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Pan American Games gold medallist Cleopatra
Borel has described her shot put victory at the
championships held in Toronto, Canada, last
month as crucial boost to her confidence.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian from Switzerland
where she is preparing for this month s World Ath-
letics Championships in Beijing, China, she said:
"When I received my gold medal after so many
tries, I felt blessed to have accomplished a major
goal for the 2015 season.
"I was very excit-
ed when I arrived in
Toronto. I was
throwing well. I had
done three meets in
Europe before the
games and I felt
to was not as organ-
ised as it could have
been. It was a little
difficult for us
because the gym
facility was not conducive to our training. For exam-
ple, when I snatch, I typically drop the weights on
"This was not possible in the Pan Am Village
Gym, so coach had to help me lower the weights
to the floor from above my head. There was also
a long bus ride---45 minutes to an hour to and from
the track training venue.
"So the logistics was not as simple as the Com-
monwealth Games (in Glasgow, Scotland). For me
the Pan Am Village life was a little difficult. It was
loud at night when you needed to sleep and the
beds did not help."
Even so, Borel knew she had worked too hard to
allow distractions to force her from her prime objec-
The number of T&T nationals at the Games and
in the Village delighted Borel. The staging of the
Pan American Games coincided with pre-Caribana
(T&T style Carnival) in the North American and
the organiser s hosted a festival parade one night.
"I think this is one of the best supported meets,
in terms of people from T&T. During the anthem
I sang with all my heart. There were lots of flags
in the crowd and soca music on the back of a truck:
a pick-up truck!
"After the competition, a group of Trinis called
me over. They had flags and T&T shirts and were
all so excited. One of my friends from St
Stephen s College, Brian Jackson was there
with his wife and young son. Everyone was
so happy." she said.
Apart from the well-deserved fun
moments Borel was able to experience, she
did not forget what got her there.
"It is important for us (athletes) to get
away from all the distractions of our daily
lives and just focus on training and nothing
else. I think this sort of focus pays of during big
meets when every moment counts.
"I think that my experience allowed me to
stay composed during the Pan Am Games. I
really wanted to win a gold medal for T&T. I
wanted our young athletes to know that it s pos-
sible to live and train in T&T to be a success.
"It is my hope that I ve opened the door for
our female athletes and in four years, we will
have many more medals on the female side."
accident in Cuba
Contrary to reports in some circles expe-
rienced wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was not
dropped from the West Indies team for the
proposed tour of Zimbabwe.
Information reaching CMC Sports indicates
that the 30-year-old Test captain, was indeed
picked in the squad which was due to play a
tri-nation series with the hosts and Pakistan.
The tournament was subsequently cancelled
after Pakistan withdrew from the originally pro-
posed dates of August 20 to September 3. The
matches were to be played in Harare and Bul-
A source indicated: "Ramdin was picked in
the squad for the tournament. He was and still
is the No 1 wicketkeeper in West Indies cricket
team and will continue to play a key role in the
ODI team with young captain Jason Holder at
"Yes, there was much discussion surrounding
several members of the squad and the future of
West Indies ODI cricket, for what was to be a
crucial period...but to say that Ramdin was
omitted is simply not true."
With the tour of Zimbabwe off the West Indies
next international assignment will be a full tour
of Sri Lanka where they will play all three formats.
The West Indies last toured Sri Lanka in 2010-
2011 where they drew the Test series and lost
the ODI series.
ST GEORGE'S---The Grenada Cricket
Association (GCA) is mourning the
passing of its former president and
council member who died in Cuba
Gabriel Henry, 52, reportedly died
from injuries sustained in a vehicular acci-
dent in Cuba on Thursday.
He was in Cuba to attend his daughter s
graduation as a medical doctor when the
accident occurred. Gabriel Henry Jr confirmed
his father s passing with a message posted on
social media "My father "DADDY" just passed
President of the GCA, Dwain Gill expressed
sadness on Henry s death saying that the crick-
eting family will miss him.
"On behalf of the members of the Grenada
Cricket Association and my own family, I wish
to offer condolences to the family and friends
of Gabriel Henry. Our prayers are with them,"
he said in a statement.
At the time of his death Henry was the pres-
ident of the St David Cricket Council and rep-
resented the parish on the GCA.
"As a cricket administrator Gabriel was an
advocate for youth development not only in St
David but in Grenada as a whole. The cricketing
fraternity will miss him dearly."
Besides his involvement in cricket, Henry is
a former football official where he officiated in
the domestic leagues. (CMC)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt . Monday, August 3, 2015
Pan Am gold
to young athletes
Cleopatra Borel...victory a
boost to her confidence
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