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Carenage Girls, Maraval Boys and Diamond Vale
Government will defend their Milo West Games
titles, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-
Spain, on March 10. The event was launched at the
Marriott Hotel, MovieTowne, Mucurapo.
Carenage and Diamond Vale dominated the 27th
Milo West Games last year sweeping the West A and
West B Zones, respectively.
The Milo West Games is the showpiece of primary
school athletics in the North West district of Trinidad
and Tobago. Several new innovations were promised
by Kelvin Nancoo, chairman of both the Milo Games
and the Port-of-Spain and Environs Sports Council.
Nancoo said the Games organisers would be work-
ing to ensure that the West Zone remained the best
in primary school athletics. Only the best six-year-
olds in the West Zone will compete against each
other this year, and an overall Most Outstanding per-
former will be chosen by Nancoo.
"Twenty-one teams will be competing and the
day s programme will be very competitive," Nancoo
Nancoo credited Milo Games for showcasing
national talent, including 400 metres hurdles world
champion Jehue Gordon, Simon Pierre, Fana Ashby,
Alena Brooks, Honory Mc Donald and Michelle-Lee
Ahye, who last weekend won the women s 60m
sprint at the Millrose Games in New York, USA.
The athletes expected to be on show include Tyrell
Springer, Isaiah Gemon, Sidiann Holder, Shaniqua
Bascombe, Christopher Thorp, Abigail Burton and
"Michelle-Lee Ahye and Jehue Gordon were both
champions in 2004. Now, suddenly, Michelle-Lee
has begun to shine," Nancoo said, while predicting
further international success for the 22-year-old
sprinter from Carenage.
NAAA president, Ephraim Serrette said children
having the opportunity to play and enjoy life was a
big part of human development, and he commended
the sponsors for contributing significantly to the
development of many nationals over the years.
"Nestle, by sponsoring this event for the last twen-
ty-seven years, would have created an environment
and situation in which they would have produced
more champions in life than in sport," said Serrette.
He said: "More money is needed in sport and we
must remember the man Carlyle Mason who ensured
youth development through Touring Teens which
sparked many a athlete in the early days."
School Supervisor 111, Olson Oliver thanked Milo
for their 28 years of service to Port-of-Spain & Envi-
rons and T&T by extension. He said that Nestle had
been very good corporate citizens as they have assisted
the Youth of Port-of-Spain in becoming holistically
Rae-Ann Clement-Harper lauded Nancoo and the
organising committee of the games, as she gave the
sponsor s commitment to continue its contribution
to the primary school athletics for another 28 years.
This was met with thunderous applause.
"Nestle will continue to invest and support this
programme and others, as it plays a holistic part in
the development of our children."
National 800 metres champion Alena Brooks, for-
mer Milo Games Champion, said: "It seems like only
yesterday that I was competing. But really it was ten
"The Milo Games was our Olympics and (it) has
made me into what I am today. When you heard Mr
Nancoo shout you knew to buck up. I was very proud
to wear the Green of West B and as proud to wear
the red, white and black of Port-of-Spain and Envi-
rons. As a young athlete, when you were chosen for
the West Team or Port-of-Spain you were special
and as you are aware, the West and Port-of-Spain
always win. You all know that winning is a habit.
"I have done well as an athlete, I am the 800
metres champion of T&T, I was on the historic 4 x
400 metres relay team which participated at the
World Games. I have won many plaudits in America
where I studied at the University of Minnesota but
the Milo Games was the stepping stone. This was
where the foundation was laid.
She emphasised: "Do what you have to do no mat-
ter if you don t want to, don t feel like doing it. The
Milo Games vision should be shared because this
is where the foundation is laid. It is here that we
learn to fight and be the best we can be."
PoS schools ready
for Milo Games battle
Kelvin Nancoo, left, chairman of the Milo Games and the Port-of-Spain and
Environs Sports Council, Rae-Ann Clement-Harper, Senior Consumer Marketing
Manager, Nestle, David Weekes, principal, Diamond Vale Primary School, Karen
Ford-Felicien, Maraval RC School and Abeyola Akowe, Carenage Girls
Government, Alena Brooks, national 800 metres champion and Olson Oliver,
School Supervisor III, Port-of-Spain & Environs.
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