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June 19, 2023 7:41 AM

Student documentary explores the rise of cricket

Two second-year students in Conestoga’s Broadcasting - Television and Independent Production program were interviewed on CBC’s Morning Edition - K-W on May 24 about a documentary they completed for their capstone project.

The Rise of Cricket in Canada, directed and produced by students Navdeep Singh and Simran Kaur, delves into the heart of cricket and its growing popularity in Waterloo Region. It also looks at the challenges that come with growth -- from a lack of spaces to play to racism on the field to the experiences of players, officials and fans who have faced discrimination within the cricketing community.

“Once they began to research the growth of the sport of cricket in the Waterloo Region, they discovered that many Southeast Asian players have had to deal with racism, in form of verbal abuse, and also through vandalism, as their cricket pitches have been purposefully destroyed on two occasions in the past couple of years,” explained professor Rachelle Cooper. “However, they also learned that the sport has been an incredible community builder and that there is a lot of optimism in that cricket is connecting people together and is attracting more people to the sport.”

The 15-minute documentary includes interviews with the founders of the Sunrise Cricket Club and the Kitchener Wolves, as well as Kitchener mayor Berry Vrbanovic.

Singh and Kaur’s CBC interview is available online at: View the Rise of Cricket in Canada on YouTube.

In the Broadcasting - Television and Independent Production two-year diploma program, students learn to write, perform, shoot and edit content in a variety of formats. Using industry standard equipment and software, storytelling skills are enhanced through lighting, sound design, and post-production finishing. The fourth semester of this 2-year program is split between a field placement where students work within the industry and a final capstone project where they will integrate the skills learned within the program.