BRIAN CHARLES LARA WAS BORN ON MAY 2, 1969 IN SANTA CRUZ, TRINIDAD. HE IS GENERALLY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE GREATEST BATSMEN OF ALL TIME. LARA ALSO HOLDS THE RECORD FOR THE HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORE IN A TEST INNINGS AFTER SCORING 400 NOT OUT AGAINST ENGLAND AT ANTIGUA IN 2004. HE IS THE ONLY BATSMAN TO HAVE EVER SCORED A HUNDRED, A DOUBLE CENTURY, A TRIPLE CENTURY, A QUADRUPLE CENTURY AND A QUINTUPLE CENTURY IN FIRST CLASS GAMES OVER THE COURSE OF A SENIOR CAREER. LARA IS ONE OF ONLY THREE CRICKETERS TO RECEIVE THE PRESTIGIOUS BBC OVERSEAS SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR, THE OTHER TWO BEING SIR GARFIELD SOBERS AND SHANE WARNE. HE HAS TWO CHILDREN, SYDNEY LARA AND  TYLA LARA.

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BRIAN WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN YOUR LIFE?

My dad Bunty Lara, the support he gave me and the sacrifices he made for me are the real reasons for my achievements on and off the playing field. I lived an active life from an early age so the peace and tranquility brought about by my Mom Pearl was a calming influence. Joey Carew and Sir Garfield Sobers were my mentors and father figures as well.

 

WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE FAVOURITE THINGS YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE AND WHY?

Spending time with my two beautiful daughters, something that was difficult during my playing days. Playing golf with my friends around the world, I just love the challenges of the game and travelling the world promoting my country Trinidad and Tobago as a place to visit. I love travelling and instinctively when I’m abroad I encourage the people I come into contact with to visit my beautiful country.

 

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED?

I will like to be remembered as someone who positively impacted the lives of all Caribbean people through my profession. To those close to me, a good father, brother and friend.

 

TELL US ABOUT BRIAN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 6-12?

I was a sports fanatic who always had to be playing something - cricket, football, table tennis, etc. Academically okay but recreation was of utmost importance. I also learnt a lot during those impressionable years from my ten brothers and sisters.

 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE A HOME IN BARBADOS?

Ebworth is more than a home, it’s an old plantation house sitting on a ridge overlooking the west coast of Barbados surrounded by 18 acres. I saw it as an investment in years to come. Personally I enjoy being in Barbados and of all the people in the Caribbean, I feel like I have a closer relationship with Barbadians outside of my home country. 

 

HOW DO YOU ENJOY YOUR TIME IN BARBADOS?

Golf and more golf! There are beautiful golf courses all over the Caribbean but here I’m spoilt with 3 amazing courses; Sandy Lane Golf Club, Apes Hill as well as Royal Westmoreland. A morning swim on one of the west coast beaches is a must and the restaurants... their food and service is second to none.

 

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS YOU WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON TO YOUR CHILDREN?

Definitely to respect their elders. Forgiveness is a character trait that everyone has but don’t necessarily employ, there is going to come a time when people or events disappoint them and learning to forgive and move on is the only way your mind is going to be at peace. I want my kids to also live their lives to the fullest and have no regrets.

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