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Brian Lewis has been unanimously elected as
chairman of the Caribbean Association of Nation-
al Olympic Committees (CANOC) in Barranquil-
la in Colombia yesterday.
Lewis, the head of the Trinidad and Tobago
Olympic Committee (TTOC), was the only can-
didate for the position following the withdrawal
of the Dominican Republic's José Joaquín Puello,
who claimed he had submitted an application for
the role by mistake.
He will serve as CANOC chairman until next
year as he will complete the term of Barbados'
Lewis has been in interim charge of the organ-
isation since he was elected to replace Stoute at
CANOC's Annual General Meeting in Guadeloupe
in October. Last week's election took place at an
Extraordinary General Assembly (EGM), alongside
the Central America and Caribbean Sports Orga-
nization General Assembly.
"I look forward to continuing to work with my
colleagues to create a sustainable future for the
Caribbean Olympic Movement," Lewis said.
"It is an honour to be entrusted with the role.
As Olympic leaders, we in the Caribbean can make
a positive difference.
"We are determined to better serve Caribbean
Olympic athletes and the youth and young people
of the region through sport and Olympism.
"For all the challenges we face, it is an exciting
time of great opportunity. In unity is our strength.
Our strength is our unity."
Lewis was the sole candidate for the role fol-
lowing Puello's withdrawal in bizarre circumstanc-
es. Dominican Republic Olympic Committee (COD)
officials supposedly applied on the mistaken
assumption that it was part of his separate appli-
cation for the Pan American Sports Organization
Puello's own signature was on the official nom-
ination form, which made clear it was an appli-
cation for the position of CANOC chairman, but
a letter to the Nominations Committee claimed
they "mistook the CANOC nomination form as
part of the procedures set for the PASO elections."
"Steve Stoute did tremendous work and put
down a great foundation. I again extend on behalf
of CANOC our sincere and heartfelt gratitude,"
Lewis said of his predecessor.
"CANOC has built an excellent reputation under
Mr Stoute and we intend to build on his work.
"I have a lot of confidence in the Olympic sport
leaders within CANOC. We are maturing and
evolving as an organisation. CANOC has tremen-
dous potential and it's our duty, responsibility and
obligation to deliver on that."
SSCL END OF YEAR AWARDS FUNCTION
Lion's share for
T&T's Brian Lewis PHOTO: (Trinidad Guardian)
Top secondary schools cricketers of the year for 2016 pose with members of the
Secondary Schools Cricket committee.
Gereeb Louis, of Mason Hall Secondary,
receives his award from the secretary of
Secondary Schools Cricket League.
Chairman of Tobago Zone Cricket Committee
Glenroy Irvine presents cricketer of the year
Miguel Quashie with his trophy.
Speyside High school walked away
with the lion's share of awards at the
Tobago Secondary Schools Cricket
League presentation ceremony last
Monday at the conference room of the
Division of Education, Youth Affairs
and Sport, Dutch Fort, Scarborough.
Miguel Quashie led the way by copping
the Cricketer of the Award.
Quashie, who bowls off-spin, grabbed
the most wickets (18) in the tournament.
His schoolmate Konnel Jacob was named
as one of the three Cricketers of the
Speyside also took home the Cham-
pions Trophy for both the League and
Super Sixes tournament. Kern McDon-
ald was named Player of the Match in
the final of the Super Sixes.
Other awards on the day went to
Mason Hall's Gereeb Louis, who got the
most runs (277) and was included in the
top three Cricketers of the Year.
The girls weren't to be left out either.
Celeine Loraine, of Mason Hall Sec-
ondary and Shevon Persad, of Pentecos-
tal Light and Life, were the female Crick-
eters of the Year. Loraine was also
player of the Super Sixes final won by
her school. They were, however, runner's
up to Speyside High School in the league.
SSCL first vice president Shiraz
Mohammed, in delivering the feature
address, reminded the audience of crick-
eters that their best days in their life are
schools days. He urged the young crick-
eters to set goals, work hard, be disci-
plined and persevere. Mohammed spoke
of a number of opportunities now avail-
able to cricketers. However he said he
was disappointed that not enough Toba-
go players are getting picked for the
various national secondary school teams.
Mohammed pleaded with the cricketers
to put their best foot forward, as they
plan to a select a secondary school team
for a trip to England for the boys and
Canada for the girls later this year.
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