WITHOUT my teammates this would not have been possible, national cricketer Dwayne Bravo said moments after receiving the Humming Bird Gold medal award.
Bravo dedicated the award to his teammates.
Bravo was one of six winners of the Humming Bird Gold medal at the National Awards held at the Queen’s hall auditorium on Monday night.
“I feel honoured. It is a great achievement for me personally to be recognised by my country. I have been serving my country for quite a while now and I am very happy to achieve something such as big as this and I just want to say congratulations to all the other awardees as well.
“Well done to everyone who put Trinidad and Tobago on the map and to me personally I just want to say thanks to my teammates as well because without my teammates the success I have would not have been possible and this achievement goes out to them as well,” Bravo said.
Although he has travelled all around the world Bravo said he cannot see himself living anywhere else but here.
“This is the only place I can see myself living, even in life after cricket. It is just for us to continue to stick together as a nation, forget all the petty talk and stuff and just try to focus on making Trinidad and Tobago a better place.
“For me as a sportsman I just want to continue and represent the country and do great things for Trinidad and Tobago and for the young youths coming up to try and follow in my footsteps or even whether it is a Keshorn Walcott or Machel Montano or whichever role model you have or someone whoever you look up to, just try to emulate someone and be on the positive side of life and to make the country proud,” Bravo said.
Bravo said he does not feel pressured by the award as he is a “very humble” and “very chill person”.
“For me it is not really what I want to achieve but I just want to be an ambassador for my country and to do the right things, set an example for others to follow just as my role model did before Brian Lara, he is someone who I look up to and you know he achieved great things as well and he is a very close friend to me and I just want to pave the way for others to follow as well and just continue to do the right things.
“I have kids coming up and I just want to set a great example for my children and for my nieces and nephews and for all my teammates, as I mentioned before my success is because of my teammates and they have to get some credit as well,” Bravo said.