Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 24th 2015 Contents Just about one month ago I embarked
upon and successfully completed the 26.2
mile journey that constituted the Trinidad
and Tobago International Marathon from
Freeport to Port of Spain.
The marathon walk had no other motive
than to raise awareness, attention and fund-
ing for the 10 or more Olympic Gold medals
by the year 2024 athlete welfare and prepa-
I accept that there are individuals inside
and outside sport who don t share the view
that the concern I am trying to highlight
has merit or substance. For reasons best
known to themselves they refuse to
acknowledge, admit or accept that there is
need to provide more meaningful financial
support to the young talented and dedicated
sons and daughters of our soil.
The marathon walk enjoyed its moment
in the sun but like everything else the major
risk is that the objectives and goals will be
subsumed by the nine day wonder syn-
It s a syndrome that saps the spirit as
well-intentioned efforts become an exercise
in futility---quickly sinking into an ocean of
insincerity and hypocrisy ending up on the
sea bed of frustration, meaninglessness and
If I have to walk a marathon every single
day I will however remain dedicated to the
cause of our talented sons and daughters
who aspire to become Olympic champions.
This is a time for choosing if we want to
be a part of creating a great society.
As we go about our daily lives there is a
need for us to give a full day s work for a
day s pay.
It applies not only to those earning a
salary in the private and public sector. It
doesn t matter if you are a volunteer sport
administrator, an athlete or a coach. Its
more than just a monetary value --- it s about
the effort you give and the purpose with
which you live your life.
When we give a full day s work for a day s
pay we remain eternally vigilant and pay
forward to the next generation and the gen-
eration to come. We see ourselves as cus-
todians and stewards of the totality of the
space called La Trinity---Trinidad and Toba-
go.When we give a full day s work for a full
day s work for a day s pay we honour the
notion of national pride and civic duty that
builds a nation.
Great leaders such as Jesus Christ, Martin
Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma
Gandhi have shown that a nation is first
founded on the stories that it tells --- and
silences --- to justify its existence.
Their messages and example have taught
organisation and the importance of attacking
the issues of the day and era. They didn t
talk around issues; they attacked them head
on in the battleground of social awareness.
Those of us born and bred in the space
called T&T carry in our bosoms a duty to
not allow our secret frustrations to keep us
from being a champion of hope to the young
people of this nation. You can t think neg-
ative thoughts and live a positive life. We
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can all do something of significance and life a live
of purpose. The grass isn t greener somewhere else.
We have to say to the youth and young people of
this nation don t quit on yourself, your job, your life,
your dream or your country. Don t throw in the towel
and walk away. Don t just go through the motions.
Brian Lewis is the President of the T&T Olympic
Committee. The views expressed are not neces-
sarily those of the National Olympic Committee.
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Grass is not greener elsewhere
Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza says
the West Indies is his favourite cricket team and
it will be great playing them in the World Cup.
The West Indies and Zimbabwe played each
other last night. "I enjoy playing against them.
I grew up looking at them on television; looked
at their cricket a lot and they were always my
favourite team. So I like having the opportunity
to play against them now," said Masakadza.
He sees Chris Gayle as the regional team s most
destructive player: "Despite the fact that he has
not gotten runs so far we still think that he is
the dangerman. If he comes off, he can steal the
game away from you, so we have a plan for him,
as we do the rest of the batters. He can be so
dangerous that a lot of focus will be centred
around him going into this clash."
The last time West Indies played at this ground
against the Australian Prime Minister s XI, Gayle
smoked 140 off just 89 balls. The ground here
has pretty short square boundaries as it is also
used for rugby, so the batsmen will be looking
to take advantage.
Masakadza thinks the West Indies top order
is the key: "They have had a bit of a mixed World
Cup so far but we are planning for them, as if
they are at the top of their game. We will be
looking to get wickets early to push them back,
so it is important to start well. There top order
is very dangerous, so we are focussing a lot on
that. Also, their bowling attack, early in the innings
could be vital, so we need to ensure that we
secure our wickets and don t end up in position
like Pakistan, where they lost four wickets for
one run. When you are in a position like that,
you cannot come back easily." (VM)
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