Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 7th 2015 Contents resources the determining factor in how
we are able to plan and acheive set tar-
There are pros and cons to every-
Some of our athletes are extremely
motivated to work hard to acheive their
Olympic dreams and goals. Their moti-
vation is evident.
NLCB is a wonderful example of a
corporate/state entity committed to
finding a way to help and support the
Our athletes are dedicated. They
have national pride and are fiercely
competitive. To build a successful career
in elite sport requires those three attrib-
utes among others in abundance.
Our athletes matter. They have an
unbridled excitement and enthusiasm
and determination to give their all for
their country. They have stories that
everyone should hear.
Since 1997, when national lottery
funding was introduced to directly help
British Olympic and Paralympic sport,
Team GB has become one of the leading
Olympic nations in the world.
Their legendary Olympic great Sir
Chris Hoy has said without dedicated
national lottery funding he would not
have achieved his Olympic dreams. The
British approach to national lottery
funding for Olympic sport is now being
adopted by a number of other coun-
So while the NLCB Going for Gold
Instant Money Game rolled out to the
public on Monday is new, it is not
unprecedented around the world. It is
a first and historic step to advance the
discussion for T&T to follow the British
approach to national lottery funding
for Olympic sport.
UK national lottery funding is sup-
porting the stories of courage and
resilience of British athletes who aspire
to win Olympic medals and become
I believe a similar, dedicated and spe-
cific national lottery funding approach
that is transparent and accountable will
have a huge and transformative impact
on Olympic sport here. To acheive the
target of ten or more Olympic gold
medals, the first challenge is for the
NLCB and TTOC to ensure that the
Going for Gold Instant Money Game
is a success.
Brian Lewis is the President of the
T&T Olympic Committee. The views
expressed are not necessarily those
of the Olympic Committee.
Support #10 Golds24 Athlete Welfare
and Preparation Fund make your dona-
tions to any branch of Scotiabank
account number 171188.
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The National Lotteries Control
Board (NLCB) has formalised its
partnership with the Trinidad and
Tobago Olympic Committee
(TTOC ). The historic agreement
resulted in the creation by the
NLCB of a new instant money
(Scratch ) game called Going For
Gold that will carry the
#10golds24 logo. The projected
contribution is $200,000 with
potential to generate one million
dollars or more per annum.
The upper end is an ambitious
target that will require the Going
for Gold game to be extremely
popular and well supported by the
It s a start compared to what is
received from national lottery
funding in other countries.
Aside from the cash injection
into the Ten or more Olympic Gold
medals by the year 2024 Athlete
Welfare and Preparation fund, there
are a number of other athlete
focused elements such as intern-
ship, ongoing training etc.
But the real win for the TTOC
and NLCB is the creation of a new
paradigm in respect of thinking
outside the box. The willingness
to come up with new answers to
old questions is a credit to the
decision makers at NLCB.
Senior executives at NLCB were
focused on creative solutions so
as to support the TTOC to meet
challenges and optimise oppor-
How can we get sport in T&T
One of the key priorities is to
take the guess work out of how
sport is funded.
What are our most important
financial goals? Is our financial
NLCB, TTOC a golden sporting mix
Veteran T&T fisherman Ger-
ard "Frothy" de Silva captained
the boat Pesca Grossa to the US
$656,000 first prize in the pres-
tigious Blue Marlin World Cup
Championship in Funchal,
Madeira on Saturday. His crew,
which included angler Anthony
Johnson of Florida and co-cap-
tain Duart Nuno Goncalves of
Madeira, was the only one of
the 149 teams worldwide to
land a Blue Marlin (652 lbs).
In the unique World Cup tour-
nament, teams fish anywhere in
the world for a blue marlin over
the 500 pound minimum size.
Each team fishes eight hours in
their time zone, always on July
4, to see who can land the largest
catch. It is a one day, winner
take all competition. There is no
second place so all teams are
notified immediately as soon as
a qualifying fish is weighed. In
this way, any team hooking a
smaller fish knows it should be
released. Pesca Grossa s 652 lb
marlin set a fairly high goal for
other teams to exceed. In this
case, none of the other teams
could beat it.
Across the globe, in hot spots
such as Cape Verde, Bermuda
and Hawaii, large numbers of
teams released dozens of marlins
all below the 652 lb leading
weight. It was the same story at
Ascension Island, Mauritius,
Papua, New Guinea, Bahamas,
Cameroon, French Polynesia,
Azores, Portugal, Panama, Mex-
ico and the US east and Gulf
Trinidad-born de Silva, who
has spent the last 30 years in
Tobago, added this honour to a
growing list of international
awards, including first place at
the prestigious Hemingway
International Billfish Tournament
in Cuba as well as second place
at the renowned annual Rolex
International Tournament of
Mike Leech, Tournament
Director, said he was pleased that
only one marlin was landed from
all the international locations.
In the previous two years only
two qualifying marlin were land-
ed due to the format of having
only a single winner.
The World Cup is a qualifying
event for the Offshore World
Championship so Johnson will
also receive an invitation to fish
in their 2016 Championship from
April 17-22, 2016 in Costa Rica.
The World Cup is also a sanc-
tioned event for the International
Division of IN THE BITE s Cap-
tain Of The Year award.
A portion of the World Cup
proceeds go to support the IGFA
and The Billfish Foundation.
Team Pesca Grossa cops US$656,000
Blue Marlin Fishing World Cup prize
Veteran T&T fisherman Gerard "Frothy" de Silva (second from left) and his crew on the boat Pesca Grossa
pose with their 652-lb catch, which won them the prestigious Blue Marlin World Cup Championship in
Funchal, Madeira on Saturday.
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