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Sporting excellence it’s only to be expected for Manders family

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Many children have a tough time living up the lofty standard set by their parents, but for the Manders family it comes with the territory.

With Gavin, Taurean and Tre Manders, and Jekon Edness having famous fathers, stardom is something not only to be expected but also something they cherish.

Edness is the son of Anthony, Gavin is the son of Bermuda national cricket coach Arnold, and Andre is the father of Tre and Tuarean.

The trio of Manders brothers Andre (Somerset), Arnold (St George’s) and Anthony (Somerset) all played in Cup Match in the late 1970s, 80s and early 1990s with Tre and Jekon being the only two sons to play cricket.

Although the pressure to be successful can be tiresome, tennis star Gavin looks at things in a different perspective and believes it’s an honour rather then a curse.

“Being a Manders comes with its up and downs. There was a lot of pressure on us growing up to follow in our fathers’ footsteps,” he said. “But I think as we have matured into men, we have accepted it and embraced it. We all took our own paths and have excelled in our respective sports.

“We were all like brothers growing up and always pushed each other to be the best at whatever we did. I am proud of them for what they have accomplished and I give thanks to the Manders family and how they raised us.

“I can't speak for them, but I do not feel any pressure to follow in my father’s footsteps to become a sporting great. I give thanks for my father (Arnold) as a role model who always taught me to give it my all in anything I did.

“He helped me become the man I am today in the sporting arena, but my passion is what continues to drive me now. My love for the game, and my determination to get better every day is what I hope will decide whether I become a great or not. I have a long way to go to step into his shoes, but one thing I can promise is I will continue to work hard and represent not just the Manders family, but all of Bermuda.”

The cousins have all taken different paths to fame.

Gavin is Bermuda’s number one tennis player, and is on the road to recovery from a road traffic accident last December that saw him lose half of his baby toe, fractured another toe and also damage ligaments in his right shoulder.

He recently competed in the Alex Howard’s Men’s and Women’s Open Championship in his return to the court where he lost in the semi-finals.

Footballer Taurean recently signed for Caribbean side Antigua Barracuda after leaving Canadian Soccer League side York Region Shooters.

He played a full 90 minutes on Saturday in the Barracuda’s 4-1 loss to Richmond Kickers at home.

The 26-year-old previously spent a season at CSL side Capital City.

Jekon, the eldest of the cousins, has already made his mark in cricket. Last year he captained Somerset to Cup Match victory and remains a Bermuda international.

Tre, the youngest of the three cousins, made an immediate impact on the international scene in the recently completed Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Bermuda, stroking a half-century in his official competitive debut at Somerset Cricket Club.

The youngster replaced the injured Jason Anderson and grasped his opportunity to impress on the way to an attractive knock of 64 from 86 balls that included seven fours and three sixes.

He added 48 runs for the third wicket with skipper Stephen Outerbridge (12) and another 54 for the fourth wicket with David Hemp (36) after openers Dion Stovell (2) and Chris Douglas (0) were dismissed cheaply.

He is in school in England, furthering his education both in the classroom and on the field.

“I believe the sky is the limit for Tre, he was the youngest of us growing up and we never took it easy on him in anything. I believe it helped him to have both of us older cousins beating up on him in everything,” said Gavin.

“I'm proud of him and his parents for taking the next step and going to England to take his game to the next level. Aunt Cherie and Uncle Andre moved out there with him, so he has a great support system behind him helping him stay focused.

“I believe Tre will continue to progress and take his game to a higher level and I believe in him and support him hundred percent.

“Taurean was one we looked up to, and to see him achieving what he is currently doing is incredible. It goes to show that with hard work and dedication, you can achieve things that others think you can’t attain.

“In the bigger picture of life, you have to believe you can do things that are not the norm to get ahead and we have each sacrificed a great deal to be where we are.

“I am proud to be a Manders, and wish them the best moving forward in their careers.”

Tre Manders made his mark in last week's Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3.
Gavin Manders: Bermuda's number one tennis player.
Taurean Manders: Ex-North Village player, Bermuda international and now playing for Antigua Barracuda.

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Published May 15, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm)

Sporting excellence it’s only to be expected for Manders family

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