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T&T Carifta team manager Dexter
Voisin wants T&T track and field legend
Ato Boldon to help prepare the junior
athletes for the 45th Carifta Games,
which takes place from March 26-28 in
A 57-member T&T contingent com-
prising 42 athletes and 15 officials will
aim for more silverware this year, after
the 2015 team brought home 22 medals
---six gold, eight silver and eight bronze.
Speaking to Voisin about the team s
chances this year, he said that having
Boldon involved with the team is one of
Voisin stated: "Actually, it is one of my
plans (to get Ato Boldon involved), but I
have to reach out to him and if it is possible
and manageable then, of course.
"We will always welcome anybody like
Ato Boldon, who served our country at
the highest level, who will be able to
impact on the youths, especially in terms
of motivation. Once that could be arranged
of course I would have him address the
team," he added.
Boldon, who represented T&T at numerous
Olympic Games, coaches World Youth 100-metre
silver medallist Khalifa St Fort, who is part of the
T&T Carifta team.
Voisin expects St Fort (Girls Under-20 100m,
200m, 4X100m), Tyriq Horsford (Boys Under-18
javelin) and Akanni Hislop (Boys Under-20 200m)
to have great performances, but is looking for a solid
"Overall, we are looking for some good team per-
formances. There are some athletes who will be
leading the charge. Khalifa St Fort, Tyriq Horsford
and Akanni Hislop will definitely lead the charge,
but we look for a good overall performance."
Horsford and Hislop both won gold medals at the
2015 Carifta Games in St Kitts, while St Fort will
compete at her first Carifta Games.
Voisin did express his disappointment that long
jump athlete Andwelle Wright will not be part of the
team this year.
"Andwelle is one of our gold medal winners last
year and the year before. It is very unfortunate that
he is not part of the team this year due to injuries
and also because his preparation did not go as expected
leading up to the trials. He would have been one of
our medal prospects this year."
Voisin, however, is confident that Under-20 long
jumper Che Richards has an excellent chance to
Carifta manager wants Ato to inspire team
Local, regional and international athletes will
test themselves before the Olympic Games when
The T&T Grand Games (TTGG) hosts the Athletics
Invitational 2016 meet Showdown at Sundown on
May 21 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-
Spain, from 6 pm.
Sixteen track and field events are scheduled, while
TTGG communications manager Dahlia Ditzen said
that patrons will have the chance to win a Hyundai
Elantra, cash prizes and other gifts. Tickets are priced
at $350, which includes entrance into the after party
at the stadium.
Prior to the meet, hundreds of students will be
invited to the stadium on May 20 to meet the athletes.
Athletes from T&T, USA, Jamaica and Aruba have
already confirmed their attendance.
CEO of T&T Grand Games, Regina John, is con-
fident of hosting a successful event. On Wednesday,
at a press conference held at the Hyatt Regency
Trinidad, Port-of-Spain, John said, "We are a com-
pany with a shared vision. Our members believe that
with continuous work we can accomplish our games
successfully where the athletes will have a fantastic
John said that the goal of the company is to help
the nation s athletes. "T&T Grand Games is a recently
formed organisation, our aim is to be that connecting
company that will be able to connect athletes to
resources that are necessary for them. Our aim is to
invest a percentage of our profits into assisting athletes
directly. We believe we can try and bridge gaps."
John explained that youngsters have raw talent,
but may not have the necessary resources to make
it to the elite level.
John said: "There are the junior athletes that want
to transition into seniors and they will have their day
jobs. It takes a lot to be a professional athlete."
John knows that athletes need financial assistance
and said this event is an investment to the athletes.
Dexter Voisin, technical director of TTGG, said the
timing of the event will give athletes a test run leading
into major local meets and the Olympics. JB
• For more information visit the TTGG website at
TTGG to host
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