7th January 2019, Port of Spain. On 19th Novemeber 2018, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) in partnership with BAFA Sports (By Athletes For Athletes) joined together for the launch of its pilot project #GetMovingTTO.

#GetMovingTTO is a pilot project geared towards the promotion of wellness and healthy lifestyles through physical activity. #GetMovingTTO Virtual 5K marries sport with technology through the use of a mobile app. The concept of the virtual 5K allows participants to get active at a pace and time frame that fits their lifestyle, schedule and individual goals.

Once participants have successfully completed the 5K, they will receive their very own TeamTTO branded medal. At Olympic House (121 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain) today (7 Jan), a few participants were presented with their medals. These individuals included Ivan Choo King, Rayanna Sebro, Andrew Pacheo, Merryl See Tai, Commander Don Polo, Colin Young, Rebeca Keong Fatt and Vivian Johnson.

Proceeds from the #GetMovingTTO Virtual 5K would go towards the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee's #10Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund. The original target has been exceeded and the registration has been extended to allow more persons to participate.

Interested persons can register up until January 31st for the TTOC’s #GetMovingTTO 5k race online at bafasports.com. The cost of registration is TTD$99.00.


Editor’s Notes:

10Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund

Vision 10 or more Olympic Gold medals by the year 2024 (#10Golds24) was established in 2013. #10Golds24 aims to cultivate a system of excellence that clarifies the development pathway and performance management system that holistically foster, mentor, nurture and develop Olympians and Olympic Champions.

Training to be an Olympic champion is a full time commitment that demands both discipline and dedication to maintain competitiveness and to win medals. Elite and high performance athletes competing in individual and team sports must dedicate time, money, and energy to their athletic endeavors.

Signaling a new mindset, a new attitude and a new approach where the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) targets the big goal and the big dream of ten Olympic gold medals by the year 2024. Establishing a change in culture entails breaking down barriers with new and innovative approaches. Thus, this approach intends to sensitize the nation about the reality that exist with our National Athletes in an attempt to encourage support of our athletes on their journey to fulfilling the Olympic Dream.

#10Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund was launched on the 26th December 2014. On 25th January 2015, the TTOC President, Brian Lewis, participated in the Trinidad and Tobago International Marathon to raise awareness and seed funding for the Athlete Welfare and Preparation fund. The Fund is envisioned to be independent, transparent, accountable and non – governmental.

Many of TTO Elite and High Performance athletes are not financially well rewarded and would not have an opportunity to reach their potential without financial support. Financial support or the lack of it across the stages of an athlete's long-term development have ended or compromised the dream of many talented young men and women.

The training to compete and to win phases of an athlete's long-term development is particularly critical. As is what happens after their competitive life is over.

The aim of #10golds24 athlete welfare and preparation fund is to provide sustainable financial assistance to our nation’s Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games athletes to enable them to train, recover and compete. The fund aims to assist athletes in the following aspects:

  • Direct support (stipend) and out of pocket expense
  • Medal bonus
  • Health and Accident Insurance
  • Internships with Corporate T&T to prepare for life after elite sport
  • Life skills training
  • Athlete Career Development
  • High Performance Support
  • Case by Case needs and Special Requests

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