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Ten or more Olympic gold medals
by the year 2024. Establishing T&T
as a sport tourism haven. How do
we achieve those two objectives for
Ask. How to get what you want:
Ask. It doesn t mean whine or beg
or complain or plead or grovel. It
doesn t mean expecting a handout
or a free lunch or charity.
It doesn t mean avoiding respon-
sibility or doing the hard work.
Don t just ask and expect someone
to give you something. It s about
creating value---value isn t always
But tangible or intangible it s about
creating value. If you aren t con-
vinced about what you are asking
for, how can anyone else be?
Ask with absolute conviction.
Be able to show that you are sure
of what you want, you are sure you
And you are sure you will create
You have to keep asking. Keep try-
ing and keep changing.
What would happen if we ask
effectively? We will achieve our
Sport in T&T, no matter all the
perceived negativity, continues to
deliver at various levels.
In the Caribbean, T&T has claimed
titles in various sports.
While the argument is that all the
success is happening in spite of
rather than because of the sport sys-
tem, those who know the truth will
argue that to state that it s happening
in spite of, is a lazy over simplifi-
The questions continue to come
fast and furious.
How can we move local sport to
the higher level? What specifically
do we mean when we say we want
to take sport to the higher level?
Is it more gold medals? Is it
growth in participation? Is it an
increase in the number of women
and girls participating in sport?
What do we mean?
To arrive at answers what we need
to do is ask. It may seem obvious
but it s not.
Most of the conversations taking
place are driven by assumptions.
There is a lot of talking at sport tak-
ing place and not much listening.
As simple as it may seem we need
more asking to take place.
One of the dangers we all face is
that we become so engrossed in
what s happening that we run the
risk of missing subtle changes that
are occurring daily.
Effective leaders make it a habit
to look at their businesses or organ-
isations with a clean sheet of paper-
seeking advice and other perspectives
from people who are less emotionally
invested in their business or organ-
Pressure is part of leadership.
Change creates urgent situations and
problems. Most things seem to hap-
pen at an inopportune time. We all
Leaders are watched closely. Every
move. Every word. Every action by
a leader is under the microscope.
When the pressure is on, the micro-
scope is intensified.
People learn more about their
leaders when the pressure is on.
When the pressure is on, the ques-
tion is do you stand up for what you
Pressure reveals the true mettle
of a leader.
Asking questions and seeking
answers will provide leaders with
the opportunity to anticipate the
issues and problems.
No matter what the objective may
be---increasing revenue, athlete and
coach development, fundraising,
problem solving, planning. Whatever
it is, asking questions is a fool proof
Sport organisations need its lead-
ers to ask questions and to be
unafraid of the answers no matter
how unflattering those answers may
be.Transformation is the objective.
We must all work and collaborate to
drive the transformation of local
sport. Transformation and innova-
•Brian Lewis is the president of the
Olympic Committee (TTOC). The
views expressed are not necessarily
those of the TTOC.
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THINGS THAT MATTER
Todd's Road United Foundation chairman and PNM candidate for La Horquetta/Talparo, Maxie Cuffie,
centre celebrates with winners La Horquetta Sporting Academy after the inaugural 'Bragging Rights'
competition organised by the Todd's Road United Foundation recently. La Horquetta Sporting Academy
captured the challenge trophy at the prize-distribution function which was held at the Phase 5
Recreation Ground in La Horquetta.
BRAGGING RIGHTS CHAMPIONS
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