Trinidad and Toba­go swimmer Dylan Carter ended his Arena Pro Series campaign in Minneapolis, Minne­s­o­ta, USA, with a fourth-place finish in the Men’s 100m freestyle C Final on Saturday night.
The 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic silver and bronze medallist sprinted a 51.32 second timing for the two-lap event to finish fourth behind Club Wolverine’s Bruno Ortiz (50.56), UBC Dolphins’ Stef Milosevic (50.82) and Swim Atlanta’s Karl Krug (50.98). Indie Swimming’s Michael Andrew (51.41), Giovanni Lima (51.56) North baltimore Aquatics Club’s Tom Kremer (51.65) and Danny Tucker (52.01). USA Olympic gold medallist Nathan Adrian won the A Final in 48.49.
Earlier, on Saturday, in the Men’s 100m free preliminaries, Carter posted the 21st fastest time (51.24) to earn a spot in the C final, which was toCondorelli had the fastest qualifying time with a 48.94 second clocking.
On Friday night, T&T’s top swimmer George Bovell splashed to a 22.44 seconds effort for the one-lap sprint, finishing fourth behind USA Olympic gold medallist Nathan Adrian, who pos­ted a fast 21.56 seconds. Canadian Santo Condo­relli placed second in 22.24, with USA’s Brad Tandy third in 22.27.
On that night, Carter also placed eighth and last in the Men’s 100m backstroke B final when he registered a 56.97 second effort. Missouri State’s Paul Le won that race in 55.78, ahead of US superstar Michael Phelps (56.12), with University of Minnesota’s Daryl Turner (56.13) third.
Phelps’ North Balti­more Aquatics Club team­mate David Nolan was fourth in 56.19, followed by Bryce Bohman with 56.48. James Wells (56.64) and Yuri Kisil in 56.64, in that order.
The meet ended Saturday night and the T&T swimmers will now return to their bases to resume their preparation for the 2016 Rio


The funeral service for former national netball legend Janet Bailey will be held tomorrow at Day Break Assembly, Coconut Drive, Morvant, from 10 am. Bailey died at her daughter’s residence in the United States last Friday night. She was 80 years old.

Bailey, who was inducted into the Netball Hall of Fame, was a member of the national netball team at the first-ever World Netball Championship in Eastbourne, England, in 1963. She went on to represent her country in two more world tournaments 1971 and 1975.

Among her team-mates on that first world series were Marjorie John, Judy Francis, Enid Browne, Phyllis Pierre-Walker and the late Jean Pierre. The powerfully-built Bailey was a stalwart goal-keeper, and many goalshoots and goal-attacks feared that big left hand.

After one game between a men’s team and the nationals in a practice match at the Eddie Taylor Court, later the Lystra Lewis Court, Princes Building grounds, legendary West Indies fast bowler Wes Hall, who was in the men’s team said “she beat me more than my mother.” Bailey and a cadre of top netballers, Pierre-Walker, the late Pearl Francis and John entered the Police service and made that netball team champions.

Always flashing a broad smile, “Jay” as she was popularly called by her peers was the mother of three girls—Jacinta, Jeanne and Jessel. Only Jeanne followed her footsteps into the top flight of netball, becoming one of the country’s elite goal-shoots.

After her playing days, Bailey entered into administration and became president of the Port -of-Spain Netball League for two consecutive terms. The T&T Netball Association extended a heartfelt condolences to the family.


World Youth Olympic silver and bronze medal swimmer Dylan Carter continued his 2016 Rio Olympic Games preparations with an impressive swim in the men’s 200 metres freestyle at the Arena Pro Swim Series, yesterday, even faster than record Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps.

Competing at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Centre, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, the 19-year-old Carter, a University of Southern California All-American—who is sitting out of the coming NCAA season in order to prepare for next year’s Games—touched the wall in one minute, 50.84 seconds, an Olympic Qualifying standard time.

The time by Carter, who was the only T&T swimmer to make a semifinal at the 16th FINA World Championship in Kazan, Russia, in July/August where he placed 15th in the 50metres butterfly was the ninth best overall, and ahead of Olympic all-time leading medallist (22 medals), Phelps, who touched the wall in 1:51.34 in his heat.

Carter, who lined up in the B-Final last night was followed home in his heat by Chase Kalisz (1:52.12), Marcelo Acosta (1:52.36), Michael Flach (1:52.88), Alex Cohen (1:53.64), Nicholas Sweetser (1:53.84), Walker Higgins (1:54.43) and Ryan Feeley (1:54.95).

The top eight qualifiers for the A-Final were Cono Dwyer (1:48.95 mins), Joao De Lucca (1:49.68), Ryan Lochte (1:49.69), Trevor Carroll (1:49.70), Michael Weiss (1:49.78), Ma Lindenbauer (1:49.97), Bobby Hurley (1:50.02) and Giovanny Lima (1:50.81), all of whom attained  Olympic Trials qualification standard time.

Also, a silver medal winner in the men’s 50m butterfly at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championship, Carter will be back in action in the men’s 100m backstroke from noon today (Friday), while tomorrow he competes in the 100m freestyle heats at 1.15 pm.

