003
The 2003 Manning Cup season got underway with a big
bang, defeating the defending Champions, Norman Manley High School, 1-0 at
Jarrett Park on Saturday. Damion Sawyers scored the goal from the
penalty spot after Norman Manley's goalkeeper brought him down. The
previous Saturday we tied Kingston College in the Roper Cup 1-1. Damion
Sawyers was the scorer again, assisted by Dwayne
The Saturday's win was dedicated to the St. George's
College Old Boys Association, Toronto Chapter, in appreciation for the
equipment bags they provided for the players to carry their gears and
schoolbooks. Thanks again, gentlemen.
Thanks also to the local
chapter for the support they provided to the team for the game on
Saturday. The players drew much motivation from the supportive voices
coming from the stands. It is much appreciated that they would travel to
Montego Bay to support the team.
Saturday's win was a great start
to the season but it was only the start. We have plenty of work ahead of
us yet. Our other striker, Dwayne Mills, was out with a hamstring
pull so we are hoping for a full recovery in time for Friday's game at
Emmett Park against Jonathan Grant High School. A few other players are
nursing injuries too and we are hoping for their recovery also. All in
all, we begin preparation this evening for the game on Friday and we are
hoping again to represent St. George's College well.
Andre Bell, Manning Cup
Andre Bell can be reached at email:
That Final Game -
They said this soccer team was "dynamite to watch",
that we had to come out and cheer them on for the Markham league
championship game. So Ray Chang and I decided to go. (The
team is sponsored by the StGC Old Boys Association chapter in Ontario, in
the hopes of attracting some youth to become interested in what we are all
At five minutes before game time, only six of our players
showed up. (I call this "suspense, Jamaican style"). Ray looked at me and
said, "Hey Dallyhouse, looks like you are going to have to play." Laughter
erupted from the spectators, as it was obvious my body could only wish to
be able to run like these youngsters. Much to everyone's relief, the rest
of the team arrived moments before the ref blew his whistle. Two players
immediately announced they had to leave at 11:00 a.m. to play their hockey
final in a town 20 miles away. As a result of this, team captain Milton
Hart instructed his guys to score as many goals as possible within the
first half hour, and he wasn't kidding either.
The young knights
didn't disappoint us. Five exciting goals were banged in before the first
half was over, allowing the two hockey players to leave by 11:00 a.m.,
with things well in hand, much to the delight of the two substitutes.
left with Jamaica flag & regular club
Besides seeing a great game, the spectators experienced
several moments of extended laughter, many of which left our President
Donald Barnett, gasping for breath. One was when Ray Chang
and Lloyd Chung took their cameras behind the opposition's goal to
try and capture a goal or two. They were chatting and laughing so much by
themselves, that they missed photographing the first goal. When the
second, third, and fourth goal scored, this caused Lloydie to return to
the spectator stands out of sheer boredom.
Another instance was,
whenever Milton touched the ball (he was on defense) a bunch of us would
shout "Take a shot from there Milty! Shoot, Shoot!"
Then, when the
opposing team was blatantly off side on a particular play immediately
following our seventh goal, the play was allowed by linesman, Dennis
Howard. The Georgian spectators, (including Grandpa Danny
HoLung) screamed nasty words to the linesman about not being able to
see the infraction. With a cheeky smile on his face, Dennis calmly turned
to us and said "Cho, give them a chance no man!" much to everyone's
Jonathan Lee, the well spoken son of Old Boy
Michael Ignatius Lee, the soccer league organizer, (and who plays
on one of the teams) gave out the trophies to both teams, and was later
congratulated by everyone for the time and effort spent in setting up the
league games, etc. Patra his mother, could only smile when Jonathan
was ribbed about scoring a goal against the StGC team during last week's
What a game! How could we lose. The competitive spirit of
the team and spectator support guaranteed victory.
The Fab 5, Pluto Shervington, and Trevor Lopez -
such fantastic music, what more could you ask for in a gala event?
