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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Roger Gibbon, right, congratulates
Managing Director of Phillips
Promotions Co Ltd., Michael Phillips
during a media launch of the Michael
Phillips Republic Day Cycling Classic
at Flair Restaurant on Ariapita
Avenue, Woodbrook yesterday.
Looking on is Daniel Cleffi, left,
Director of Specialized (Sports and
Recreation Company in Uruguay),
and Larry Romany, former T&T
Olympic Committee president.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Top local and international cyclists will feature in
18 races at the Michael Phillips Republic Day Cycling
Classic tomorrow around the Nelson Mandela Park
(formerly King George V Park), Port-of-Spain, from
Heading the local contingent are endurance riders
Varun Maharajh and Jovian Gomez. The pair recently
returned from the Elite Pan American Track Cycling
Championships in Mexico and will be among the
favourites. On Sunday Maharajh won the elite open/invi-
tational category of the Keep Fit Criterium on the Diego
Martin Highway. Gomez will be hoping for a medal
this time around after finishing fourth on Sunday.
A pair of T&T siblings are also expected to line up
tomorrow. Adam and Joshua Alexander will face the
starter, while Jude and Marc Codrington will aim to
get on the podium.
The main event will close the day s proceedings at
4.35 pm with a 30-lap event. The first prize in the
main event is $1600 and a trophy, while the second
and third place finishers will walk away with $800 and
$450 respectively. Prior to the main event, riders will
battle in categories such as the ladies senior, ladies
junior, tinymites, juveniles and Veterans 60 and over.
There will also be races in memory of the late Roger
Smart and Clinton Grant, who both served T&T cycling
for many years.
At a media conference yesterday at Flair restaurant,
Ariapita Avenue, Port-of-Spain, former national cyclist
Michael Phillips and event coordinator, reflected on his
journey over the years as a cycling promoter. Phillips
started his company Phillip Promotions in his grand-
mother s home and is now one of the leading promoters
of cycling in the country. "When I decided to take this
up (promoting cycling), people told me I was wasting
my time, I said it was a challenge I wanted to take."
Phillips also owns a bike store called Mike s Bikes, oppo-
site Flair Restaurant.
Former national cyclist Roger Gibbon and former
president of the T&T Olympic Committee Larry Romany
lauded Phillips for his efforts in promoting cycling for
the past 18 years. Gibbon said: "Competition is critical
to the development of the athlete. Sport needs someone
like Michael Phillips." Gibbon told Phillips there would
be obstacles along the way but not to give up on pro-
moting the sport.
Top riders expected at Republic Day Cycling Classic
Renales wins four titles
at Solo Badminton
National junior player Jada Renales won four
titles when the T&T Badminton Association
hosted its annual Junior Solo Badminton Open
Championships at the Central Regional Indoor
Sports Arena on Saturday and Sunday.
Renales, who recently represented T&T at the
Pan American Sports Festival in Mexico, won the
girls Under-16 singles, mixed doubles U-16, mixed
doubles U-18 and the girls doubles U-16 title.
The Shuttle Force player defeated Brittney
Mohammed in the final of the girls U-16 singles.
After cruising to a 21-11 win in the first set,
Renales was forced to dig deep in the second set
but prevailed 22-20.
Renales paired up with Renaldo Sinanan, Will
Lee and Ralista Wong respectively to win the
mixed doubles U-16, mixed doubles U-18 and
the girls doubles U-16 titles.
Lee (Shuttle Force) and Ananda Ramsingh
(Central Badminton Academy and Club-CBAC)
showed top form on the day capturing three titles
each. Lee, who was also part of the Pan American
Sports Festival T&T team, won the boys doubles
U-18 with Adrian Nicholson, the boys singles U-
18 and the mixed doubles U-18 with Renales.
Ramsingh took home the girls singles U-14
title, the girls doubles U-14 with Sandhya Cassie
and joined forces with Leon Cassie to win the
mixed doubles U-14 crown.
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