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Nigel Clarke, right, shows Rayanna Flanders how to shoot during a basketball drill at the Special Olympics National Games, held at the Jean Pierre Complex, yesterday.


PARTICIPATION, sportsmanship and brain development were the important elements when athletes with special needs participated in eight disciplines at the 37th annual Special Olympics National Games, yesterday.

From as early as 8 am participants competed in athletics, football, bocce, powerlifting, swimming, equestrian, basketball and volleyball. The events, such as football and basketball, included a skills challenge.

Athletes who represented TT at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates were among the competitors. Some of the venues used were the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Jean Pierre Complex (both in Mucurapo) and Long Circular Gym (St James).

The day was not only about sports, as part of the Jean Pierre Complex was transformed into a health centre where athletes benefitted from dental care and foot care.

Among the institutions that took part at the Games were Happy Haven (Tobago), Tobago School for the Deaf, St Ann's Hospital, Goodwill Industries, National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and all the Lady Hochoy Homes including Arima, Cocorite and Penal.

Anjaana Downes, marketing representative of Special Olympics TT, said the athletes are eager to win medals, but taking part is important.

"At the end of day they are competing to win so a gold medal will mean a lot to anybody regardless of their ability, but taking part really is the greatest joy for them. It is about sportsmanship and it is about competing with not just people who come from their schools, but people who come from the various schools."

Ronald De Silva, a basketball coordinator at the Games, says the athletes with disabilities cannot be taken lightly.

"It develops their minds because many of these athletes when they do things over and over memory is built. The skills contest also helps them learn to think. We underestimate a lot of them, they may take a much longer time to learn, but they can."

Leanna Huntley, head of Healthy Athletes and Fit Feet, was glad to share health tips to the special athletes.

"It is quite rewarding...we volunteer our time and it is really rewarding for us because we know that some of these athletes because of different family circumstances and because they are attached to schools they may not have the benefit of some of these services."

At the Hasely Crawford Stadium the warm weather did not affect the excitement among the athletes with the 50-metre walk, 50m run, 100m run, 200m run and the softball throw among the events contested.

Three teams were in action in football at the Hasely Crawford Stadium training ground with NCPD, Happy Haven and Lady Hochoy Penal competing. A skills contest was held which required the athletes to compete in a number of drills including dribbling for 15 metres. Stefan Quemmier of Goodwill and Darrion Joseph of Lady Hochoy Penal were among the winners.

At the Jean Pierre Complex, basketballers were also required to demonstrate their skills by dribbling around cones along with playing matches. NCPD, Memisa and Pointe-a-Pierre Special School were some of the schools involved.


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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.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

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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