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Olympic medallist George Bovell is
delighted to have been voted Sportsman of
the Year 2014 by the First Citizens Sports
Foundation, so close to his planned retire-
ment from competition.
At Friday's First Citizens Sportsman and
Sportswoman of the Year ceremony held at
Queen's Hall in St Ann's, Port-of-Spain, Bovell
beat out 2012 Sportsman of the Year Keshorn
Walcott and 2010 Sportsman of the Year
Roger Daniel for the coveted prize.
He described being nominated and ulti-
mately winning the award for the second time
in a decade as humbling, considering the
sporting pedigree of the other athletes in con-
tention for the award.
In an interview with the T&T Guardian,
Bovell outlined his plans for the next two
"I'm just very grateful and very blessed. I
hope to continue to do it (compete) for another
year-and-a-half. Finish with bang! Finish on
top in Rio," he said.
He added, "I am just incredibly grateful.
Grateful for this award, grateful for the oppor-
tunity (to represent), grateful for my health!
I feel very blessed and I'll like to say that I
am working the dream. I'm not living it. I
am working it with every decision I make,
which is taking me to or further away from
my goals. I am working a 24-0-7 job."
Bovell made it clear that his success to date
was born of his determination to succeed and
had nothing to do with resilience.
Putting it in perspective, he said, people
talk about resilience, but what he did was
what he enjoyed.
The real heroes
"Real resilience is for those people out there
who are taking six months of chemotherapy
fighting for their lives. People out there who
really have it tough, grinding, working all day,
all night; two to three jobs: resilience just so
their kids could have a better future. Those
are the real heroes out there," he said.
Speaking of the fuel that drove him, Bovell
said, if he had to rely on extrinsic motivation,
he would have bowed out of competition long
ago. It was his intrinsic motivation, which
served as a guide on the journey toward sport-
ing excellence, so far.
He said, "Swimming is a very solitary sport.
When I am doing it here I am doing it alone;
many hours by myself. It's me alone in the
gym, me alone in the pool, me alone out
there: a team of one at a World Cup com-
petition. No coach. No physio, so it comes
from inside. You've got to enjoy it. I'm the
kind of guy (who) finds the best in every sit-
Bovell was expected to splash into com-
peting next week at a championship in Milan,
which would be his first competition for the
year. That event said the Sportsman of the
Year would help him gauge where he was
A lot of work outside the pool
"In the past two weeks, I have been the
strongest I have ever been in the gym. I've
really been doing a lot of work outside the
pool. I've been running the steps in the Sta-
dium (Hasely Crawford). I've been running
in the mountains, in addition to swimming.
I am so exhausted by the time I get into the
pool, it's just to practice my technique. I don't
do too much hard work in the pool. After this
competition, I will transition into a stage
where I will do half as much outside the pool
and twice as much inside the pool," he said.
Bovell added, "I'm going to join a team in
Italy and work there in March and April. If
I like it, then I think it could potentially be
a new training base for me. It's difficult to
be by yourself. I want to be in a place where
I can get some feedback. I believe I can coach
myself. I believe I can structure a season, and
I understand how the body adapts, but I need
feedback. You need a group and that equally
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, March 9, 2015
Zoran Vranes, coach of current
Digicel T&T Pro League leaders,
and Stuart Charles-Fevrier, coach
of defending champions DirecTV
W Connection, both believes the
race for the 2014/2015 title is far
This was their view after the two
teams battled to an exciting 0-0
draw at the Ato Boldon Stadium,
Couva on Friday which left Central
on 39 points from 18 matches and
six left to play while W Connection
trails on 34 points, but with seven
Third is Japs North East Stars
with 30 points from 18 matches
followed by Pt Fortin Civic with 27,
Defence Force and Play Whe San
Juan Jabloteh with 26 each, Police
(23), Caledonia (19) and St Ann's
Rangers, with a lone point.
However, it is expected that the
outcome of the league will come
from the top two clubs, ironically
both based in Couva.
Speaking after the match, Vranes
said, ""It's not over. We have six
more games and we know everyone
is capable of making mistakes. From
this match we have two points that
we need to make up for. And if we
do what we need to do we should
be ok. But it's still far from over."
"In terms of play we are satisfied
with result," Vranes said. "We were
maybe better one part of game with
chances we really should have
scored but things changed near the
end and we were very lucky that
they didn't score. So I think the
result is a fair one."
St Lucian-born Charles-Fevrier,
like Vranes a former T&T national
coach thinks his "Savonetta Boys"
were unlucky while given the con-
test high ratings.
"I think it was a good footballing
game. We were better tactically in
the first-half but Central improved
in the second-half, from a tactical
standpoint, and we had to make
some adjustments to bring back
the balance of the game.
"I think we were unlucky, hitting
the post three times, while Central
had one clear cut opportunity which
our goalkeeper made a big save in
the first-half. But I think we saw
that these are definitely two of the
top teams in the league. The quality
of football was good. The players
were very tactical in their approach
to the game and I was quite pleased
with the effort of my players."
With his ambition still set on
hurdling Central -- last season's
runners-up -- to successfully retain
the DPL championship, Charles-
Fevrier who has eld W Connection
to its five Pro League titles added,
"We can't worry over things we
don't have control over. We can
only focus on our performances
from here on."
Central FC and W Connection
will return to Pro action on Tuesday
in Round Three Match Day Three
at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya,
against eight placed Caledonia AIA
(5-4-8, 19 points) and North East
Stars from 6 pm and 8 pm respec-
However, today, both teams will
shift their attention to the T&T
Football Association FA Trophy
W Connection, the current FA
holders and four-time winners meet
St Francois Nationals at Ato Boldon
Stadium, Couva while Central FC
faces Police FC at the St James
Police Barracks Training Ground,
Long Circular Road, St James, both
from 6 pm.
Humble Bovell heads to Italy to prep
Swimmer George Bovell, the First Citizens
Sports Foundation Sportsman of the Year
2014, stands proudly in the spotlight with his
award at Queen's Hall, St Ann's, Port-of-
Spain, on Friday night. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
Vranes, Charles-Fevrier say race still open in Pro League
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