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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Olympic sailor Andrew Lewis
spent Christmas Day at the Miguel
Couto Municipal Hospital in Rio
de Janerio, Brazil, where he is
recovering from corrective surgery
performed on Monday on his jaw
and left leg.
A team of specialists performed
the procedures which were said to
be crucial following injuries he sus-
tained in a freak accident on
December 12, in which he suffered
a bruised left lung.
His father and businessman David
Lewis has been at his side since his
accident which occurred outside
his short stay apartment in Rio. At
the time of the incident the athlete
was participating in an Olympic
2016 training camp. Lewis had been
hospitalised for the past two weeks.
He told the T&T Guardian, while
in recovery, he was getting himself
in the "correct state of mind," to
compete in Rio.
"All the professionals have told
me that I will be walking within a
month; running within two months;
and sailing with two-and-a-half to
three months. This does leave me
enough time to continue preparing
for the Games. I am in the right
state of mind. I will be competing
in Rio, 2016 and I will do my best
for T&T. I don t have an exact date
as to when I will be returning to
T&T, but I am guessing it will be
within the next ten days," he said.
Lewis, 26, continued, "I would
like to let everybody (in T&T) know
that Andrew Lewis is their 2016
Olympic sailor and I look forward
to representing the red, white and
black. T&T, I love you and thank
you very much for all your support.
I will see you ll soon on the beautiful
Lewis said there were no pastelles,
ham or black cake on the hospital
menu for him on Christmas day,
however, only liquid meals, at least
On November 13, he travelled
from T&T to Brazil to begin training
in Rio for the Olympics.
While it was not his first time to
Brazil, it was his first time to the
city of Rio. On arrival, he declared
Rio his second home.
He described the city--the tem-
perature, the culture and the peo-
ple--as bringing together elements
that mirrored T&T. And, despite
the language and currency differ-
ences, Lewis could not believe the
level of comfort he enjoyed.
In the Olympic city, Lewis had
the unique honour of training with
the Dutch National team in mid-
"This is a very unusual situation
as most teams don t allow other
people to join their groups or have
access to the things that I had access
too. But moments like that I had to
grab them; run with them; make
the best of it! I was training with
two-time Olympian Rutger Van
Schaardenburg (and) former world
champion Nicholas Heiner," he said.
Lewis noted that athletes from
around the world were in Rio train-
ing since last year, because they
needed to understand the venue,
which took time, be it the wind fac-
tors, as well as the currents.
His first trip lasted eleven days,
before the athlete returned to T&T,
on break with plans to return to
camp from December 7-15. While
there, he was to participate in an
Olympic test event this month-end.
That was before his accident.
"I have always envisioned myself
achieving the things I want to
achieve and being in the places I
want to be and accessing the things
I want to access. But what I am
seeing out here is beyond belief to
me. The level of equipment, the
level of organisation these other
teams have is beyond anything T&T
has ever seen. They have spares for
every single thing. They have con-
tainers for storage and fantastic
accommodation; everything from
head to toe. These are the things I
need to see. These are things I need
to be around," Lewis said.
He continued, "Yes! These things
cost a lot of money and I am access-
ing a lot of these facilities and
equipment at a very low cost, due
to my talent, which is what, got me
to where I am today. But T&T needs
to really realise that (while) I might
be a one man team out here, trav-
elling the world, if I want to do
proper equipment. I need to have
access to the proper coaching. I
need to have access to the proper
facilities. That s what the top guys
"I feel Brazil is the chance for me
to shine, the chance for me to show
the world I could really do some-
thing special representing our sweet
island, our beautiful island of T&T
amongst these monster countries.
I believe I can do something special
and execute when the day comes,"
Injured Lewis adamant about
representing T&T in Rio
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