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By Roslyn Carrington
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STORE BAY TURNED PINK when the
ladies of Yes She Can rode into town last
week Saturday for the Caribbean Cross
Training Multi Sport Festival. For 90 days,
this group of ordinary women came to-
gether to train for the Trinbago Tri, a
novices’ triathlon consisting of a 100M
swim, a 5K bike ride, and a 1K run. Few of us
had any real skills in all three sports, two
had never ridden a bike before, and several
were afraid of the water.
WOW readers followed along as we
trained, and it is with pride and pleasure
that we let you know that every single one
of us who entered crossed that finish line.
Perhaps our reputation preceded us; per-
haps it was the sight of ladies in pink flitting
around the beach like flamingos searching
for shellfish, but from the moment we ar-
rived, Store Bay was electrified. The stares,
the giggles, the huge smiles meant the
world to us.
So many family members made the journey
to Tobago to egg us on: parents, husbands,
boyfriends, co-workers and kids. The guys
worked hard in the background, providing
logistics, snacks, and good company, not
just to their women but to all of us. We
hereby declare you official team boyfriends!
Pink or black supporters’ T-shirts were
everywhere, bearing the slogan, Live
Healthy and Support Yes She Can. With our
names printed on our backs, we got person-
alised shouts of encouragement. During our
Zumba warm-up, one gentleman joined us,
beer in one hand and glass in the other. He
tried to lead us in a wine-off, but...um...no.
Many others stayed home to mind children
and pets. So much enthusiasm. So much
support. If we ever doubted there were peo-
ple out there who cared for us, we doubt no
more. We heard your cheers! We heard
your applause! Thank you! Special mention
of Nadia’s mom, Christine Westmaas, for
becoming official team Mommy!
The swim segment was the challenge of
the day. So much for the gentle blue waters
of Store Bay. The swells were so powerful
we abandoned the run-in-and-dive entry we
had practiced since day one, and instead
bravely swam out beyond the heavy break-
ers, to tread water until the starter
sounded. Even the strong swimmers had to
fight against the tide ... but we did it.
Inexpert traffic management by the police,
and disrespectful, impatient, and reckless
driving was a hazard on the bike leg. We
were forced to weave our way in and out of
traffic, and jostled at intersections by driv-
ers who didn’t care that a race was in
The final leg, the running, was relatively
simple and clear-cut, but after the tumble in
the sea and the traffic snarl on the roads, it
was still no easy task!
Last week, an acquaintance dismissed our
tri: “It’s so short, I could do it WITHOUT
training!” Maybe...but I doubt it. In any case,
he was missing the point. The Trinbago Tri
meant more to us than a few hours in Store
Bay and a beastly, brutal half hour on the
For us, it meant courage. Hope. Faith. Trust.
Overcoming. Self-discovery. Discovering
others. We literally spilled blood and tears.
We sacrificed. We felt our bodies change.
We bonded. We loved each other and our-
selves more. Mountains rose before us and
we watched them fall. We spread pink rip-
ples throughout our communities. We set
an example for other women, and for the
children. We performed with honour. We
left our mark. After this experience, not one
of us is left unchanged.
Thanks to the CCT teen triathletes, espe-
cially Ayomide Gilbert Semper, Hayden Reid
and Daniyell Bennett, for your excellent field
management. Thanks to organisers and
trainers, Andrew Eligon, Alison Elliott,
Joshua Mcleod, Talillia Baptiste and Homer
Mahammad. We hope we made you proud.
Roberta Rose-Collins, founder of Yes She
Can, thank you for the opportunity. You
rock. Pink Ladies, you rock even harder!
2nd – Sirlon George
3rd – Nadia Goodman
1st – Swain David
2nd – Winston Awai
3rd – Andre Collins
300M Open Water Swim: Bonita Collins
THE PINK LADIES of Yes She Can are planning our
next adventure. Join us! To find out more about Yes
She Can, or to join, please visit and like our Face-
book page https://www.facebook.com/yesshecan-
project, or contact Roberta at 389-9046 or
YES SHE CAN
Friends and colleagues turn up to support.
Maria Busby-Montenegro and Sprinter Ayanna Hutchinson.
places second (VL).
places first (VL).
Roslyn - The non-rider rides.
Deanna Bahadoorsingh (VL).
Stacey Quan Kep (VL).
Supporters came out in full force.
Sam and Stacey
Bonita Collins swims 300M
Christine Westmaas, Official Team Mommy.
Cindy Sankar and her daughter, Kimberly.
Fiona Greensides with her husband, Paul,
and mum Kathleen.
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