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Smith returns to
Twenty20 star Dwayne Smith will
return to the Barbados Tridents in
the second big transfer move ahead
of the next season of the Caribbean
The move follows the seismic shift
of batting superstar Chris Gayle from
defending champions Jamaica Talla-
wahs to the emerging St. Kitts Patriots
Smith played for the Guyana Amazon
Warriors in this year's CPL, the region's
premier Twenty20 tournament, a move
that was met with great consternation
in his native Barbados.
The 33-year-old all-rounder was the
third highest scorer with 279 runs for
the Warriors however, helping them
to reach the Final, where they lost to
"It's great to be back with the Tri-
dents," said Smith, who spent the first
three years of the fledgling CPL with the
franchise based in his native Barbados.
"I'm sure the fans will be also. Let's hope
the runs are plenty like 2014."
Smith had his best season in the CPL
during the 2014 tournament, amassing
353 runs at an average 44.12, highlighted
by two memorable centuries at Kens-
ington Oval against St. Lucia Zouks (110
not out) and the Amazon Warriors (104
not), helping the Tridents win the title.
"It's great to have Dwayne back with
us," said Tridents captain Kieron Pol-
lard. "Dwayne has been instrumental
in our best performances and he will be
crucial in our plans to win the champi-
onship next year."
Thomas' hurdles clinic sparks interest
Mikel Thomas, a three-time Olympian and na-
tional 110 metres record-holder, drew the attention
of some 30 athletes and coaches to "Learn By Do-
ing" Hurdles Clinic on Tuesday held at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo.
The one-day session was led by Thomas, along with
clinicians Shayne Cooper and Antonia Burton and they
interacted with a mixed group of experienced and novice
athletes, who were eager and receptive to the variety of
drills delivered by the coaches, in the technical discipline.
For Thomas, the clinic was a chance for him to utilise
his time at home after 15 years of not spending the hol-
"The clinic is an opportunity to give back, plant and
water some seeds to hopefully lay down a foundation for
future athletes to do bigger and greater things," he said.
Given the turnout at such short notice, the 2015 Pan Am
silver medallist was encouraged and hopes to build on the
success of the clinic by making it an annual activity and
by inviting some of his international competitors in the
event to add depth and prestige.
Thomas confessed that to be a hurdler, one needs to
have a "loose screw because it's risky".
He said, "You're talking about an event where you go
at an object ten times at full speed so you do need a little
bravery but for athletes that have good speed but aren't
fast enough for the 100m or 200m, it's a good event to
Despite the regional and world medals T&T has earned in
the long and short versions of the event, Thomas laments
that athletes aren't being introduced to it locally. This
point was echoed by Cooper, a former national athlete,
who agreed that coaches have a difficult time introducing
hurdling because the athletes themselves are attracted
more to the "glitz and glamour of a 100m rather than
being involved in a sport that could help them improve
Cooper believes that coaches must stand firm and be
honest with their athletes about their potential but he was
impressed with the talent pool at the clinic, calling them a
'green group' that is ready for grooming and development
from the next few years.
On his plans for next year, Thomas admitted to having
a rough season, with the pressure of the Olympics being
the hurdle he couldn't overcome. Although he says he
'lost the fun of it' this year, Thomas is energised by the
enthusiasm of the young athletes he interacted with at
the clinic and is confident of making the national team
for the World Championships.
He said, "I would love to see the World final with me in
it and it being an all sub-13 race...may the best chest win!"
The Sports Company lent its support to the inaugural
clinic and as such is always prepared to assist national
athletes with their ambitions to give back and contribute
to the process of inspiring future Olympians from T&T.
Dwayne Smith moves back to Barbados Tridents from Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL.
Olympian hurdler Mikel Thomas demonstrates a drill movement to the athletes as coach Antonia Burton, right, looks on during the
hurdles clinic at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo on Tuesday.
Olympian hurdler Mikel Thomas, second from right, monitors the athletes as they go through another drill with hurdles during the
Learn by Doing clinic at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo on Tuesday.
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