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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 19, 2015
As Independence beckons, it is important to
identify important and significant dates that
should be noted by all of those involved in sports
These are dates and months when significant
contributions to this country have impacted so
much on so many, that maybe some of us, have
taken them for granted, or have forgotten their
So what follows are some of these, which need
to be brought to the attention of a nation, in need
of some positivity.
Saturday June 10 2006---Trinidad and Tobago s
Soca Warriors earn a point in their first ever World
Cup match, playing with 10 men but holding
Sweden to a 0-0 draw.
Tuesday November 15, 2005---Dennis "Tallest
"Lawrence climbs above everyone to score the
crucial winning goal for Trinidad and Tobago
away to Bahrain, from a Dwight Yorke corner in
the 49th minute to ensure T&T qualifies for its
first ever World Cup.
Saturday August 11, 2012---Keshorn Walcott
sends shockwaves through the London Olympics
2012 when he wins the javelin goal medal with
a throw of 84.58 metres. This is only T&T s
second ever gold medal. He becomes the youngest
ever Olympic gold medallist in the men s javelin
(19 years and 131 days)
Saturday July 24, 1976---Hasely Crawford wins
the Montreal Olympics 100 metres gold medal
in a time of 10.06. It is T&T s first ever Gold
medal in the Olympics.
Monday April 12, 2004---Brian Lara scores 400
not out against England at the Antigua Recre-
ational Ground to regain the world record for the
highest score in Test cricket from Matthew Hay-
Monday April 18, 1994---Brian Lara breaks Sir
Garry Sobers 36-year-old record of 365, scoring
375 at the Antigua Recreational Ground against
August 1979---T&T s netballers, led by Sherrill
Peters wins the World Netball title in 1979 (jointly
with Australia and New Zealand), becoming the
first T&T team to win a world title.
Tuesday December 2 , 2014---T&T s female
footballers lose 0-1 to Ecuador at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium and miss qualification for a
Women s World Cup.
Thursday August 23, 1973---Bernard Julien scores
121 for the West Indies against England at Lords;
it is considered his best innings ever.
Sunday November 19, 1989---T&T s Strike Squad
loses 0-1 to the USA at the Hasely Crawford Sta-
dium and miss World Cup qualification, and the
entire country cries in pain
Sunday August 9, 2009---Ato Boldon returns to
the track at the World Championships in Athens,
after finishing a disappointing 5th in the 100 metres
finals, to win the men s 200 metres giving T&T,
its first gold medal at the World Championships.
Wednesday August 14, 2013---Jehue Gordon wins
the 400 metres hurdles finals at the World Cham-
pionships in Moscow, Russia.
Friday October 23, 2009---Daren Ganga leads T&T
to the Champions League T20 Finals, where we
lose to New South Wales in a close contest; con-
tracts follow for Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine
in the IPL thereafter.
Friday August 20, 2004---George Bovell wins bronze
in the men s 200 metres individual medley at the
Athens Olympics, in the process claiming T&T s
first Olympic medal in a swimming contest.
Saturday August 16, 2008---Richard Thompson
runs 9.89 to place second in the Olympics 100
metres final in Beijing, China behind Usain Bolt.
Sunday March 27, 2006---Stephen Ames wins
his first PGA tournament, the Players Champi-
onships at Sawgrass in Florida. He finished 14---
under 274 and earned $1.44 million US.
Tuesday December 4, 1973---T&T s footballers lose
a crucial game against Haiti 2-1 after scoring five
goals, four of which were denied.
Saturday September 12, 1981---Claude Noel fights
Mexican boxer Rodolfo Gonzalez for the WBA
Lightweight title in Atlantic City, New Jersey,
United States and wins a unanimous decision
(145-140,145-141, 144-141) and the world title,
the first in boxing for this country.
Saturday May 23, 1987---Leslie "Tiger" Stewart
defeats Marvin Johnson in Port of Spain; Trinidad
to win the WBA World Light Heavyweight title,
after his opponent Johnson could not come out
for the ninth round.
With the IAAF World Championships in Bei-
jing, schedule in a few days; this would be a great
time for our athletes to add to these dates.
It is also important for sporting interest to
keep these moments alive through our National
Sporting Archives, which is an interesting and
informative addition to our sporting landscape
but which has been stymied by a lack of funding
of late. You can view more about our great
moments in sport by logging on to
www.sportarchivestt.com. I also hope that those
in authority, especially the Ministry of Sport and
corporate T&T can align themselves with this
very critical project called the National Sporting
Archives of T&T.
Moments that lift spirits of our nation
Andre E Baptiste
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