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Fri, Aug



It was a first! The Na­tion­al Steel Sym­pho­ny or­ches­tra con­duct­ed by Dr Akua Lei­th play­ing both the pres­i­den­tial fan­fare and the na­tion­al an­them at the T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee (TTOC) 24th An­nu­al Awards cer­e­mo­ny at the Ball­room Hy­att Re­gency Ho­tel, Wright­son Road, Port-of-Spain on Sat­ur­day.

The black-tie event was well at­tend­ed, among the au­di­ence T&T's Head of State and the twin Is­land Re­pub­lic's first fe­male pres­i­dent, Her Ex­cel­len­cy Paula-Mae Weekes and The Ho­n­ourable Sham­fa Cud­joe Min­is­ter of Sport and Youth Af­fairs.

Fea­tured speak­er was Olympian and a pi­o­neer in her own right Can­dice Scott. Among the award re­cip­i­ents were his­to­ry-mak­ing cy­clist Teneil Camp­bell who re­ceived her Fu­ture is Fe­male Award from 2017 awardee Mau­ris­sa Aguillera, who was the first re­cip­i­ent of the award.

Michelle-Lee Ahye took away the TTOC sports­woman of the year while Shani­qua Bas­combe will reign as the T&T Olympic Move­ment's 2018 Ju­nior Sports­woman of the year.

Should Bas­combe re­main dis­ci­plined and fo­cused and seek to em­u­late fe­male ath­letes and role mod­els such as Can­dice Scott, Kel­ly-Ann Bap­tiste, Cleopa­tra Borel and Ahye much more will be on the of­fer­ing in the fu­ture from the tal­ent­ed ath­lete. But that's if she re­mains dis­ci­plined and fo­cused and stay true to the ful­fil­ment of her po­ten­tial and tal­ent.

Off the field role mod­els such as Her Ex­cel­len­cy, Paula-Mae Weekes is some­one whom our youth­ful and tal­ent­ed fe­males with the po­ten­tial to be Olympic cham­pi­ons can look up to.

The times are tough and the temp­ta­tions and dis­trac­tions are many and ever present. In all as­pects the - Fu­ture is Fe­male - but pos­i­tive role mod­els to em­u­late will be im­por­tant.

The T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee is mak­ing a con­cert­ed ef­fort in its push to set a new bench­mark for the in­volve­ment of women and girls in sport. The search for fu­ture is fe­male lead­ers and Olympic cham­pi­ons can't on­ly fo­cus on the phys­i­cal it must al­so em­brace the emo­tion­al and cog­ni­tive.

The signs are there that the fu­ture is fe­male but there are many pot­holes and stum­bling blocks along the way. How­ev­er, one can sense we are on the verge of a break­through and there is an en­er­gy of pos­i­tiv­i­ty but it's a frag­ile bal­anc­ing act that can eas­i­ly turn neg­a­tive.

The year 2019 is un­der­way and its fair to say that 2018 may very well be seen as the year when the gold­en era of women in Olympic sport be­gan here in Trinidad and To­ba­go.

A quick point re the na­tion­al steel sym­pho­ny or­ches­tra. It's the in­ten­tion of the TTOC to vig­or­ous­ly pur­sue the recog­ni­tion and use by the IOC of the steel pan ver­sion of the T&T na­tion­al an­them played by the na­tion­al steel sym­pho­ny or­ches­tra. The in­ten­tion is to com­plete the process by Tokyo 2020.

Hap­py New Year to all of Trinidad and To­ba­go.

Ed­i­tor's Note: Bri­an Lewis is the Pres­i­dent of the T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee (TTOC) and the views ex­pressed are not nece­sar­i­ly those of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.


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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

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It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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