Carl Hooper honoured for outstanding contribution
April 2, 2007
As Guyana continues to honour its exceptional cricketers, who have made positive contributions to West Indian cricket, the Old Students Association of Christ Church Secondary School has chosen to recognise one of its own, Carl Hooper, for his outstanding to both Guyanese and West Indian cricket.
The ceremony was held yesterday at the school's auditorium where president of the Guyana Cricket Board, Chetram Singh, commented on Hooper's contribution, after which a huge billboard of the player was unveiled.
Singh highlighted that Hooper is and remains one of the few cricketers in the world who have managed to secure an outstanding all-round performance of over 5000 runs and 100 wickets in both one day international and test cricket.
Hooper was further complemented for his ability to bat superbly by reading the bowlers and understanding the deliveries, which allowed this outstanding cricketer to further advance with his right hand batting.
Errol Wilkinson, an old student of Christ Church and a close comrade of Hooper, complimented Singh's speech, adding that Hooper hadn't shown any signs of playing professional cricket since he was more focused on several other sports, including table tennis and football.
Discipline was a quality of Hooper's that no speaker failed to highlight. His outstanding display and composed approach was an area that many admired during his career.
Current outstanding left handed batsman, Shivnarine Chandrapaul, after concluding the team's practice session, attended the ceremony, and added to the positive comments made by the early speakers.
Cricket Commentator and CNS News anchor, Naim Chan, commented on Hooper's humility during his career. He said that Hooper is an outstanding son of the soil and always managed to draw poetry from the commentators with his outstanding bowling and batting displays.
The billboard, which is located in the school's compound, was unveiled by both the old and current students of the school.