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Cargill, Stewart inducted into Camperdown Hall of Fame

BY DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter

Monday, October 29, 2012    

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DECEASED Reggae Boy and former national captain Peter Cargill was fondly remembered as team player and ultimate professional as he along with former national 100m champion Raymond Stewart were inducted into Camperdown High School's Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.

Cargill, who died in a car crash on the north coast of Jamaica in April 2005, was a key member of the Jamaica team which qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

His award was presented by Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, who told the Jamaica Observer that Cargill could always be depended upon.

"Peter has been an outstanding footballer both at the local and also at the international level. I can recall Peter being named the "119" player and it tells you he was always very reliable, responsible, and one who took the game seriously at all times," he said.

Stewart, who was a ward of Mills during his days at Camperdown, earned a silver medal as part of Jamaica's 4x100m relay team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and then at age 19 was the youngest person to compete in an Olympic Games 100m men's final.

He held a national junior record 10.21 seconds in the men's 100m which stood until Yohan Blake broke it during the Carifta Championships in 2007.

He later became a coach but received a lifetime ban from track and field athletics in 2010 over his involvement in a doping scandal.

Cargill, who also plied his trade in Israel before returning to Jamaica in 1996 to become a part of the historic France World Cup campaign was revered by Burrell in his memorial.

"He could also inspire the youngster to excellence at all times. He was a true stalwart and I believe that his school in honouring him on this occasion has certainly done the right thing," said Burrell.

As Jamaica continues on its bid to try to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the football executive hinted to the Observer the kind of message Cargill would have been able to pass on to the current crop of players.

"Peter stood for team unity. He was a great team player, and in addition, he was very professional in his approach and would inspire everyone on that field to be professional," said Burrell.

"The way he felt about his job and (he) certainly did a great deal to help Jamaica qualify in the 1998 campaign and so the lessons learnt is if you're going to qualify you have to be professional, you have to be serious about your job and certainly you have to display all those qualities and the results will come."

Three other persons -- Basil Bryan, Dr Muriel Lowe-Valentine and Irene Walter -- were also inducted into the Hall of Fame. Veteran track and field coach Glen Mills was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mills was inducted into the Hall of Fame during its inaugural year in 2011. The veteran coach made a record at the recent Olympic Games in London where he became the first coach to condition the top three athletes in the mens' 200m final -- Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir.

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