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My name is Wayne Williams and I
am a football goalkeeper coach.
I was born in St James. Boy days
in Ross Land, Upper Bournes Road,
was all outdoors, climbing trees and
what s not. But I couldn t climb. I
would let everybody else go up and
throw mango, plum, everything for me.
I saved going high for when I was on
the field. And I got lot of practice catch-
I went to St Agnes Primary Angli-
can School---but that doesn t make me
an Anglican. My mother went to a
church called Unity of Trinidad & Toba-
go out of Abercromby Street, the church
that brought out the Daily Word.
Even in Trinidad, I grew up in a
household that had Bajans in it: both
parents were born in Barbados, my
father in 1927, my mother in 48. A
year after my father passed away, my
mother moved us to Barbados. That
was home, for her.
One day, in September, just after I
sat my CXCs, I was getting ready to
go to school and, the next, I was on
a plane to Barbados. I cried buckets
of tears. I didn t understand why, didn t
get any pre-warning, anything like that.
I d gone to a church conference in Mis-
souri and, in those two weeks, my
mother had everything packed.
Going to St James Secondary, I
didn t have the opportunity to play
InterCol. My school wasn t in the sec-
ondary school football league but I
was about to transfer to QRC, it was
all organised. And then, next thing,
literally overnight, I m in Barbados!
Growing up, I was pretty sheltered,
compared with some of the other
boys. I only had one experience with
guns, and this was with a close friend,
a fella I was actually playing football
with: he was playing Russian roulette.
It was his turn to pull and he pulled.
He was about 14 at the time. The whole
football team attended his funeral in
I ll sing a whole Beres Hammond
CD and press "replay" and sing it
again. Is true. I go to a Beres Hammond
concert and sing more songs than him.
I named my nine-month-old
daughter Milan. When I think of
the passion of AC Milan, I
couldn t think of anything more
fitting to name my first baby. Like
how Brian Lara named his daugh-
ter Sydney. It could have been
worse: I could have liked Totten-
ham and have to call her Spurs.
So Milan is fine. Liesa, Milan s
mother, is Barbadian by birth and
doesn t want to live in Trinidad.
All the boys liming with me
know me as "Trini". As a nick-
name, not just a nationality.
I haven t been to Trinidad for
six years. But my thing on that is
that I have vivid memories of it.
There are differences between
Trinidad and Barbados. Barbados
is a bit slower, not just the
nightlife, the culture itself. I think
my work ethic is Trini. People are
a lot more easygoing in Barbados---
they re a lot slower to do things,
sometimes. Working with some
people is a bit frustrating.
I studied at Barbados Commu-
nity College and went on to UWI.
My day job is as a primary school
physical education teacher.
At primary school level, you re
not actually specified as a par-
ticular type of teacher but I was
lucky enough to have a Trini
mouth and could talk my way
into getting physical education.
If I didn t have that Trini mouth,
I d still be in the classroom, frus-
I have the ideal job for my sit-
uation and my passion. You could
always do with a little bit more
money but, having a degree, the
money isn t bad. I was able to get
my mortgage and sort out myself
and life is comfortable and good.
I started coaching out of play-
ing Premier League football in
Barbados, won the title, got Best
Goalkeeper in 2008. And then I
got a serious injury requiring sur-
gery and had to call it a day.
The best thing about training
goalkeepers is being able to help
people in such a specialised,
important and overlooked area
of football. Not a lot of people,
not just in Barbados or Trinidad,
but the world, can say they can
do that. The bad part is you re
more seen as a secondary aspect
in the team generally.
A Trini is a hardworking indi-
vidual who knows when it s time
to work and time to have fun.
And, when he having fun, he
REALLY having fun.
Trinidad is home. It s a home
I haven t been to for a while but
that s part of life.
Read a longer version of this
feature at www.BCRaw.com.
He's got the whole goal...
TRINI TO D BONE
As Told to BC Pires
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