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The decision to walk the 26.2 dis-
tance in the T&T International
Marathon had a twofold motive---to
raise awareness and funding for the 10
Olympic medals or more by the year
2024 #10golds24 athlete welfare and
Many have asked what I was thinking
about when I decided to do the
marathon. My main thought was the
athletes and what could I do to raise
awareness and support for the concept
of a fund dedicated to athletes.
In the lead up to the marathon and
since successfully completing the
marathon the expressions of support
have far exceeded the negatives.
Now the hard work will be to get the
funding to match the expressions of
Raising awareness is not sufficient or
good enough. This is not a one-and-
There will be many trials and tribu-
lations, but what will prove essential is
the spirit of resilience and perseverance.
I believe in the very core of my being
that the talent we have here is enormous
and that the reality is that many of our
young athletes have greatness and the
potential to be great inside of them.
What they need is the support and
people around them who can nurture
I believe that our athletes are capable.
I believe that this country can produce
more Olympic champions.
Not everyone has to believe that it is
possible. We just need a small band of
determined and dedicated enablers who
have the conviction that our young peo-
ple deserve a chance.
During my walk, at one of the lowest
points when I was hurting mentally,
physically and emotionally, a little girl
about eight or nine years old standing
on the pavement near a water stop gave
me a donation of $85 dollars. I recall
looking at the little girl and at her dona-
tion and saying to Sgt Roger Daniel: "I
have to finish." That little girl represented
why I was doing the walk. She reminded
me that the children, youth and young
people as represented by the nation's
athletes wanted to aspire for something
It is a moment and an interaction I
will never forget because it served to
shake me out of a moment of self-doubt.
#10GOLDS24 is an affirmation that
we can aspire and achieve big goals. It's
a dare and a challenge. Do we have what
it takes? Do we believe that we can
achieve Olympic greatness?
That so many people have expressed
their support is a clear indication that
many of us have the self-belief that we
deserve better than we are currently
All that has happened over the years
is that we were brainwashed into think-
ing that we didn't have what was
required and therefore must be grateful
for small mercies.
I enjoyed the walk. It was tough, but
I enjoyed it.
The teamwork, the support, the cama-
On two occasions I had to receive
treatment for severe cramp but at no
time did those walking with me suggest
that I would have to quit.
Quitting just wasn't on the cards.
So where do we go from here? How
do we build on the momentum of the
successful completion of the marathon
Time will tell. But rest assured there
is no turning back.
#10GOLDS24 Athlete welfare and
preparation is underway.
Donations are required on an ongoing
basis and can be made at any Scotia
Bank. The TTOC's account number is
171188 or by cheque made payable to
TTOC and mailed to or dropped off at
Olympic House 121 Abrecromby Street,
National women s crick-
eter Reniece Boyce was
named the most outstanding
cricketer for 2014 when the
San Rafael Ladies Cricket
Team held their prize-giving
and awards function last
weekend at the San Rafael
Community Centre in San
Boyce, who won several
awards at the function and
was recently selected to the
national senior team, was
presented with her trophy by
the president of the Todd's
Road United Foundation,
Cuffie congratulated the
team and former national and
West Indies cricketer Brenda
Solozano for their great work
in keeping women's cricket
alive in San Rafael.
Champ Christian Marsden will
defend his title when the Kia Gasparee
Open water swim will take place on
Saturday from 10 am.
Sixteen-year old Marsden will be
chasing a hat-trick, after winning the
event in 2013 and 2014.
The event will start from the South
Eastern side of the island and partici-
pants will swim in a clockwise direction,
finishing the 5,600 metre race on the
beach of Gaspar Grande, on the Eastern
side of the island.
This year's prizes will be for the top
ten males and females (open), as well
as first place for all masters swimmers
25 years plus. In the two new categories,
prizes will be awarded to swimmers with
aids first to third places, and the relay
first to third places. A special incentive
will be given to the first swimmer to
break Ryan Mendes' record of one hour
18 mins, which was achieved in 2010.
Swimmers may still obtain entry forms
from all clubs in ASATT or from mem-
bers of the Trinity Masters swim club.
Deadline for entry is tomorrow.
THINGS THAT MATTER
Paving way for gold
Marsden to defend Kia title on Saturday
Boyce tops San Rafael
Brian Lewis is the president of
the T&T Olympic Committee. The
views expressed are not necessarily
those of the Olympic Committee.
San Rafael and national women's cricketer Reniece Boyce, left,
collects the trophy for the most outstanding player from
Maxie Cuffie, president of the Todd's Road United Foundation.
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