Neil Dalhouse took hold of the proceedings, guiding us with great
enthusiasm and gusto throughout the evening. He introduced President
Don Barnett who, not wishing to hold back the evening, gave a brief
enthusiastic welcome, acknowledging the presence of leading dignitaries
including His Excellency Carl Marshall, Jamaica's High Commissioner
to Canada and his wife Eileen; the Jamaica Consul General for
Toronto Miss Vivia Betton, and Trade Commissioner Cherita Girvan
Campbell and the Barbados Consul General for Toronto Ms. Kay
After grace by President Elect Robbie Vernon,
the over 900 guests, already meeting and greeting in the pre cocktail hour
sat down to a sumptuous meal.
And then! - There came Pluto, Trevor
Lopez, and Fab5; sweeping us in and out of musical time frames,
with an opulence of sound that worked magic with the ears and feet. We
reveled in reggae, mento, calypso, ska, soca, bebop and swing. What an
This was indeed a great Toronto turn out. Numerous out of
Towner's were also spotted in the crowd: From the USA: Trevor
Campbell - Cornwall O/B (Miami), Dr. Errol Reid (Maryland),
Anthony Sharp, Richard Bonnitto (West Palm Beach), Keith
McClure (Miami), Dennis Barnett (Florida), Ken Scott
(New York), Patrick Simpson (Chicago) Howie Williams
From Jamaica: Dr. Keith Hammond, Carl Chang,
Donald Miller, Michael Chuck - Director Fundraising Jamaica OBA,
Dr. Peter Figueroa, Douglas Orane (Grace Kennedy).
Dayton Chen and Michael Wong Pow From Ottawa- Junior
Congratulations to our executive for the work put out to
make this a success, with special kudos to Ray Chang, Neil
Dalhouse, and Michael Charley, who came through as they always
do with honours.
Our thanks to our sponsors:
Kennedy, Air Jamaica, CIFunds, Sandals, SuperClubs.
Uniglobe/BonVoyage Travel, J Wray & Nephew, Ray & Nolia
The pictorial gallery captures some of the
revelers. Join in the fun next August and you may run into someone you
haven't seen in years and would love to be reacquainted with.
Letters to the
This morning, I had the privilege to be the first to
see the Newsletter.
Sincere congratulations to Robbie for producing
such a fine edition of our newsletter.
Robbie, you continue to churn
out a great newsletter. We know the time and effort you put into them all,
and it certainly shows. Great job sa !…..proud o’ yu no rawted!
thanks to a job well done, should also go to Patrick and Loraine Lee for
the effort they put into laying out the projects when Robbie is finished
working on them. Great job to both of you on the production of a fine
Finally, I must comment on Unka Milty’s article on
“Autobiography of West Indies Cricket”
Well written article sir.
Neil ( Toronto)
I got the newsletter last night. As usual I
had to read it from cover to cover before dinner.
Congrats to Beba,
Nicole, Pascal and yourself Buski. You are a busy man.!!!
congrats to Ray Chang on his award (JOM) when you see him.
As a matter
of fact give my congratulations to all of the StGCOBA ( Ontario)
executives and their ( managers/wives) for their dedications to keeping
STGC spirit alive in Toronto. You guys certainly deserve the STGC Order of
Greg Chin (
As usual it was a pleasure
to read the latest “ Good & True and my dues for 2003 and 2004 are
enclosed plus a contribution of cC$100 towards general operations.
sincerely regret not being able to attend your August Ball, but I know it
will be a success. One request I have, has any old boy got a copy of a
photo pf the manning Cup team of 1957/58. I will will be so happy if that
is so and could get a copy.
With Best wishes for the continued
production of “Good & True”.
Tony Wong( C/O Liguanea Drug
& Garden Center,134 Old Hope Rd. Kingston 6
Jamaica Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: Thanks for the supportive
comments. Keep the photos and news coming in. All material sent in is kept
on file and may appear in future newsletters if it does not appear in the
current edition. Our thanks for all the submissions. Winston
(Chen)Thanks for the lovely poem. It arrived too late for inclusion
and will be considered for the next edition. Georgian’s see if you can
help out Tony with the 1957/58 Manning photo.
Thanks to Fr. Dziak and the St.GC website for
the use of some of their pictures.
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