Fast-bowling great, Ambassador Courtney Walsh, who has the enviable distinction of being the West Indian bowler with the most wickets in Test cricket, is poised to become an honorary member of the Negril Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Walsh will be inducted into the Negril Chamber of Commerce at an award reception at Negril Escape Resort & Spa this Saturday night.
He has been playing a pivotal role in the development of Jamaica's cricket through a series of cricket-based initiatives since his retirement from the game. "As a legendary contributor to the sport of cricket in the West Indies, and to the development of local cricket talent, the chamber is very proud of Mr. Walsh's contribution," said Negril Chamber executive Sharon Parris-Chambers, who is also president of Positive Tourism Limited.
"The Negril Chamber of Commerce is seizing the opportunity to honour this great legend." The award reception, which is considered a top-flight social occasion, is slated to start at 6:30 p.m., and is expected to have the leading business, civic and political figures from Negril in attendance. Ambassador Walsh, who captained the West Indies team in 22 Test matches and was Jamaica's captain for many years, will be conducting a three-day cricket clinic at the Allan Rae Stadium in Westmoreland, this weekend, spanning Friday to Sunday.
The Negril coaching clinic, which forms a part of the Supreme Ventures/Courtney Walsh Coaching Clinic, is an initiative designed to identify young cricketing talents across the island with a view of assisting in their development through proper coaching techniques and guidance. With an impressive résumé, which has seen him play over 100 Test matches for the West Indies and capturing 519 wickets, Ambassador Walsh is considered the ideal role model for young cricketers aspiring for greatness.