When one thinks of cricket at St Jago High School on cannot help but think of Winston Spencer, affectionately known by all as ‘Skip’. This astute and sharp witted gentleman has trained many able-bodied youth to play the game known as the king of sports.
To be a cricketer you must first learn to be a gentleman, and ‘Skip’ took it upon himself to groom his young charges into men and then gentlemen. Many renowned Jamaican cricketers have passed through his hands Danza Hyatt, Tony Powell and Garth Garvey
Since 1969, ‘Skip’ has not only been a coach but also a mentor and father figure to all of his cricketers. He showed them the importance of being disciplined and being passionate about what you believe in.
‘Skip’has played an important part in creating St Jago’s excellence in School Boy Cricket, for 44 years, he gave to building the culture of outstanding cricket at St Jago. Some of his achievements include: leading St. Jago to victory in the 1977 Sunlight Cup and the Tappin Cup, in 1978 the Tappin Cup. In 1980 and 1981 St Jago placed second in the Sunlight Cup, and in 1981 St Jago shared the Tappin Cup with Excelsior High School.
In 1990 and 1991 St Jago again won the Tappin Cup, then in 2001 and 2002 St Jago was a force to be reckoned with and under Skip’s guidance the school won the coveted Grace Shield and the JIIC Knock Out Competition.
Albert Einstein The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive. Winston ‘Skip’ Spencer has given more than a lifetime to St Jago, today his loyalty and unwavering spirit is recognised.
The St Jago Family love, honour, and salute Winston ‘Joe’ ‘Skip’ Spencer for 44 years of dedicated and productive service.