Jamaican Sports Minister calls for gender equality in sports

Sport Minister, the Honourable Olivia 'Babsy' Grange

Sport Minister, the Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has called on stakeholders within the sporting fraternity to join her in lobbying for greater gender equality in sport, particularly in the game of the cricket.

Jamaica’s Minister of Sports, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, says a decision to deny a female student at the Eltham High School in the central parish of St. Catherine, the change to represent the school in cricket is “disingenuous and discriminatory”.

Grange addressed the issue at a welcome home reception, held last week for  Stephanie Taylor the captain of the victorious West Indies Women’s cricket team.

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The Sport’s minister said the omission of the student could deny her a chance to rise from the “doldrums and become a world star”  –  and walk in the footsteps of Taylor – who also attended Eltham High.

“This young lady is being denied the opportunity to represent her school. If this opportunity had been denied Stafanie, we would not be here celebrating her today. This young lady should not have been denied the opportunity of playing with the boys. Nothing is wrong with playing with the boys. It is her passion and she is saddened by it,” Grange said.

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