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  • The Government is pushing forward with plans for the establishment of the Stafanie Taylor Oval at the Eltham High School in St. Catherine.
  • Ms. Grange noted that discussions are ongoing with partners such as the CHASE Fund and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA)
  • Powerful half-centuries from Taylor and teammate Hayley Matthews set up a thrilling victory for the Caribbean side, which was achieved with three balls to spare.

The Government is pushing forward with plans for the establishment of the Stafanie Taylor Oval at the Eltham High School in St. Catherine.

The institution is the alma mater of the captain of the West Indies Women’s Team, which defeated Australia to lift the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Women’s Twenty20 (T20) World Cup trophy for the first time.

Making the announcement during a welcome reception in honour of Ms. Taylor at the Pineapple Lounge of the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Wednesday (April 6), Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said the intention is for the facility to open “very soon.”

Ms. Grange noted that discussions are ongoing with partners such as the CHASE Fund and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).

She said it is hoped that the facility will be used to inspire girls, who are interested in the sport, and provide them with an opportunity to hone their talent from an early age.

“We want to give every young talent at Eltham High School an opportunity to excel as you (Taylor) have done. You are a role model in the community from which you came, you are a role model to the people of Spanish Town,” the Minister said.

She commended the sterling performance of Ms. Taylor, who has the honour of being the first captain and first Jamaican to lead the West Indies Women’s Team to a global title.

She noted that the West Indies captain has been a source of inspiration for many people in Jamaica and around the world.

“Your place in the annals of this great sport is secured. You have accomplished a feat that can never be surpassed or attained…You are an exemplary leader,” she said.

In her remarks, Ms. Taylor expressed gratitude for the support and encouragement that she has been receiving since the tournament ended.

The West Indies women stunned three-time defending champions and tournament favourites Australia in the finals of the ICC T20 tournament held on Sunday (April 3) at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India.

Powerful half-centuries from Taylor and teammate Hayley Matthews set up a thrilling victory for the Caribbean side, which was achieved with three balls to spare.

Ms. Taylor was named ICC Player of the Tournament.