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Ephraim Serrette, president of
the National Association of Ath-
letics Administrations (NAAA)
says his executive plans to over-
haul the development systems
for athletes across four disci-
plines in track and field, namely
hurdles, sprint, medium and long
jump, in a deliberate effort to
bolster this country s medal hunt
He was speaking to the T&T
Guardian at Piarco International
Airport, on Tuesday, where he
was part of the welcoming party
which applauded the T&T 2015
Carifta Games team on its return
from the 44th Carifta Games in
St Kitts and Nevis with six gold,
eight silver and eight bronze
medals for third place.
Serrette, a former national ath-
lete himself, said he believed that
the move to overhaul various
aspects of the sports had become
critical, as the developmental
regime across these disciplines
was too adhoc.
With no clear guidelines in
place, Serrette said, coaches had
free reign regarding what bench-
marks were used to nurture the
In order for this country to ben-
efit from its investment in ath-
letes, he said, a national quality
control system was needed to
match the jumps and throws
events, which was already paying
"The time has come where we
need to put our foot down where
the national hurdles programme,
sprint and medium and long
needs to be introduced. The
coaches need to mature and
understand what we are doing
and not just keep their athletes
to themselves. We have to work
together as a unit to produce our
athletes to represent us on the big
stage, he said.
Serrette lamented, however,
that local performances at this
year's championships did not sur-
pass the medal haul from the pre-
"It was below our expectations.
We knew we had a fairly--I would-
n't say weak team--(but) it was a
challenge for us this year...A num-
ber of issues. We only had four
development meets, Carifta being
early; the loss of use of the (Hasely
Crawford) Stadium, which is
allowing us to make decisions and
plan even better for next year.
Carnival is very early next year,
so our developmental meets next
year would start in November, to
give the athletes more opportu-
nities for competition. This year
only allowed about four develop-
mental meets and I think that is
insufficient to guide us where the
selections are concerned," he said.
Stand out moments from this
country's athletes during com-
petition at the Silver Jubliee Ath-
letic Stadium, over the Easter
weeknd, did not escape Serrette's
"Yes. Our under-18 athletes.
We have a very interesting group
of U-18 athletes. Some of the
analysis that we are working on
is our national programme--the
jumps and throws--and we have
seen results," he said.
The NAAA head recalled the
Tyriq Horseford record breaking
throw in the boys U-18 javelin
event and the champion perform-
ance by Akanni Hislop in the boys
U-18 200m. Both athletes were
Serrette disclosed that before
leaving local shores Hislop stated
his intent to win the event and
break the record in the process.
The Carifta record was 20.84.
Hislop's time was 20.91.
"I think that's commendable.
He also has another year compe-
tition in U-18 competition. I think
he is someone we need to invest
in because I think that out future,"
Serrette: Time for NAAA to
change development systems
Ephraim Serrette, centre, president, NAAA, chats with Anthony Creed,
executive manager, Sport Development, SporTT, left and Brian Lewis,
president, T&T Olympic Committee at Piarco International Airport on
Tuesday. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
National junior tennis player Jade Tom
Yew captured the girls Under-14 doubles
title with St Lucian Megan William at
the Trinidad leg of the ITF Junior Tennis
tournament at Trinidad Country Club,
Tom Yew and William defeated Ana
Jaramillo (Curacao) and Shivani Persaud
(Guyana) 6-1, 7-6 to claim the title. In
the girls U-14 singles, it was a St Vincent
and the Grenadines battle when Alexi
Humphrey faced Anastacia White.
Humphrey recorded a comfortable straight
set victory 6-1, 6-0.
In the girls consolation U-14 finals,
T&T's Yin Lee Assang won the category
with a 4-0, 5-4 victory over Antiguan
Ayanna Evanson. Assang was in top form
at the Catch National Junior Tennis tour-
nament at the Eddie Taylor Public Courts,
Nelson Mandela Park, last week. She won
the girls doubles U-14 title with Victoria
Koylass and also snatched the girls singles
U-14 singles title.
Earlier this week, national junior player
Nabeel Mohammed was ousted from the
second round of the ITF U-18 singles cat-
egory, losing 1-6, 3-6 to Sebastian Arcila
at the Nelson Mandela Park. Mohammed
also went down in the first round of the
U-18 doubles with T&T partner Scott
Hackshaw. Adam Ramkissoon, who also
had a successful Catch tournament, will
play in the boys singles U-14 final today.
Action begins at 9 am.
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