Barbados: Barbados Children Directory outlined the profile of seven years old- Kamal Martindale, who wrote a series of books about the sports he loves and plays. He will be the published author having his first book launch at Happy Vale Montessori School, where he is a student.
Barbados Children Directory stated, “At seven years old, Kamal Martindale is a published author of a series of books about the sports he loves and plays, and he will soon be having his first book launch at the Happy Vale Montessori School, where he is a student.”
Kamal who has a keen interest in sports wrote the books based on his adventures in sports on the island. His books, ‘Tennis is Fun For Everyone’, ‘Volleyball is Fun For Everyone’, ‘Football is Fun For Everyone’ and ‘Road Tennis Is Fun For Everyone’, can be found on Amazon in a kindle form or locally.
While Ninja Warriors is his favourite sport, Kamal also plays tennis, cricket and volleyball and he trains as a Ninja Warrior at Beyond Limits Gym. Kamal’s journey into writing was started with the help of his mother, Kandia Shorey who is herself a tennis coach and it was done in an effort to get him to enjoy reading.
“Kamal was struggling with his reading”, she told us, “So I had to look at different ways to get him to embrace reading”, she explained. Shorey recognised that her son was a very good storyteller, so she encouraged him to tell her stories which she wrote down and then he would read them back to her.
That exercise proved successful as Kamal loved reading his own stories and it also gave him some confidence in reading and inspired him to read. After loving his own stories and feeling happy about his reading, Kamal asked if he could make his stories into books and that began his journey as one of Barbados’ youngest authors.
Shorey assisted with getting illustrations done and finding a publisher and the little author shared in the excitement by working closely with his mum. Kamal plays in his first tennis tournament this weekend as he is signed up to compete in the ‘Tennis 10s’ competition which plays off on Sunday and no doubt he would be taking his own advice with his coach/mum cheering him on.
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