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Four T&T kayaking athletes heading to the Central
American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Mexico from
November 14-30, including Satyam Maharaj, took the
top four spots in the 14km long course at the annual
Maritime Ortoire River Race in Mayaro, last Saturday.
Maharaj was the winner in a time of one hour, 25
minutes and 27 seconds. Matthew Robinson finished
ten seconds behind Maharaj to grab silver. Less than a
minute later, the first female Keian Huggins came in
third, while Sherlon Pierre was fourth.
The winner in the 7 km short course was Jhavon
Roberts from Salybia. This was Roberts first appearance
in the Ortoire River Race and his time was 52:43. Second
place went to Nicholas Robinson (younger brother of
Matthew), while third place went to Ravi Bissookram.
In the single sit-on-top category the three top places
went to Kasey Gordon, Joshua Benjamin and Hakeen
Letren. Benjamin and Letren are both members of the
sixth Trinidad Sea Scouts.
In the double kayak category, Kevan Lee Lum and
Justin Audroing finished first in 55:02. Second place
went to two members of the third Trinidad Sea Scouts
from San Fernando, Makesi Williams and Kwasi Clouden.
In third place were John Ahloy and Lincoln Dover from
the sixth Trinidad Sea Scouts.
This was the fifth consecutive year that the event was
hosted by the Trinidad Kayak Club (TKC), sponsored
by The Maritime Financial Group and sanctioned by the
T&T Canoe/Kayak Federation (TTCKF). The race is held
in Mayaro as a means of bringing kayaking to the area.
Mayaro is one of three communities earmarked for the
schools programme, with the other two communities
being Blanchisseuse and Carenage.
Other sponsors of the event included Superl Travel
Service Ltd, Phoenix Park Gas Processors and the Tourism
Development Company. Members of the Ortoire Village
Council, lifeguards and volunteers from the sixth Trinidad
Sea Scouts also made the event possible.
T&T s Under-17 men s team were
saved by a Guadeloupe win over Mar-
tinique in a separate group at the CFU
qualifying tournament, on Friday
night, which meant the this country
secured the last available spot at the
Concacaf U-17 Championship.
Having finished third in Group A
behind Haiti and St Lucia, both of
which T&T lost against, the young
"Warriors" needed either Guadeloupe
of Martinique to either draw or win
their match by a low scoreline in order
to qualify as the "best third place team".
Guadeloupe defeated Martinique 1-
0, but it was not enough for the win-
ning team, which closed on an inferior
goal difference to T&T.
Coach Shawn Cooper s T&T team
finished group play with three points
and a goal difference of negative two,
while Guadeloupe finished on three
points but with a goal difference of
The top two teams from each group
qualified for the Concacaf Champi-
onship directly. The Concacaf Cham-
pionship, which is the final round of
qualifiers for the Fifa Under-17 World
Cup, will run from February 27 to
March 14, next year.
The 2015 Fifa U-17 World Cup will
take place from October 17 to November
8, in Chile.
The winners of each group advanced
to today s CFU final, while the run-
ners-up moved into the third-place
playoff (also today). Despite qualifying
for the Concacaf event, T&T will play
no further part at the CFU tourna-
Speaking following Thursday s 3-0
loss to host team, Haiti, Cooper
expressed relief of his team s qualifi-
cation to the main stage, but was unim-
pressed with the manner in which it
"I think the most important thing
is that we are alive in the campaign
still and we ve got some work to do to
get this team up to a level to be able
to compete at the Concacaf finals, next
year," he said.
"We are not happy with having to
sneak in through the back door in this
manner but being in it still is something
which we are grateful for and it gives
us an opportunity to come better for
the next phase."
Cooper conceded that he was aware
that the team was overwhelmed during
the third match against the home
favourite, which he said resulted in his
decision to play a more conservatively
in the closing moments.
"The early goals at the start of the
second half killed the team spirit and
threw us off," he said.
"I took a decision to play deep to
ensure we didn t concede more goals
because Haiti were fully in charge of
the game at that stage of the match.
Our boys were overwhelmed by a
packed stadium with the hostile home
fans who definitely had an impact as
the twelfth man."
"It s good experience for our boys
who haven t played in an atmosphere
like this before but of course it worked
in the home team s favour."
He closed by saying, "Now we will
regroup. We have a few more players
from the US and back home to get
involved in the preparations and we ll
work towards fixing the areas that need
addressing. We conceded several soft
goals in this tournament and this is a
concern which we will address."
Twelve teams will contest the Con-
cacaf event in February. Nine teams
have already qualified. Among them
are, T&T, Jamaica, Haiti, St Lucia, Cuba,
USA, Canada, Mexico and Honduras.
A new format has been introduced
to the final round of qualifying. The 12
teams will be divided into two groups
of six, with each team playing a round
robin within its group.
The top team from each group will
qualify directly to the Fifa U-17 World
Cup and a place in the Championship
The second and third-placed teams
from each group will be re-seeded into
a four-team table based on points tallies
from group play.
The top team from four-team table
will play the fourth-ranked team while
the second and third-ranked teams will
play each other. The winners of the
two matches will also qualify for the
T&T U-17s qualify for
Concacaf finals as
best third place team
Head coach Shawn Cooper, standing left, with T&T's Under-17 men's team. The
team squeezed into the Concacaf U-17 Championship after finishing as the "best
third placed" team in the group stage of the CFU qualifying tournament, in Haiti.
Kayakers show form ahead of CAC Games
American George Towett will
gear up to defend his title for
the fourth time today but will
face a still test from 20 other
seeded runners at the UWI Spec
which runs off at the University,
from 5.30 am.
Towett won the event for the
first time in 2007, before going
on an unassailable run of three
straight wins from 2011 to 2013.
Over 1100 athletes, both local
and international will compete
for over $135,000 in prizes, at
this 11th annual event, with spe-
cial awards being given in cat-
egories for UWI students and
staff, other University students
and for physically challenged
UWI Half-Marathon runs off this morning
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