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Shahdon Winchester Thread
« on: December 03, 2008, 06:21:34 AM »
Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
By Kwame Williams (T&T Guardian)


When times are tough or things are going woefully awry, it is then that folks tend to learn the most about themselves and others around them. In other words, when the chips are down and your mettle is tested, you find out exactly what you are made of.

Having to deal with disappointment is part and parcel of being human and, just as sure as a politician will tell lies, during ones lifetime this emotion is one everybody will experience at a number of junctures.

Adversity, though, seems to have a way of bringing the best out of some people and as the saying goes - “only the strong survive”.

Shahdon Winchester is testament to this. The Naparima College standout has been turning heads in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) since making his debut for “Naps” as a tenacious 12-year-old in 2004.

This year, he lit the competition ablaze, scoring 16 goals on the way to leading “Naps” to another South Zone league and Intercol double, as well as the coveted BGTT Big Five crown.

His searing pace and mesmerising dribbling skills make him a constant threat to rivals on the football field, while an insatiable hunger for success ensures that he will fight to the last to see out any task set before him.

But prior to all Winchester’s headline-grabbing exploits in the SSFL, he was forced to tackle one of life’s harsh realities and the battle to overcome it when he lost his dad. Shahdon was just 10 when the man responsible for nurturing his love of football – Derek Winchester – died in a vehicular accident.

Although it has been six years since the elder Winchester’s passing, every time Shahdon plays he is driven by a desire to make his father proud and not a day goes by in which the Princes Town native doesn’t wonder how his dad would feel about his development both on and off the pitch.

“I think about him a lot, especially when I’m playing and even more so if we lose. I study how he would feel about of my performance, if he was happy with it or not.

“He was the one who got me interested in the sport because he used to carry me to watch a lot of matches,” Winchester said.

After her husband’s death, Shahdon’s mom – Svetlana Winchester – took up the mantle and made it her responsibility to ensure that her young son was not denied the opportunity to pursue his football dreams.

As a matter of fact, so committed was she to the cause that Svetlana, who did not know how to drive, decided to take driving classes and apply for a permit just to be able to drop and pick up Shahdon, the eldest of her three children, from practice at the club his dad enrolled him in – Couva outfit W Connection.

“It was a rough period for us, but everyone always used to tell me how good a player he was and if you give Shahdon a chance, he is the type who will play football whole day,” she joked.

“Having to work and be the home-maker was difficult at first but he was always a good and obedient child and I saw how much he loved football so it was an easy choice for me to make really. And fortunately for me I got help from his uncle and sometimes his cousins because they would carry him to practice when I couldn’t,” she added.

Even though he is 16 now, Winchester’s mother is still very active in his football life, ensuring he is up on time when he has early morning practice sessions and readying his gear whenever he needs it.

And this continued devotion over the years has began to bare fruit as Winchester is currently a key member of the T&T Under-17 team vying for qualification for the 2009 Fifa U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.

“Seeing how dedicated she is just makes me feel that I have to push even more. It makes me want to work harder,” he said.

Unfortunately, “Naps” failed to defend their national Intercol title, but Shahdon will have little time to dwell on that as he now has to focus on national team duties. He and his teammates will leave for Mexico in April, when the final round of qualifiers are scheduled to take place.

T&T are uncertain who they will face in Mexico as the tournament’s organisers are yet to decide the format in which it will be contested. One thing is for sure though, and that is whoever the local lads come up against, with Shahdon Winchester in the team they have an excellent chance of achieveing their goal.

You can even expect to see a couple opponents getting dribbled out of their boots as well, as he is an avid admirer of Brazil’s dribbler extraordinaire - Robinho.
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008, 06:37:29 AM »
From what little I have seen, this fella have all the gifts necessary to be someone special for T&T football.
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008, 06:44:21 AM »
Agree Swima like d little I c of d yute
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2008, 07:33:17 AM »
Is'n this the same player one of the members was always bigging up everytime we talking about Jerrol Brittos games.?

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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008, 09:46:09 AM »
Yep he is Britto strikin pardner
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008, 04:34:08 PM »
hope he comes along...i like

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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2008, 05:34:28 PM »
Yep he is Britto strikin pardner

I say he was a mid
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2008, 05:37:41 PM »
I c him strikin wit Britto in d under 17 earlier dis yr
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2009, 12:02:42 PM »
For those of you who watching Shahdon Winchester play.

Can you compare him to the SSFL standouts like Nixon, Sherwood, Yorke, Dwarika, Sampson etc etc.

It this a future star ?

How good is he ?

Can anyone name some players of his calibre in the SSFL ?

What about his teammates at Naps, Ryan Fredericks.

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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2009, 02:04:35 PM »
i got a chance to see him play when connection come to jersey. i know u cant judge someone just by one game but de man have de tools...lots of potential.
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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2009, 02:28:34 PM »
He done nearly too old arready to be "special".
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2009, 06:07:11 PM »
Exciting player. No lie.
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2009, 09:02:05 PM »
Last year I say him play one game and he looked impressive. This season he looked less than impressive but probably because Naps lost some of their players so teams focussed more on him a lot more. I will say this he does have potential, he very strong on the ball and has a good touch but he seems disintrested in the game at times. I feel like this season he played just to have something to do. We'll see how he looks when the Pro League gets going next season. I can't class him with the likes of Yorke, Sampson, Sherwood. Just have not seen him performing at a high level consistently even though he gets the goals he doesn't seem to be a game changer. 

