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Sobo Village. Where is
it? First left turn just
after you pass the Pitch
Lake. Last Saturday, the
Sobo Village Recreation
Ground was the venue
for the Flow sponsored
Rainbow Sport and Cul-
tural Club community
rugby caravan, a pro-
gramme that targets
in the south of the twin
Island Republic, areas
that would not have seen
organised rugby before.
The weekend before, the Fanny Vil-
lage Recreation Ground was the setting
and stage for the Flow caravan.
The enthusiasm shown by the youths
in Sobo Village to sign up for rugby
coaching after seeing rugby live for the
first time may have come as a surprise
even to the always optimistic Rudolph
Jack, president of Rainbow Sport and
Cultural Club and the architect of the
To say that the Sobo Village recre-
ation ground is ideally placed within
the community is an understatement.
It s well located.
The only negative was the inadequate
lighting system. A circumstance the
Sobo Village Council needs to address
with some urgency.
The interest shown by Sobo Village
for the Flow sponsored caravan high-
lighted yet again the importance of the
Ministry of Sport, Sport Company and
the TTOC continuing to support the
geographic spread of sport.
In many ways it would be fair to say
that the children and youths of Sobo
Village are undeserved by national sport
One can well understand the chal-
lenges national sport organisations face.
The main one being human and finan-
cial resource limitations. But the time
has come to critically examine the easy
Is the lack of financial and human
resource the only barrier to the struc-
tured and systemic geographic spread
of organised sporting activity?
Again I must refer to, or reflect on
if you prefer, the enthusiastic response
by Sobo Village to the Flow and Rain-
bow Sport and Culture Club commu-
nity rugby caravan.
Sport leaders need to
get out and about. Yes it
can be time consuming.
To understand both the
opportunities and prob-
lems facing communities
such as Sobo Village and
other Villages those who
make decisions need to go
see for themselves.
It s not so much about
talent identification and
long term athlete devel-
opment. It s simply about
seeing first-hand the pure
joy of children and youth at play. It
matters not the sport. To see children
and youth playing sport for the pure
joy of playing is well worth the drive,
time and energy.
The challenge facing programmes
such as the Flow caravan is one of con-
tinuity and sustainability.
How do national sport organisations
provide children and youths in the vil-
lages and communities through the
length and breadth of T&T with the
access and chance to participate in safe,
secure and well organised sporting
Driving through Sobo Village on the
way to the Sobo Village recreation
ground may be a revelation.
To all those dedicated volunteers who
work tirelessly in the various villages
and communities through this twin
island republic... be encouraged. Yours
may be a thankless and frustrating
endeavour, but making a positive dif-
ference in the lives of the nation s chil-
dren is priceless.
Even as I wrote the previous sentence
I felt a sense of frustration even hope-
lessness because the first hand reality
More must be done. Where there is
a will there is a way. Let s not lose hope
even though it may seem that it is get-
ting harder and harder every day.
Brian Lewis is the president of
the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Com-
mittee. The views expressed are not
necessarily those of the national
Share the dream. Support
#10Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Prepa-
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Flow rugby caravan
lights up Sobo Village
THINGS THAT MATTER
ELMONT---Jamaican jockey Rajiv
Maragh produced a strong stretch
run aboard 5-1 chance Celestine to
take the US$100 000 Wait A While
Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Going seven furlongs for three-year-
old fillies, Maragh stalked from just
off the pace with the dark bay in the
early stages before rushing up the rails,
grabbing the lead approaching the six-
teenth pole, and getting to the wire 1-
1/2 lengths. Celestine completed the
trip in a time of one minute, 21.06
seconds for her second added-money
career score following her success in
the Sanibel Island Stakes last March.
Maragh praised the filly s versatility
following the victory which was one
of two on the 12-race card for the 29-
"Not only is she super-talented but
also versatile. She can adapt to any
scenario and I think it s going to bode
well for her going forward," Maragh
pointed out. Maragh s second win came
in the $62,000 race eight over a mile
and sixteenth when he carried the
favourite Dreaming as Always to a
handsome win by 2-3/4 lengths.
Strong drive lands
Maragh Belmont feature
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