Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 13th 2015 Contents Sport can be an essential player in this trans-
formation. Given appropriate measures that will
aid the establishment of a structured policy frame-
work to enable the development of a sport sector,
sport will contribute to the growth and sustain-
ability of the non-energy sector of the econo-
Creativity and thinking out of the box is
required. Giving serious consideration to sport
and a sport sector requires the conventional wis-
dom to think out of the box.
Structural transformation is urgently needed.
We need to radically transform the way people
look at sport.
The paradox is that a sport business sector will
have to generate profit and return on investment
for investors and banks. To successfully develop
a sustainable, vibrant and dynamic sport business
sector will require people who care deeply about
sport, who have a greater sense of purpose other
than just money.
Why? Because the battles are simply too tough
to fight simply for money s sake.
What makes a sports team successful? It
depends on the sport. In general there is the
need for talented, fit and well trained athletes
and a competent coaching staff. One thing for
sure is that every sport requires its athletes to
be physically fit. In the same way establishing a
sport sector will require people who have the
fundamental skills, the basics without which no
business can survive.
Being superbly fit is a basic requirement; it
takes more than fitness to win an Olympic medal.
What separates the great athletes from the
good and even extraordinary athlete? The greats
consistently meet the critical success factors for
their chosen sport. The ability to execute on the
critical success factors is the difference between
great and almost great.
It s the same in business, medicine, law, entre-
preneurship. The winners figure out what are the
critical success factors and execute and deliver
We live in a changing world. Trends are all
around us. These trends provide an abundant
source of opportunities.
What does it take to win?
A Margaret Mead quote points the way. She
said: "never doubt that a small group of thought-
ful, committed citizens can change the world."
All we need is a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens to change the fortunes and
future of T&T.
Brian Lewis is the president of the T&T
Olympic Committee. The views expressed are
not necessarily those of the national Olympic
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The incessant drum beat of doom and gloom
emanating from the minds, mouths and pens
of some of the country s brightest and best
business, political and economic minds may
well be the dose of needed realism that is
But it is indicative of the lack of vision that
has blighted our nation and fuelled a morose,
almost desperate inferiority complex.
The plunging oil dollar is not a new situation.
Those old enough will have experienced at least
one such crisis. History will show we have sur-
vived and come through the rough seas. What
history will also show is that we haven t learned
anything and keep making the same mistakes
again and again.
So every time the oil price takes the not unex-
pected cyclical dip, our default position is hysteria
and desperation masking as realism.
Whatever the economic and social challenges
that may be on the horizon, I am confident that
we will survive. What I would like to see us do
is grab the opportunities to make the funda-
mental changes that we have avoided. The coun-
try s economy is dependent on oil and gas. There
is need to diversify. When would serious and
tangible steps be made to transform the econ-
Wanted: Thoughtful, committed citizens
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