August 2017

Issue Home >>

Vikash Mohan, a final-year Mechanical Engineering student was named the UWI Sportsman of the Year by the Vice-Chancellor in May 2017, at the launch of the UWI Games. As captain of The UWI St. Augustine cricket team, he then led the team to overall victory at the end of the UWI Games in June.

Vikash, a former Trinidad and Tobago Under 13, 15 and 19 all-rounder, has been tipped by the Assistant Coach at the CCC, Keshava Rampaul, to captain the CCC in the upcoming season after serving as vice-captain this year.

He praised his parents when asked who inspired him to play cricket. “They never really wanted me home doing nothing,” he said. He also thanked his coaches both at Aranguez and at the zonal level for their mentorship.

He laughingly placed blame on his parents for being at UWI but insists that he does not regret listening to them as he stated, “in terms of having something after [sport], education is important.”

Like most student athletes, he struggles to balance the two and admits that, “it’s hard, to be honest. It’s a lot of sacrifice, especially when all your friends liming and you have to make that sacrifice to go to training or do school work; at times when you have exams you have to focus on school work.”

He explained that time management was a major issue for him. He also felt that more could be done for student athletes who missed exams due to national duty.

Vikash also urged athletes to always give their best.

“You never know who is looking at you, because I never had intentions of being picked for CCC. I just did it for the best and the coach from CCC happened to be there and I got called.”

He hoped that the recent award was just the start and that it could be a stepping stone to mimic his idol, Brian Lara, and one day be a part of the West Indies Cricket Team.

(Christon Sandy)