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For any number of reasons, people
have short memories or their recall
may be situational. Context and facts
tend to get lost in the telling. Repeat-
ing and not taking for granted the
message of ten or more Olympic gold
medals by the year 2024 is a critical
Sport will achieve big things in the
coming years. National Sport Organ-
isations (NSO) and National Governing
Bodies (NGB) are showing heightened
determination and a sense of urgency.
Those who are not alive to the
opportunities will eventually come
around. No one wants to be left behind.
But there is cause for great optimism.
As the message that sport leaders need
to rehabilitate themselves away from
the addiction of dependency on state
support gains traction, I confidently
predict that sport will be better for it.
The TTOC is determined to craft
new ways and new products and serv-
ices to align Olympic Movement objec-
tives with national priorities.
These are critical times for Trinidad
But we believe in the Olympic Move-
ment that sport and Olympism can
help address the challenges facing our
Our commitment to the cause is not
conditional on approval, it is our mis-
sion and purpose.
At the TTOC, we strive to find inno-
vative ways to maximise resource eff-
icency and effectiveness.
Getting it right is not a luxury, its
T&T will achieve great Olympic
success. Now is the time to support
Just so that those who may have
forgotten or are not aware of what is
the thinking driving ten or more
Olympic gold medals by year 2024,
10Golds24 aims to cultivate a system
of excellence that clarifies the devel-
opment pathway and performance
management system that holistically
foster, mentor, nurture and develop
Olympians and Olympic Champions.
Training to be an Olympic champion
is a full time commitment that
demands both discipline and dedication
to maintain competitiveness and to
win medals. Elite and high performance
athletes competing in individual and
team sports must dedicate time,
money, and energy to their athletic
Signaling a new mindset, a new atti-
tude and a new approach where the
T&T Olympic Committee targets the
big goal and the big dream of ten
Olympic gold medals by the year 2024.
Establishing a change in culture
entails breaking down barriers with
new and innovative approaches. Thus,
this approach intends to sensitise the
nation about the reality that exist with
out National Athletes in an attempt to
encourage support of our athletes on
their journey to fulfilling the Olympic
Launched on 26 December 2014,
the TTOC president participated in
the 2015 T&T International Marathon
to raise awareness on funding for the
Athlete Welfare and Preparation fund.
The Fund is envisioned to be inde-
pendent, transparent, accountable and
Many of TTO Elite and High Per-
formance athletes are not financially
well rewarded and would not have an
opportunity to reach their potential
without financial support. Financial
support or the lack of it across the
stages of an athlete s long term devel-
opment have ended or compromised
the dream of many talented young
men and women.
The training to compete and to win
phases of an athlete s long-term devel-
opment is particularly critical. As is
what happens after their competitive
life is over.
The aim of #10golds24 athlete wel-
fare and preparation fund is to provide
financial assistance to our nation s
Olympic, Paralympic and Common-
wealth Games athletes to enable them
to train, recover and compete. The
fund aims to assist athletes in the fol-
Direct support (stipend) and out of
Health and Accident Insurance
Internships with Corporate T&T to
prepare for life after elite sport
Life skills training .
• Brian Lewis is the President of the
Olympic Committee. The views
expressed are not necessarily those
of the Olympic Committee.
of the T&TOC
THINGS THAT MATTER
The TTOC is determined to craft
new ways and new products and
services to align Olympic
Movement objectives with
These are critical times for
Trinidad and Tobago.
But we believe in the Olympic
Movement that sport and
Olympism can help address the
challenges facing our country.
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