Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 17th 2014 Contents Increasing participation in sports and
physical activity among the population
should not be limited to the able bodied.
Persons with disabilities must be equally
encouraged to participate in sports and
leisure activities so that they can reap
health and fitness benefits.
The UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities is a legally bind-
ing document addressing the rights of
persons with disabilities and sport.
According to Article 30, "State Parties
shall take appropriate measures to encour-
age and promote the participation, to the
fullest extent possible, of persons with
disabilities in mainstream sporting activ-
ities at all levels". The Convention also
calls for Governments to ensure that per-
sons with disabilities have access to sport-
ing venues both as participants as well
as spectators. Furthermore, the Conven-
tion requires that children with disabilities
be included in school physical education
enjoying equal access to "play, recreation
and leisure and sporting activities".
Despite the humane proposition of the
UN Convention, persons with disabilities
face several barriers to participation in
sports and physical activity. Some of these
barriers may be similar or different from
that which affect the general population.
Several research findings ("Getting
involved in sport, Australia 2010; Kassa
2012; Rimmer 2008; UN Enable 2011)
have highlighted three (3) categories
(Intrinsic, environmental and commu-
nication) of barriers that impact negatively
on persons with disabilities participating
in sports and physical activity.
In the category of Intrinsic factors, per-
sons with disabilities may suffer from a
lack of knowledge and social ineffective-
ness. They may have a lack of knowledge
of the various programmes, facilities and
resources that may exists to inform their
decision making. This situation is com-
pounded when all the programmes that
are advised emphasises the abled bodied
Some persons with disabilities may not
have effective social skills and this may
serve as a major deterrent to them access-
ing some of the opportunities that may
The second category of factors is related
to the social environment from which
people with disabilities have to function.
Attitudinal, transport and barriers of
omission may serve as major deterrents.
Persons with disabilities may face a variety
of negative behaviours such as exclusion,
verbal abuse and even violence.
Transport can pose an enormous hin-
drance where persons have higher support
needs and there is a lack of suitable and
affordable accessible transport.
Barriers of omission includes all facil-
ities, programmes, policies and procedures
that fail to include effective practices for
persons with disabilities. For instance,
although the Sport Policy of T&T 2002
alludes to persons with disabilities, it does
not state specifically how such persons
will be included in its overall policy as
required by the UN Convention 30 as it
relates to sport and disabilities.
The third category of barriers that affect
persons with disabilities from enjoying
the full benefits in participating in sports
and physical activity is related to effective
communication. Persons with several dis-
abilities such as hearing and speech
impairments may experience breakdown
in communication with other persons.
Sport England (2012) highlighted several
factors that contributed to the success of
a number of programmes that target
young persons with disabilities. As with
many programmes, the target group was
contacted beforehand and so they had a
say in the programme. As a result of this
consultation transport was understood
as a preventive factor as was incorporated
into the overall implementation plan.
The organisers were able to identify
funding to specialist equipment and or
forming partnership agencies that bodies
that can provide it. And equally important,
ensuring that the coaches and adminis-
trators had experience of working with
persons with disabilities.
It is evident that addressing the issue
of increasing sport and physical activities
among persons with disabilities requires
a comprehensive policy and committed
implementation of the programmes that
come out of the policy.
Several critical stakeholders will be
required to partner in such a venture.
Various ministries such as Sports, Youth
and Gender, the People, Community
Development and Education have to work
with the Special Olympics Committee
and the business community to ensure
that all persons in T&T are treated equally
as it relates to access and participation
in sports, recreation and leisure activities.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, November 17, 2014
KINGSTON---Liam Sebastien, Windwards Volcanoes
captain, has called the move to introduce professional
contracts for regional first-class players a timely one.
The contracts, which came into effect last month,
ahead of this weekend s start of the new West Indies
Cricket Board Professional League, have resulted in 90
regional players having a steady income over a year-long
The 90 players are divided into 15 per regional terri-
"I believe it is a timely and welcome move, and one
that should have been in place for a while," said Sebastien.
"It s been years now that players at the first-class level
has been faced with issues of financial insecurity.
"So to see that at the end of each month we can look
forward to a steady income is a good thing.
"It means that we can focus a lot more on our crick-
et."The contracts are said to be in the region of US$1,200
and US$2,500 per month per player, based on their level
and accomplishments seniority.
The regional four-day tournament is scheduled to be
played next March, while in between will be the regional
50-over equivalent next march.
The Windwards and Jamaica are currently locked in
battle at Sabina Park.
The Petrotrin-sponsored Fyzabad Community Foot-
ball League is heading for an exciting end to its league
competition as defending KO Champions Boca Juniors
face-off against giant killers Gallows United in what
will be a virtual showdown for the 2014 title and the
$10,000 first prize.
Gallows United, who are yet to taste defeat this season
is confident that their current form heading into Sat-
urday s encounter will bring them victory. They are
hoping their leading goal scorers Atiba Waldron-Gibbs
(5), Marlon Lewis and Danakar Jimdah (3) will all be
on target for the Boys from de Hill .
Boca on the other hand are in the top position in the
standings and need only to secure a draw on Saturday
to lift the title. They boast of having in-form strikers
Keston Grant (11 goals) and Kesim Williams (5 goals) on
their starting roster and will be going all out to add
another piece of silverware to their achievements---
earlier this year Boca won their first title for the season
when they defeated New Comers for the Fyzabad Com-
On Thursday, Boca Juniors trounced a hapless ASAP
FC 12-0 in a virtual goal fest to take their tally of goals
this season to 32. Both Keston Grant and Andy Neverson
registered beaver-tricks for Boca while Cebastian Bailey
had a brace and captain Atiba Peters added the final
item for the league leaders. Di-Sean Lopez scored an
unfortunate own goal for ASAP FC, who were without
their regular keeper Tevin Nicholas, forcing Kirstan
Charles into action between the uprights.
The KO competition started yesterday when New
Comers FC battled New City FC at the Petrotrin Fyzabad
Recreation Ground. The KO final and season closing is
scheduled for November 30.
going through sport
Boca drills 12 past
ASAP FC in Fyzabad
Olympic gold medallist David Weire...
LEADING GOAL SCORERS
11 - Keston Grant (Boca Juniors)
5 - Stefan Seepersad (Standard SC); Kesim Williams (Boca
Juniors); Shakeil Henry (New City FC); Atiba Waldron-
Gibbs (Gallows Utd FC)
4 - Andy Neverson (Boca Juniors)
3 - Angel Williams (New City FC), Marlon Lewis (Gallows Utd
FC); Cebastian Bailey (Boca Juniors)
2 -- Danakar Jimdar (Gallows Utd.); Emmanuel Adams, Tristan
Khan, Atiba Peters, (Boca Juniors); Leeson Quashie,
Daniel Garcia (New Comers); Jeremy Primus (New City
FC); Tevin Scott. Kevin Saunders (South Oropouche
United); Di-Sean Lopez - 1 own Goal (ASAP FC)
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