Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 1st 2015 Contents A50
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believe that sport
a life sipping
caviar and operat-
ing in and out of
That may be so for
some, but certainly
not the case in the
instances. For all
there are many
times when it
seems that the effort of time and energy, particularly
for those whose interest is service, just does not
make any sense---it s almost an exercise in futility.
What's behind the sense of duty that motivates
people involved in sport administration? Sometimes
the frustration and effort to get things done, can be
Recently I had the misfortune of involuntarily parting
ways with my passport somewhere in Miami Inter-
national Airport. The following three days were expe-
riences that spanned the myriad of human emotions.
That there were two events that I dearly wanted to
attend at home in T&T, only added to my frustration.
Not for all the tea in China could I understand the
dread behaviour of the goodly lady whom I encountered
at the T&T consulate on Brickell Avenue, downtown
Miami. With service like that, I could not help but
wonder why she was allowed any where close to
dealing with people.
Luckily for me, her colleague, Mrs Ramlal took over
on day two of my Miami odyssey and did yeoman
service in restoring my faith and that of my Caribbean
colleague, Alphonso Bridgewater, president of the St
Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee, in service.
Having witnessed the unsympathetic treatment the
day before, Bridgewater's impression of the T&T con-
sulate could not be favourable. But one bad apple soon
made way and was replaced by a bright, red one. Mrs
Ramlal's intervention ultimately showed what true
service was about, although it did not soften the effect
of my missing two vital events here at home.
The first was the clash between the Soca Warriors
and USA in the World Cup qualifier at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium. No passport, couldn't leave Miami!
So be it.
The other event I dearly wanted to attend was much
more meaningful and closer to my heart. It was the
inaugural Hall of Achievement induction and dinner
of the Fatima Old Boys Association held on November
18 at the Anchorage, Chaguaramas. That it was the
first ever induction made it a special occasion, not to
mention, of course, that I am a proud Fatima Old Boy.
But alas, service indifference put paid to my being
The honour roll at Fatima was distinguished by
Bishops Jason Gordon and Robert Llanos, late Arch-
bishop Anthony Pantin and a diversity of contributors
to T&T, including Ato Boldon, Brian Lara, Everard
Cummings, Alvin Corneal, Michael Joey Carew, to
name a few. The Fatima Old Boys Association also
celebrated its golden anniversary.
I have said many times Fatima was very influential
in my life, even though I attended St Anthony's College
for one year.
So profound was the impact that I will forever hold
significant loyalty and fondness for Fatima. Missing
both events for reasons I felt were unnecessary led
me to reflect on certain aspects of T&T. Our tolerance
of poor and mediocre service on one hand even when
we know better must and can be done, is one. Another
is the importance of our education system and how
impactful it can be negatively or positively.
T&T and its people can at times be a perplexing
enigma, complex while at the same time simple. Who
are we? What does it mean to be a Trinbagonian?
THINGS THAT MATTER
My Miami myriad of human emotions
What forms and shapes who we are? As
20,000 spectators watched the T&T football
team battle to a draw with USA, what fuelled
the feelings of pride? Was it patriotism or
was it simply an occasion to lime and have
a good time?
There are times when you can't escape
the feeling that we are not taking nation
building seriously and that we are happy to
simply go along. The sad thing is that there
is so much more that we can do. Everyone
will have experiences that inform and shape
us in word, thought and deed.
Indeed, it is in striving we conquer. But
sometimes when adversity crops up and
makes things worse than it should be, it is
a bitter pill to swallow. Nevertheless, we must
One day it will all come together in the
name of service. And it is to that day that
we should all aspire!
•Brian Lewis is president of the T&T Olympic
Committee ( TTOC ). The views expressed
are not necessarily those of the Olympic Com-
"T&T and its people can at times be a perplexing enigma, complex
while at the same time simple. Who are we? What does it mean to
be a Trinbagonian? What forms and shapes who we are? As
20,000 spectators watched the T&T football team battle to a draw
with USA, what fuelled the feelings of pride? Was it patriotism or
was it simply an occasion to lime and have a good time?"
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