T&T Olympic bronze medal winner George Bovell III, in his first meet since the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, in July where he captured bronze in the men’s 50m freestyle final, also failed to get to the A-finals of the men’s 100m breaststroke.

This after the 32-year-old, also a two-time World Championship bronze medallist and five-time NCAA champion ended seventh in heat four in 1:05. 56 minutes for  39th overall. The six-time  Pan American Games medal winner and four-time Olympian returns to the pool with the hope of much better fortunes in his pet event, the 50m freestyle from 11.43 am today.


T&T’s Soca Warriors  will be looking to capture maximum three points in their opening match of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualification when they face off with hosts Guatemala at the Estadio Mateo Flores from 7.06 pm (9.06 pm T&T time) tonight.

The match will be one of several throughout CONCACAF as semi-final round action gets on the way with fellow group rivals United States hosting St Vincent/Grenadines in St Louis in the other match of interest for the “Soca Warriors”.

The T&T team arrived in Guatemala City just around 3 pm local time on Wednesday and were greeted by a barrage of Guatemala media outside the La Aurora international airport.

Stephen Hart conducted a light session at around 6 pm at a nearby artificial surface pitch which was the only one made available to the visitors with lights. And the temperature dropped to 20 degrees Celsius  the evening progressed.

Hart, however, did manage to oversee a more impactful session yesterday morning on a natural grass surface before putting his team through a short session at the match venue  in the evening period. “We landed here and it’s been a bit of a hike to get to the training facilities but they were decent. The main thing now is to keep our minds focused on the game and not let little things affect us,” Hart said.

Hart said he held an  important discussion with the players and told them that everything they did at the Gold Cup and in the past was no longer relevant.  “This is a brand new Guatemala, this is a brand new scenario and I just put them in that frame of mind,” Hart added.

Skipper Kenwyne Jones has been a big talking point in the Guatemalan press, with several queries from them about whether he is fit to play. The Cardiff City forward said he’s feeling fine and ready to lead his team. “Things are running smoothly. We are trying to iron out the final bits before we go into the game. We had two great sessions and just trying to get a feel for over here, “ Jones said.

“This is a totally different competition. It’s not going to be easy for us here in Guatemala. We know what to expect when we come to these Central American countries and they are going to have that twelfth man surely rooting for them. And they are going to come hard at us seeing that we beat them in the Gold Cup.  

“It’s a bit more technical and tactical for us especially when we come away from home. We are going to try to do the things we plan to and try to come away with the three points.

“I feel great at the moment. The players are all training very hard and keeping each other on their toes,” Jones added.

Defender Radanfah Abu Bakr is also keen ahead of the encounter. “I’m looking forward to it and the camp is quite positive and we are confident we can do well in this hostile environment. It’s World Cup qualifiers and it’s a different animal this time around,” said the former Caledonia AIA defender.

The Guatemalans are smelling blood and will be gunning for Jones and his men after being blown away in the first half in July at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“We have more knowledge of T&T now, they've grown a lot since the Gold Cup, but we also have our own growth, we will now look at who is better able to face them. I know more or less how they attack, we have also seen them at least in the last five games. We have to win, play well or badly, but we have to try to win, not here but everywhere, to go to the World Cup you have to beat everyone,” said their head coach Ivan Sopegno. The hosts will look to veteran Carlos Ruiz and Marco Papa to lead their attack on the night.

T&T have not won a World Cup qualifier in Guatemala since 1989 when the Strike Squad defeated the homeside 1-0 on a Kerry Jamerson winner. Hart will have all 22 players at his disposal today with 11 reserves allowed to sit on the bench.

 Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC –T&T ), Marvin Phillip (Morvant Caledonia United- T&T);Daneil Cyrus (Chicago Fire—USA), Justin Hoyte (Dagenham & Redbridge—England), Carlyle Mitchell (Seoul E-Land—South Korea), Sheldon Bateau (FC Krylia Samara—Russia), Radanfah Abu Bakr (HB Koge—Denmark), Yohance Marshall (Murcielagos FC—Mexico), Mekeil Williams (Antigua GFC—Guatemala), Aubrey David (Shakhter Karagandy—Kazakhstan), Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge—England), Khaleem Hyland (KV Westerlo—Belgium), Kevan George (Columbus Crew—USA), Neveal Hackshaw (North East Stars), Trevin Caesar (Austin Aztex—USA), Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes—USA), Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire—USA), Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava—Slovakia), Keron Cummings (North East Stars – T&T);
Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City—Wales), Willis Plaza (Central FC – T&T), Jonathan Glenn (Breioablik—Iceland).


FORMER NATIONAL captains Daren Ganga, Rangy Nanan (cricket), Clayton Morris and Angus Eve (football) are among a group of 11 sporting personalities who will be inducted in the First Citizens Sports Foundation Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will take place on November 20, from 6.30 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Portof- Spain.