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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2009, 09:08:33 PM »
not really palos...yuh have to put everyting in place.... this kid could play fittball...ah hearing yuh...but its not always cut and dry like dat
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2009, 09:35:14 PM »
we discover most of our players at 15,16 ,17 .How old is Winchester 17 thats par for the course with us.

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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2009, 11:44:40 PM »
Quick, get him a trial at Arsenal. ;D
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2009, 12:05:00 AM »
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2009, 12:31:30 AM »
we discover most of our players at 15,16 ,17 .How old is Winchester 17 thats par for the course with us.

He eh now discovered.  He been around a while now.

If I eh mistaken, he even went Portugal or someplace so fuh trials.  He moms have a Russian soundin name and she went wit he.

My point is...if he was "special", he woulda been picked up by somebody out dey.  Everybody on de football circuit lookin fuh players and when a special player come around, dem does know.

Is why Peltier & Hyland get extended looks.  I eh sayin it too late.  He IS 17 after all.  But time runnin out fuh him.  He have to leave T&T to get better and leave SOON. 

Playin SSFL & Intercol actually makin him REGRESS.
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2009, 08:06:00 AM »
Last year I say him play one game and he looked impressive. This season he looked less than impressive but probably because Naps lost some of their players so teams focussed more on him a lot more. I will say this he does have potential, he very strong on the ball and has a good touch but he seems disintrested in the game at times. I feel like this season he played just to have something to do. We'll see how he looks when the Pro League gets going next season. I can't class him with the likes of Yorke, Sampson, Sherwood. Just have not seen him performing at a high level consistently even though he gets the goals he doesn't seem to be a game changer. 

Thanks for de update.

I hear he left W Connection. So expect Joe Public to sign him up soon.

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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2009, 08:28:33 AM »
At 12yrs he won 3 titles at naps ,top scorer in the pro league youth levels with W.Connection,top class goal-scorer,national coaches put him in midfield,could have gone further,connection trying to hold him for money ,or buisness purposes.rigth up there with latas ,not that many skillful teamates  at his disposal like lats had with tech,similar to Collin Samuel at mayaro.

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« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2009, 10:31:05 AM »
At 12yrs he won 3 titles at naps ,top scorer in the pro league youth levels with W.Connection,top class goal-scorer,national coaches put him in midfield,could have gone further,connection trying to hold him for money ,or buisness purposes.rigth up there with latas ,not that many skillful teamates  at his disposal like lats had with tech,similar to Collin Samuel at mayaro.

I've seen Shahdon play a couple of times with W-Connection, and I like what was displayed, and I believe that he has a future in de game. But why exactly would you put him "right up there with Latas"?
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« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2009, 02:23:28 PM »
Similar ability, potential and accomplishments at youth levels,not saying he is better than the boss,but six south  zone titles,one national big five ,one national intercol title,national youth teams and  national senior team call ups, trials overseas,right agent that all it takes :D

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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2009, 02:27:50 PM »
Similar ability, potential and accomplishments at youth levels,not saying he is better than the boss,but six south  zone titles,one national big five ,one national intercol title,national youth teams and  national senior team call ups, trials overseas,right agent that all it takes :D

So Winchester win those titles by himself?  He played a supporting role on a very good Naps over the years.  Last year was probably the first year where he was the "star" of the team.

Rating him should not be based on how many titles Naps won.

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« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2009, 08:24:24 PM »
Winchester is the best SSFL player I have seen in the last 5 years but he is nowhere near the class of Latas, Yorke, Sherwood, and Sampson when they were his age.  I would rate him higher than Nixon.

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« Reply #24 on: November 26, 2009, 09:47:44 PM »
Shadon Winchester,Shadon Winchester,year after year, the best. :rotfl:

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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2009, 06:48:02 AM »
well how did Winchester on trial  at sporting  Braga  in portugal? anyone know
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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2009, 07:53:17 AM »
well how did Winchester on trial  at sporting  Braga  in portugal? anyone know
He playing for Naps.

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« Reply #27 on: November 28, 2009, 08:48:35 AM »
well how did Winchester on trial  at sporting  Braga  in portugal? anyone know
He playing for Naps.
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« Reply #28 on: November 28, 2009, 01:17:07 PM »
Did latapy makebradford city in his first trial,contracts are given not only for ability.steups waste ah time. ???

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Re: Shahdon Winchester: Rising above adversity
« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2009, 08:32:16 AM »
dis exactly is d problem wit we football...we so thirst to idolise somebody dat we does be graspin at straws.

D winchester boy good in SSFL...and dais about it. When men excel in a below par league, we quick to say he is d nex dis and dat. We hadda stop encouragin and promoting d mediocrity.

Encourage d player yes, but men done exalting him....and he aint all dat yet.

Same ting go on wit Jabloteh a season or two ago..dey beat everybody in pfl and as soon as dey gone outside is level licks.

Wake up ppl..d youngster may have potential, but we cyah properly assess dat in d SSFL. He went outside already and get sent back...dat doh mean he not good, it mean he not ready yet. How long he take to be ready is anyone's guess...but we should know is not now.

Stop writing articles makin ppl feel dat d boy reach somewhere