Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 29th 2014 Contents T&T Olympic medallist Ato Boldon has
denied an Australian media report which
alleges he had an affair with one of that
country's former top athletes four years
ago, saying it was nothing but a fabrica-
The US-based Boldon issued a statement
on Facebook yesterday after the internet and
social media sites lit up with commentary
on the story, which was published by North-
ern Territory (NT) News and written by
political reporter Christopher Walsh.
The story alleges that Boldon was invited
to Australia in 2010 by former track star
Nova Peris, when she was working with the
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Studies and was an ambas-
sador for Athletics Australia.
Peris made her name as an Olympic hock-
ey and track star and is now a senator in
the Northern Territory district.
The article claims Boldon was initially
believed to have been invited there to help
Peris stage "Jump Start for London," a ten-
day programme for young athletes, for which
he was paid a fee of at least US$22,000.
It alleges Peris sourced government fund-
ing for the trip but that once Boldon was
in Australia Peris also used the time to pursue
him romantically, although she was married
at the time.
Walsh wrote his story based on a series
of intimate e-mails Peris and Boldon allegedly
exchanged and which he obtained.
The story was run on several local media
stations yesterday and as it created a social
media frenzy and Boldon was inundated
with calls and messages from T&T media
and Facebook and Twitter friends, he took
to Facebook to deny the allegation.
"Nova Peris is a former training partner
of mine and has been a friend for almost
20 years," Boldon wrote in a posting just
before 4 pm.
"My last trip to Australia, almost five years
ago, was for the purpose of holding several
youth clinics and it was a successful under-
taking. The trip was co-organised by one
of my now-deceased colleagues at Athletics
"The article recently written by the North-
ern Territory News includes gross fabrica-
"I will be following the senator's lead,
including, but not limited to, pursuing all
legal action possible for this malicious mis-
representation of the details surrounding
my presence in Australia in 2010."
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Another student of the Mason Hall Secondary
School has gone missing, the second student from
the school in a week.
Relatives of 14-year-old Form Two student Shenel
Forbes say she has been missing since Monday after-
noon. Forbes left her Darrell Spring home at 6.23 am
for school but never arrived there.
Her mother, Denise Tobias, told the T&T Guardian
Shenel has never done anything like this before. She
described her as an outspoken and brave child who
did not take nonsense.
Tobias said she became concerned when Forbes
did not return home at the regular time of 4 pm and
calls to her cellphone went unanswered.
She said checks at the school revealed she never
turned up for classes and a report was made to the
Scarborough police. Tobias, a single parent, said she
has health problems and is unable to cope with her
"I am not a well person. I suffer with my pressure
and since Monday night I have not slept. I can't eat
because my mind is on my child. Honestly speaking,
Shenel has never done anything like this," Tobias
Asked if there was any connection between her
daughter and her missing schoolmate, Shulease De
Gale, Tobias said: "When the other girl went missing
last week I asked Shenel if she knew her and she said
she only knew her by her face but they were not
friends. I just don't know what is going on now."
Up to yesterday, De Gale remained missing.
Teachers and students at Mason Hall Secondary
remained puzzled at the sudden disappearance of
both girls yesterday.
In August 2010, Peaches Sebro, a Form One student
of the same school, went missing. Her skeletal remains
were found months later buried behind a house metres
from her Cinnamon Hill home.
Her remains were found among five other separate
bodies, including 71-year-old Gloria Quashie, who
was her neighbour. But due to the decomposition of
the remains a cause of death could not have been
ascertained and the autopsy was inconclusive.
Christopher James, then 23, was arrested and
charged in connection with the discovery of the other
bodies but the matter is still in the magistrates court.
Anyone with information on Forbes can call 289-
1315, 332-5417 or the Scarborough police at 639-2512,
or for De Gale 341-2595, 631-0606 or the Old Grange
police at 639-8888.
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Boldon knocks Aussie sex scandal article:
MORE ABOUT BOLDON, PERIS
Ato Boldon is one of T&T's most
After a successful youth career, he won
100 metre bronze at the 1995 World
Championships, double bronze (100 and
200 metres) at the 1996 Olympics and 200
metres gold at the 1997 World
He also picked up 100 metre gold at the
1998 Commonwealth Games. When added
to his exploits with T&T's relay teams,
Boldon has a career total of four World
Championship medals and four Olympic
Boldon currently has a successful media
career as a track and field analyst with
ESPN and NBC Sports.
Nova Peris initially made her name as
part of the Aussie women's hockey team
which won gold at the 1996 Olympic
Games, becoming the first Aussie woman
on aboriginal heritage to win a gold medal.
She then switched to the track and at the
1998 Commonwealth Games was a double
gold medallist in the individual 200 metres
and as part of the 4x200 metre relay team.
Peris was elected to the Australian
Senate in the 2013 federal election, after
then Prime Minister Julia Gillard named her
as a "captain's pick," installing her as the
pre-selected Labour candidate over
incumbent Labour senator Trish Crossin.
Nova's my friend
for 28TH OCTOBER, 2014
Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with Nova Peris at Parliament House in
Canberra, after Peris was announced as the preferred senate candidate for the Northern
Territory. Inset: Peris displays her gold medal after winning the women's 200 final at the
1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO COURTESY NEWS CORP
Peris: Clinic a success
In a statement in response to questions
from Walsh, Peris, who turns 43 next
month, said she categorically rejected the
suggestion she was involved in any unto-
ward activity with Boldon.
Sh said: "During his trip Mr Boldon pro-
moted athletics, attended and promoted
specific events and conducted clinics for
young indigenous athletes.
"Other organisations, including the West
Australian government, supported some
events during the visit. I understand Ath-
letics Australia was pleased with the out-
come of the visit.
"The highs and lows of my athletic career,
and now political career, are public. The
highs and lows of my private life are matters
for me and my family."
On questions about the e-mail exchanges,
Peris said: "Documents provided to the NT
News are private. It appears they were not
lawfully obtained by a third party. I cannot
vouch for the veracity of e-mails I have
The article claimed Boldon did not
respond to repeated requests for an inter-
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