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T&T s National marathon record
holder Ronnie Holassie returns to
his Sangre Grande roots next week
as he comes in from Miami for a
5K organised in his honour by the
Cunaripo Welfare Group in con-
junction with Thunderbirds Sports
Club on Spiritual Baptist Day next
The event will start at Guaico
Junction at 4 pm, heading south on
the Guaico-Tamana Road to finish
at the Cunaripo Presbyterian School.
On race day, registration can be
done at the MP s Office Grounds at
Guaico Junction from 2 pm. Prizes
include cash vouchers, trophies and
medals. Runners will be classified
as visitors or residents of Guaico/
Cunaripo for whom there will be
separate open and age-group cat-
This inaugural Ronnie Holassie
5K will be the first in a series of 12
5Ks throughout the North Eastern
area during the next year to celebrate
Holassie s achievement, culminating
in the Ronnie Holassie "Grande to
Port-of-Spain Challenge" on May
The main purposes of these races
are to bring unity in the various vil-
lages, to sensitise all to the impor-
tance of physical fitness and to scout
for road and track running talent.
Holassie came to prominence as
a 16-year-old when he won the 10K
organised by the T&T Marathon.
He was a Carifta Games double Gold
Medallist and went on to represent
T&T at 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Syd-
ney Olympics. Holassie holds the
National and Anglo-Caribbean
record for the marathon, 2 hours 13
minutes 3 seconds, which he set at
the 2001 Cleveland Marathon.
Contact Kennick Suepaul at 761-
2843 for further race information.
Former national standout Leroy
DeLeon steered the once struggling
Pt Fortin Civic out of the bottom half
of the Digicel T&T Pro League cham-
pionship into fourth position to be
voted coach of the month of Febru-
DeLeon took The Fan Club award,
sponsored by the country s leading
apparel and merchandise football store
which has locations in MovieTowne,
Gulf City and Trincity.
Point Fortin is now 15 points away
from leaders Central FC (45 points).
DeLeon, the 67-year-old T&T Sports
Hall of Famer and football legend, said
while he was happy to guide his team
out of the second half of the league,
winning matches or titles isn t his main
focus for the remainder of the season.
Instead, DeLeon, who was installed
as interim coach at the start of February
following the resignation of coach
Reynold Carrington, said: "If we win
a game, it s fine but I m putting things
in place for next season when we will
be a force to be reckoned with."
DeLeon is without the services of
suspended defenders Andre Ettienne,
Garyl Doldron and Glen Sutton for their
involvement in a brawl with Police.
DeLeon led his team to league wins
over St Ann s Rangers (4-1), Defence
Force (2-1), Police FC (3-1), Caledonia
AIA (3-1) and Play Whe San Juan
Jabloteh (5-1), only losing against league
leaders Central FC (1-0) while drawing
with North East Stars (1-1).
The results marked a complete turn-
around by a side that "lacked discipline
and motivation" and was struggling
near bottom despite boasting quality
players such as ace goal-scorer Marcus
Joseph, experienced and gifted mid-
fielder Andre Toussaint, hard tackling
skipper Andre Ettienne and T&T shot-
stopper Marvin Phillip.
A former national captain Carrington,
44, led Civic, on debut in the profes-
sional league, to a commendable fourth
position finish in the 2013-2014 Digicel
Pro League, but at the time of his walk-
out, he left the club in seventh position
with just 11 points midway through the
current season with only three wins,
two draws, and six defeats.
DeLeon s feat of three consecutive
wins in the month of February gave
him the edge over Central FC and two-
time Coach of the Month winner this
season, Zoran Vranes, for the award for
"It s nice but it wasn t something
that I was looking for," DeLeon said
over his accolade.
"This is not about me; this is about
what I can do for the young men. So
far they have received it very well. They
have started respecting and believing
in what I am trying to teach them. I m
doing this because I love it. I ve coached
in America, I ve coached all over, and
I m happy that I can come back here
and help out my neighbourhood."
DeLeon, who had a 16-year profes-
sional career between 1967 and 1983
in the United States with various clubs
including San Jose Earthquakes and
Seattle Sounders in the North American
Soccer League (NASL), and is the father
of Nick DeLeon, a midfielder attached
to Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit
DC United, credited an involuntary
turn-around in attitude by players for
Civic s recent rise.
"Our players attitude towards the
game gave them confidence," said
"What I normally do in practice is
try to break one bad habit. I try to
improve on that every session and let
them know why I am breaking that
habit; and why it s bad.
"So far it is surprisingly good. We
are taking it one game at a time and
looking forward to next season. There
were problems with the respect and
the discipline factors; they were bad
habits I had to immediately break.
"For instance, I told our players, your
decision is your decision to not come
to practice . I will tell them, I respect
it but I don t agree with it. But when
I make my decision and it affects their
pockets they have to respect it," con-
Standout DeLeon takes Fan Club award
Holassie returns for Grande run
Point Fortin Civic interim head coach Leroy DeLeon, left, accepts The Fan Club Coach of the Month award
from Mario Singh, chief operations officer at sports merchandise and apparel chain of stores, The Fan Club, at
MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain, on Wednesday.
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