“You learn that you have to plan. In life, you have to be strategic. In the first 15 minutes you go hard and then you have to rest. You have to pace yourself, and you learn that and you take it over into life. You learn how to deal with people. It teaches you about hierarchy. It’s a lot of social skills you’re learning from the sport,” she said. Forrester, whose mother Olive is a teacher of physical education at Vere Technical High School, Clarendon, said even while at Mineral Heights Primary School she participated in football and netball and learnt to play basketball. While the primary years can be intense with the GSAT curriculum placing pressure on youngsters, Forrester said her parents were supportive. In fact, she said her parents moved her from a kindergarten at which there were no extra-curricular activities to a school where she could participate in activities which were not centred solely on academics. “I was singing and dancing as well,” the 24-year-old said. “My father played cricket and my mom played basketball and hockey. They were always supportive.” BEING STRATEGIC SPORTS, academics, or both – the debate rages on with student-athletes trapped in the middle. Many proponents on either side of the argument have battled over whether students who are good at sport should turn their focus to their specialisation at the expense of academics, or whether school should be the focus with sport participation a pastime. In comes this year’s Rhodes Scholar, Sherona Forrester. Her participation in high-school sport helped fund her tertiary education as she earned full scholarships to the University of the West Indies, Mona, to complete her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics. The former national female Under-17 football captain and member of the national senior team – until a cruciate ligament injury put her career on hold – said that the arguments for being unable to balance the two are “lazy”. “I believe that hard work, dedication and determination are what you need, and a lot of them (student-athletes), they’re not willing to put in the work that they need to be good,” Forrester told The Gleaner yesterday. “Their attitude hinders even their potential in the sport as well,” she added, pointing out that participation in sports provides skills that aid in other areas of life. “What you learn in sport is transferable; you learn discipline, you learn stamina, your body is healthier, you’re taking care of yourself. TIME MANAGEMENT It was while at primary school that Forrester learnt the importance of preparation and time management. “We did a lot of practice in class and we had a lot of homework. When it got to the day before (GSAT), we were playing. I think the preparation was really good in that regard.” After moving to Glenmuir High, Forrester’s involvement in sport intensified to include dance, speech, choir, table tennis and chess. “At Glenmuir, I had a few other persons, just like me, participating in sports and doing extremely well,” she said, adding that one of the members of the football team topped his class and earned a football scholarship to a United States-based university. “It wasn’t really strange,” she said. Forrester, who also represented the University of the West Indies in football, netball and basketball regionally and internationally, reiterated that sports participation helps the brain improve. “The brain and body are getting fit and a lot fitter than the average person. I place value on doing well at everything I do. When I’m in class, I’m actively listening; then I practice when I can, and then sleep. Sleep is very important, when you sleep you absorb memories. “Opportunity cost is very real. Time is limited, but it is the value that you put in the time that you spend. So, if you’re going to spend five hours training and goofing off, the two hours you put into study you have to maximise that. You make time for it because there is time,” said Forrester.
Austin Cook celebrates his winning putt on the 18th green during the final round of the RSM Classic golf tournament on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Austin Cook was chased by proven PGA Tour winners all day at the RSM Classic.Now the Arkansas player is one of them.ADVERTISEMENT Curry scores 39, Warriors hold off Nets Spaun shot a 66.Gay, the oldest contender of the week at 45, eagled the par-4 18th hole from 161 yards with a 9-iron to break out of a five-way tie for third and finish at 16 under. He shot 68.Kirk (71) and Kisner (68), past winners of the tournament, St. Simons Island resident Brian Harman (65) and Andrew Landry (67) tied for fourth at 14 under.Cook, the 26-year-old from Little Rock, earned $1,116,000 and improved to third on the FedEx Cup points list.It’s the second year in a row that a rookie won the RSM Classic. Mac Hughes survived a five-way playoff to capture the title last year in a Monday finish.Spaun, a stocky former University of San Diego player, made the biggest move of the day and twice cut Cook’s lead to one shot — the last time on an 8-foot birdie putt at the par-4 16th.ADVERTISEMENT However, Spaun bogeyed No. 17 when he failed to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker, and Cook birdied No. 15 with a 4-footer and No. 17 with a 15-footer to seal the victory.Spaun’s birdie at No. 16 could have put him into a tie for the lead but he missed a 4-foot birdie attempt on the previous hole.“That (Spaun’s miss at No. 15) was big,” said Cook, who said he’s an obsessive leaderboard-watcher and knew exactly when Spaun had come within a shot.Cook, who has Gay’s former caddie, Kip Henley, carrying his bag, never slipped after a bogey at the second hole, just his second of the week. He missed only two fairways in the final round and made par after four of his five missed greens. He led the field in scrambling, converting 11 of 12 pars after missing greens, and tied for fourth by hitting 48 of 56 fairways.“With Kip on the bag, he was able to keep me in the moment and keep me pressing instead of playing conservative,” Cook said. “There was a lot of stuff going on, mostly up here (tapping his head). My ball-striking was great and for the most part, my putting was great. Holding the nerves down, playing a good round in these conditions. … I’m so happy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The PGA Tour rookie held off veterans Brian Gay, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner and Brian Harman on Sunday at the chilly, windy Sea Island Club’s Seaside Course.Cook closed with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over J.J. Spaun. The victory in the final PGA Tour event of the calendar year gave Cook a spot in the Masters next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“It was definitely exciting … real brutal with the wind,” Cook said. “I got off to a slow start but I was able to keep my head level and know there was a lot of golf to be played. With the wind and those conditions, a lot could happen.”Cook birdied three of his last four holes after the three-shot lead he began the day with slipped to one over Spaun. Cook made a 14-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to finish at 21-under 261. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene read more