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Olympic medallist Lalonde Gordon
now has a trust in his name.
While some athletes get a statue in
honour of their accomplishments and
others have their name assigned to a
plane or stadia, the London 2012
Olympic achiever is to be lauded by
the Tobago House of Assembly (THA)
with the activation of the Lalonde Gor-
Huey Cadette, secretary for Sport,
Education and Youth Affairs confirmed
He explained that while the fund
was created two years ago, it was not
yet launched and neither had it being
operationalised. A board to oversee the
fund had been appointed.
Cadette expressed the hope that the
fund would become operational in fiscal
2015 with an initial contribution of $1
million from the THA.
Gordon successfully medalled at the
London 2012 Olympics in his pet
events---the 400m and the 4x400
relay---where he secured bronze medals
Through the creation of this fund,
the THA hoped to assist athletes and
administrators alike in their personal
The establishment of the fund, how-
ever, was being done in isolation, said
The fund, he said, would form part
of the Assembly s Tobago Sport Policy,
which is still being drafted, and aimed
to set a clear mandate in relation to
structures and procedures through
which elite athletes accessed funding.
"Recognising Lalonde Gordon s effort
and his success at the London 2012
Olympics, the THA would have estab-
lished a fund where money would be
allocated both by the THA and corpo-
rate T&T. This fund, of course would
be managed by representatives of civil
society and of course the Assembly.
The role of this fund would be to seek
applications from persons whether
administrators, athletes, organisations
who requires support for programmes
related to sport, whether it is training
or administrative courses," said Cadette.
He added: "That is essentially what
the fund is created for and we look for-
ward to allowing our athletes to thrive
because of the input coming from both
the Assembly and corporate T&T. We
want to ensure that whether you are
playing tennis, table tennis, golf, bas-
ketball or football that we can find ways
to provide support for our athletes. So
yes, there will be some distinct differ-
ences in our policy and the national
one (by the Ministry of Sport). But
overall, our policy will seek to compli-
ment what happens at the national
THA honours Lalonde
with trust fund
If you look in the thesaurus for
the word sport, you will find words
such as pastime, entertainment,
amusement and diversion.
There are many dedicated people
putting in a lot of time and energy
to deliver the benefits that can come
through sport. But they are becoming
disheartened. Their enthusiasm is
waning in the face of many prob-
lems, fraudulent statements, lies,
speculation and things going wrong.
Negative attacks take on a life of
their own and live on.
Love and passion provide the
impetus for not giving up, but at
some point the reality that love and
passion aren t hard currency that
can buy groceries or pay the bills
hits home. Then the question as to
why am I doing this? How do those
who have to deal with the demor-
alising frustrations keep some sem-
blance of sanity, faith and trust?
Sport is embraced by almost
everyone, including politicians and
business leaders. The adulation when
our elite level athletes and national
teams do well can be described as
Dr Roy Mc Cree in a paper entitled
The Exclusion of Sport from
Caribbean Economic Development,
made the point that historically sport
has been excluded from official and
dominant notions of economic
development in the Caribbean and
that the factors for that exclusion
represent the colonial derived,
received or orthodox view of sport.
If you said sport in T&T is facing
an uncertain future you would not
be taken seriously. However, it is a
reality that sport is struggling. For
the majority of sport organisations
and governing bodies the last year
has been the most difficult period
financially for quite a while and it s
not going to get better.
National sport organisations and
governing bodies must plan for all
outcomes including the best case
scenario and the worst case. What s
even more important is being able
to make rational and objective deci-
sions that are in the best interest of
When sport is running on financial
fumes it tends to bring out the worse
in everyone. As national sport organ-
isations and national governing bod-
ies battle on a daily basis to sus-
tainably develop sport, they have to
keep looking in the mirror before
looking out of the window.
Significant achievements have
never been obtained by taking small
risks on unimportant issues.
National sport organisations and
national governing bodies, including
the TTOC, can no longer avoid
championing and advocating for
sport from a capital accumulation
and economic development perspec-
We spend too much time, effort
and attention on stuff that isn t ben-
eficial or sustainable. It s time to
shift the focus from solving problems
to recognising opportunities.
From a strategic and policy per-
spective it s about being proactive,
staying abreast of what s happening
and using the opportunity to shape
and create a sustainable future for
It s not just spin.
Many sport stakeholders are
pulling their punches or hesitating
to express their views. They have
become tentative and overly focused
on being politically correct- avoiding
confronting sensitive issues or mak-
We have to stop tiptoeing around
How do we grow exponential the
economic footprint of sport?
Who is willing to bet on sport as
an economic game changer? How
do we rectify the valid concerns and
obviate the failure to embrace the
economic development and trans-
formation of sport in T&T.
Why are we missing the boat or
is there something more sinister at
It s time to tear down the wall of
opposition and resistance to the eco-
nomic development and transfor-
mation of sport in T&T.
The path to sustainable sport suc-
cess, growth and development starts
with a critical look in the mirror.
Brian Lewis is president of the T&T
Olympic Committee. The views ex-
pressed are not necessarily those
of the Olympic Committee.
THINGS THAT MATTER
Tearing down walls of sporting opposition
Lalonde Gordon....fund named in his
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