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An Olympic medal still re-
mains out of reach for women
athletes in T&T.
This has haunted T&T Olympic
Committee (TTOC) president Bri-
an Lewis way before he took over
the organisation and he is con-
sistently seeking to develop new
strategies in trying to achieve this
“In the context of women and
Olympic sport, T&T will be left
behind if we don’t up our game,”
said Lewis in a release last week.
“There are certain aspects re-
lated to women that must be in-
corporated in respect of long term
female athlete development.”
A number of athletes including
Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann
Baptiste, Semoy Hackett and
Cleopatra Borel in recent times,
have come the closest, reaching
the final round in their respective
fields but have fallen just short of
making the podium.
Lewis said: “The reality is after
70 years of TTOC and TT Olympic
history, T&T is yet to have a female
Olympic medalist and it isn’t be-
cause of a lack of talent or strong
mind or a burning desire for suc-
cess on the part of the athletes.”
Of the 32 members, which was
the highest number of delegates
this country has sent in its his-
tory to an Olympic Games, 11
were women. They were in track
and field athletes, Ahye, Hackett,
Baptiste, Reyare Thomas, Khalifa
St Fort, Kai Selvon, Janeil Bellille,
Sparkle McKnight and Cleopatra
Borel, gymnast Marisa Dick and
rower Felice Aisha Chow.
This meant that 34 per cent of
the delegates were women that
represented T&T at the games held
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.
Ahye had placed sixth both the
100 metres and 200m final at the
Rio Olympics and Veteran field
athlete Borel finished seventh out
of 12 finalists.
In London 2012, Hackett was the
first woman to qualify for the final
of an Olympic Games 200m final,
where she finished eighth.
At that event, Baptiste competed
in the 100m medal race and placed
sixth as well.
She, along with Ahye, Hack-
ett and Kai Selvon made up T&T
4x100m relay team, which reached
the final but did not finish as Ahye
did not complete the baton ex-
change to Baptiste.
“Doing what needs to be done to
give our female athletes the help
they need to translate and ele-
vate their talent to the Olympic
podium,” said Lewis on one of the
TTOC’s major goals presently.
“There are issues and problems
that cannot be ignored or denied
Lewis, who is also head of the
T&T Commonwealth Games As-
sociation and T&T Beach and Sand
Games Association, continues to
urge local athletes, women and
men, to work hard work and keep
that determination, to yield suc-
He said: “You have to want it so
badly that nothing else matters. To
represent your country you have
to want it even more. You have to
have a strong mind.
“Olympic and elite level sport
is about constant improvement
otherwise you will be left behind.”
TTSSTFA, NAAA forge partnership
Officials of the T&T Second-
ary Schools Track and Field
Association (TTSSTFA) and the
National Association of Athletic
& Administrations (NAAA) met
at the offices of the NAAA at the
Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on
The meeting of the two organi-
sations was the first in recent years
held during the sitting of a NAAA
Technical Development Committee.
The TTSSFA delegation was led by
President Phillip Allard and included
Second Vice-President Janelle Ed-
wards, Secretary Andy Joseph and
Public Relations officer Indra Rams-
The NAAA team was headed by
its president Ephraim Serrette and
included its Second Vice President
Allan Baboolal, Secretary Dexter
Voisin, Board members Durly Lucas
and Dawn Washington.
Also present were several tech-
nical officials. Among the issues
discussed were: officiating, timing,
photo finish and results, scheduling
Both parties agreed that the
officials to operate at secondary
schools track and field meets would
be trained through seminars and
Some of the workshops will be held
on the days of Development meets,
two hours before the starts of the
meets and the participants will use
the meets to do the practical aspects.
The first workshop is set to take
place at the first Development Meet
in January set for January 14. Also
agreed upon is the setting up a da-
tabase of officials from the NAAA,
Primary and Secondary Schools and
In addition, students of secondary
schools will also be trained to assist
in the event of shortage of officials
at a meet.
The NAAA has concurred to assist
with by providing its timing and pho-
to-finish system to record results.
The zonal championships will be
included on the NAAA calendar.
One of main outcomes of the
meeting is the decision of the NAAA
to sanction all the TTSSTFA meets.
Sanctioning is to be done the NAAA’s
Technical Development Committee
headed by Durly Lucas who indicated
the Committee’s availability to work
with the TTSSTFA in the formation
of its programmes.
The TTSSFA and NAAA also plan
to meet with the Ministries of Edu-
cation and Sports and Youth Affairs
to discuss the following:
(1) Modelling of the University of
the West Indies and University of
Trinidad and Tobago’s Physical Ed-
ucation (P.E.) programme to that of
the G.C. Foster Teachers College in
Jamaica with the aim of improving
the skills of of P.E. teachers;
(2) Teaching scholarships to G.C.
Foster Teachers College;
(3) Formulation of relationships
between clubs and schools in their
areas with the intention of resolving
the challenges of students are forced
to decide to compete in NAAA meets
ahead of those held by TTSSFA;
(3) Inclusion of the Primary
Schools Track and Field Association
in further discussions.
President of the T&T Track and Field Association (TTSSTFA) Phillip Allard, right, and president of the NAAA,
Ephraim Serrette at the NAAA’s annual awards at the Radisson Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain on January 7.
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