In a media conference yesterday, at the First Citizens Corporate Box, Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair, veteran journalist and Sports Foundation member Dave Lamy announced that the quartet will be joined by Stern John (football), Bryan Davis, Stephanie Power, Louise Browne (cricket), Brian Harding (horse racing), Bridget Adams (netball) and Douglas Barzey (administrator).

Another Hall of Fame inductee, quadruple Olympic medallist Ato Boldon, will be the guest speaker at the event, while President Anthony Carmona and Sports Minister Darryl Smith are expected to attend.

Eve, a former midfielder/striker, has 117 international appearances for Trinidad and Tobago, the most by a national footballer, from 1994-2005.

Harding, according to Lamy, is “the first Trinidad jockey to ride 1,000 winners. He won the (national) championship seven times, he won the championship in Jamaica twice, he won the championship in Panama. He’s now training as a young trainer and we’ll hear more about him in that area.” Adams, from Mayaro, “has done yeoman service and (has been) outstanding in netball” while Davis “played not only for Queen’s Park and Trinidad but Glamorgan (in England). He’s also a very good administrator and a coach, and one who has made a lot of national heroes like (Sunil) Narine and (Kieron) Pollard. He should have been in the Hall of Fame long ago.” Morris was the captain of the Strike Squad team who narrowly missed out on qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. The ex-central defender now works as technical director of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT ) team. “This (awards) is going to be on November 20, the night after November 19, (but) that was not planned,” added Lamy. “We cannot forget what Clayton had to offer and he still has a lot to offer.” Another UTT sporting official is Ganga, who led TT to distinction, both in the Four Day and T20 level, during the 2000s. He also captained West Indies in three Test matches in England in 2007, and now also serves as a cricket commentator.

Browne, sister of the legendary Ann Browne-John, was “one of the pioneers of women’s cricket.

She lives abroad but she was a captain of the West Indies team as well and took women’s cricket out of the doldrums.” Barzey, according to Lamy, was a livewire of the Southern Games and an administrator in the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

Nanan was an ace off-spinner for Preysal, where he still resides, as well as Trinidad and Tobago who has captured 366 First Class wickets from 1973-1991.

Power “was outstanding and certainly made her presence felt,” while John, who was a key member of the Soca Warriors team who qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, netted 70 goals in 115 internationals from 1995-2012, the seventh highest international goalscorer in the game’s history.

Eve, when contacted yesterday, stated, “I’m really humbled by the nomination (of) the induction. I really didn’t expect it. It came out of the blue. “I know normally in our country we honour people when they’ve already died. So this is a great honour for me and for my family, and for all the people who have supported me all these years, and really stood by me through thick and thin. I really thank God for all that he has done in my life so far.” Eve is currently the coach of Naparima College in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) and St Ann’s Rangers in the TT Pro League, as well as a part-time football analyst.

Asked if his achievement will fuel his desire to succeed in his roles as coach and analyst, Eve replied, “of course. I’ve been honoured as a player at this occasion and hopefully, down the road, they might see my work in broadcasting and in the coaching sphere, because I want to continue to be the best that I can be.” And Davis was in a modest mood when asked to comment on his achievement.

“I am honoured to be even considered that highly to be in the Hall of Fame,” he said. “I never even considered that because in my whole life, which I gave to cricket, it was for the love of the game, and for no other reason.” He added, “so, to be recognised for the love I gave to cricket, I feel very proud.”


“If I can inspire one person to change their life forever I can die happy.”

This was just one of the inspirational messages that shot put champion Valerie Adams told young track and field athletes at a Talk Shop at the VIP Lounge, Hasely Crawford Stadium, on Wednesday.

Adams, who is from New Zealand, is currently in T&T training with her friend Cleopatra Borel. Adams and Borel have been friends since the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Adams took the time to pass on some advice and told the young athletes and coaches how she got involved in track and field. Also in attendance at the Talk Shop were T&T Olympians Jehue Gordon and Andrew Lewis.

Adams said that she turned a sad time in her life to something positive following the death of her mother due to cancer in 2000. “In 2000 I was 15, and my mom was quite ill. I was watching the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and I was saying that one day I want to be there. It would be amazing if one day I could walk with the flag at the Olympics.” Adams said from that point it was her dream to compete at the Olympic Games. Shortly after Adams’ mother passed away and she used track and field as a way of dealing with her emotions.

“I took track and field as a way to get rid of my sadness and anger. In the back of my mind I said I just wanted to make her proud.”

Adams spoke about another experience when her stepfather told her to leave the house, but she never gave up on her dream and kept fighting. “Those were situations that could have made me or break me.”

The shot put champion told the athletes to hold on to one person who can inspire them but informed them that you must work hard to be successful.

Adams, who is the two-time defending Olympic champion, qualified for her first Olympics at the 2004 Athens Games. “Getting to my first Olympics that was everything, this is what we dream for. This is the pinnacle of our sport. That is the highest you can go.”

The shot put athlete said you must remain focused at the Olympics, because an athlete can get distracted at such a grand event.

Adams also spoke about the subject of drugs, diet and nutrition and mental preparation as important tools which can break or make an athlete.