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UTT Women & Girls in Sports: Ms. Stacy-Ann King
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This week our Women and Girls in Sport Wednesday features Ms. Stacy-Ann King, past UTT student-athlete and West Indian Cricketer.
Stacy-Ann King is a former cricketer for the West Indies and The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). She graduated from the University with magna cum laude honors in the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Sports Studies with specialisation in Sport Management and Sport for Development programme in 2020. During her time as a student-athlete, she received Certificates of Recognition as an Ambassador for Sport, for Sports Events Management, Sports Management I and Excellence in Introduction to Kinesiology.
She is presently employed with the National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited’s (MTS) Training Department as an HR Assistant and Physical Training Instructor, a role she has held for the past seventeen (17) years. She is also part of a team that trains and lectures to security recruits joining the organisation. As it relates to cricket, Ms. King currently provides international commentary in St. Lucia with the likes of Sir Curtly Ambrose, Daren Ganga and Samuel Badree in the T20 Series - West Indies versus Australia.  
How was your experience at UTT as a student-athlete?
There were some challenges at first - such as wanting to be part of the male cricket scholarship programme as the University had no provisions for female cricket athletes at the time. After discussions, this was soon overturned and I was included to represent the University team. My national team responsibilities which required frequent travel out of Trinidad for camps and competitions created its challenges, but I was able to manage work, school and play to the best of my ability. Overall, my experience was fantastic as an adult student-athlete gaining new friendships whilst interacting and mentoring some of my fellow classmates. I will forever cherish the interactions and communications with lecturers, and just being part of university life. It was an interesting and unforgettable experience for me; so much that I miss it now.
What is your greatest sporting achievement to-date?
My greatest sporting achievement, prior to joining UTT, is most definitely being a part of the winning ICC Women’s World Cup Team in India in 2016. This victory preceded the respective West Indies Men’s and West Indies Male Under-19’s ICC World Cup titles, making it a record-breaking feat never before accomplished by any cricket nation, with three (3) World Cup titles in the same year.
During my time at UTT, being the first female cricketer to join the University Cricket Team would be my greatest achievement. I believe this has opened doors and raised questions of female inclusion in male dominated sport and teams, as well as serving to inspire other female cricketers to not be afraid of putting their hands up.
How is your life after UTT?
Life after UTT is fair, however, I am still deciding what area I want to pursue for my master’s degree in. Currently, I am an active player representing Trinidad and Tobago Red Force Divas (Senior Women’s cricket team) and I am also employed at MTS, aiming to climb higher and make further inroads into the world of sport commentary.
What challenges did you encounter as a student-athlete at UTT?
Challenges were faced initially, by trying to break chains to join the University cricket team since there were no previous provisions for female team members, prior to my inclusion. Living Sangre Grande and having to commute to UTT Corinth Campus posed its fair share of challenges; as I commuted for more hours than I actually sat in a classroom. Being a full-time cricketer saw me having to multi-task, managing training, studies, assignments and rest whilst being in different countries and time zones to maintain my GPA to the best of my ability.
How are you coping with the pandemic?
It has been tough as a senior athlete having to make decisions based on my athletic age. The uncertainty of the pandemic has brought to all parts of the world an impact on the sporting landscape forcing organisers to postpone major sporting events. These factors have brought forward the reality of having to find answers to questions of retirement, family life and life after my cricket career. I have not yet retired from international cricket, but I am presently enjoying commentary opportunities in the Caribbean for the West Indies vs South Africa Betway Home series. Luckily, this is an area I have certified myself in, whilst preparing for life after playing, like many of my fellow past players.
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