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Some 65 of the country s top
Special Olympians, as well as,
officials will leave today for the
Special Olympics World Games
in Los Angeles, California.
The athletes will be hoping
to maintain T&T s proud and
successful history at the Games,
following their success in 2011
when the Games were held in
Athens, Greece, and T&T won
39 medals including 12 gold, 16
silver and 11 bronze.
Minister of Sport Brent San-
cho visited the swim team as
they went through a final train-
ing session at the Diego Martin
Community Swimming Pool,
The session was led by coach-
es Monique and Stephen Telfer.
The enthusiastic bunch of five
boys and four girls worked on
their turns and practised their
strokes, breathing patterns and
Sancho gave the team a pep
talk and presented their athlete
packages of a towel, swim cap
and team jackets.
Longstanding disability swim
coach Stephen Telfer was
pleased at the team s preparation
and is confident of many medals
from this new group of athletes
who have been in training for
over a year.
"I am constantly amazed at
the effort the athletes give at
each training session. I ve been
coaching for years and my ath-
letes never let me down. I expect
we ll be returning home with a
lot of precious metal," Telfer
The entire Special Olympics
contingent comprises athletes
in eight disciplines---aquatics,
athletics, basketball, bocce,
equestrian, football, powerlifting
Veteran swimmer, Olympic medal-
list and newly-minted Pan Am bronze
medallist George Bovell III got to cel-
ebrate his birthday a little early on
Saturday. Not only did he win the
bronze medal in the men s 50m
freestyle event, but also in so doing
he became the first athlete to benefit
from the Trinidad and Tobago
Olympic Committee s medal bonus
The medal bonus programme is an
essential component of TenGolds24,
the ten or more Olympic Gold medals
by 2024 Athlete Welfare and Preparation
Fund launched by the TTOC last year.
As a bronze medallist Bovell will
receive US$1,000. It is fitting that he
became the first athlete to benefit from
the fund, launched by TTOC president
Brian Lewis last year.
As a four-time Olympian, Bovell is
the Caribbean s most successful swim-
mer, the holder of multiple world cham-
pionship medals, a former world record
holder and Sportsman of the Year 2014.
He embodies sporting excellence and
the Olympic values of respect, excel-
lence and friendship.
Few athletes has worked as hard as
he has and given so much inside and
outside of the pool. Most recently, Bovell
has partnered with Atlantic and other
local organisations, to host several suc-
cessful swim clinics in T&T.
The clinics, which were designed to
enhance the technical abilities of young
athletes, while providing them with
strategies for use daily in training, have
been hugely successful.
Bovell has already qualified for the
Rio 2016 Olympics, and thus has anoth-
er opportunity to add precious metal
to his extensive medal collection.
Four national junior squash players,
including second seed Nku Patrick,
advanced to the semifinals of the
Caribbean Area Junior Squash Cham-
pionships (CASA) in Barbados, yes-
Patrick, ranked second in the boys
Under-19 singles category, defeated
Daniel Murphy of the Cayman Islands,
11--4, 11--8, 8--11, 11--3, to advance to
Christopher Anthony continued his
top form in the boys U-13 division, get-
ting past Guyanese Justin Lilico in
straight sets, 11--6, 11--8, 11--6.
Among the girls, Alexandria Year-
wood and Marie-Claire Barcant kept
the T&T flag flying in the girls U-17
Yearwood eased to a 11--2, 11--4, 11--2
win over Emma Turnbull of the Cay-
man Islands, while Barcant defeated
Thandi Myers of St Vincent and the
Grenadines 11--5, 12--10, 11--5.
Yearwood, Barcant and Patrick will
represent the national senior squash
team at the Senior CASA tournament
next month in the Cayman Islands.
Action in the tournament continues
Four T&T players
in squash semifinals
present for Bovell
off to World Games
Minister of Sport Brent Sancho with swimmers and coaches.
PHOTO COURTESY: THE SPORTS COMPANY OF T&T
George Bovell III
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