Determined to be a good role model
Miguel Postlethwaite loves the adrenalin rush he gets from scoring a goal.
Football, cricket, rugby — you name it, the 15-year-old has played it.
But he insists he’s not competitive in a cocky, arrogant way.
“I see the people I play sports with as family,” he said. “It’s important to look out for one another.
“At school, if someone needs help I am always there.”
He believes his brotherly attitude helped him become president of CedarBridge Academy’s Kappa League Knights chapter.
“I had to give a speech,” he said. “I talked about how I would show my good responsibility skills and make sure everyone was on the right path.
“In order to be a good role model you have to always be positive, and look presentable.”
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc started the programme at the senior school in October 2016. The group meets once a week.
The Kappa League helps young men to develop to their fullest potential. Organiser Lamumba Tucker said he was impressed by Miguel’s maturity when he interviewed him for a spot.
“Miguel took notes of key points and freely questioned topics and areas where he required more clarity,” said Mr Tucker.
“He made it clear to us from the beginning that he sought out leadership roles and within the Kappa League he has done just that. It’s rare that you encounter a young man like Miguel who demonstrates humility, discipline and strong leadership abilities.”
Miguel said he took his cue from his own role models, his father, Leonard Postlethwaite and his godfather Darren Walker.
“They are always motivating me,” he said. “They are always on me about schoolwork and sports. They keep me on track.
“They are always supportive, especially with these types of things, because they like sports themselves.”
The teenager is also active with Beyond Rugby Bermuda.
“It is a rough sport, but I cope with it,” he said. “Sometimes you come away feeling bruised, but you just shake it off. When I was little I loved to play chase, so I try to use that in rugby. It works out perfect for me.
“It’s an exciting sport, because when you have the ball everyone is trying to come after you and trying to tackle you.”
Beyond Rugby organiser Deneca Zuill said it wasn’t just Miguel’s athleticism that caught their attention.
“I knew there was something special about him,” she said.
“I could see the potential just by his mannerisms and how he speaks. I made a point to connect with him.”
Until joining Beyond Rugby Bermuda, Miguel’s main sport was cricket.
Last summer he toured England with the National Academy cricket team.
“I’d love to one day play at Cup Match,” he said.
“I’ve had several cousins play for Somerset.
“Ultimately, I just want to be a good citizen in my community and be successful in my future.”