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Angela O'Garro has many roles
in basketball. Anyone familiar with
the local basketball scene will rec-
ognise the O'Garro name.
Coach Victor "Voot" O'Garro is a leg-
end for his contribution to the sport in
Cayman and his four O'Garro offspring
---Dwight, Dionne, Samuel and Shaad---
and grandchildren, Joshua and Micah,
are brilliant players. Though a little less
well known but just as significant, is the
clan's matriarch, Angela O'Garro. She is
the latest sportswoman to be featured
as one of the Department of Sport's
Honouring Women's Month honourees.
Olive Angela Charleau O'Garro re-
located to the Cayman Islands in 1995
from T&T with her husband and their
young family, following her husband's
appointment as Cayman's basketball
technical director and national coach.
Born in Point Fortin, South Trinidad,
Angela had little trouble assimilating
to her new home.
She was born into a family of athletes
and it has always played an integral part
in her life.
"It's in my genes" she said. "In my
blood and it's a way of life for me."
In Trinidad, Angela's mother was a
track athlete; her father a football icon
and her younger sister, Heather, a net-
ball player Hall of Famer and holder of
the Chaconia Gold Medal, T&T's second
O'Garro started at the age of seven
in track and field events at Point Fortin
Intermediate Roman Catholic School.
She added netball to her athletic port-
folio years later, becoming a goalkeeper
on her school team. She continued to
master the sport and eventually played
with various teams in regional and na-
O'Garro was introduced to basketball
at 17. Although the similarities between
her beloved netball and basketball al-
lowed for an easy transition, it was the
distinctions between the two that really
piqued her interest.
O'Garro admits that from the mo-
ment she realised that "everyone" could
shoot in basketball, unlike netball, she
became captivated with the new sport.
She sought to develop her skills and be-
cause of her dedication and discipline,
was selected for the T&T's national
squad for the Central American and
Caribbean (CAC) Games in 1985.
Better known in T&T and moreso in
her Point Fortin community as Angie,
O'Garro recalls that a disappointing
turn of events meant that T&T did not
attend those games, but she, nonethe-
less, remained committed to the sport.
In the two years following she was se-
lected to represent T&T in the Caricom
tournament in Trinidad where they won
gold, and the Centro Basket in Mexico
City where they won bronze.
Basketball has been a constant in her
life ever since and she maintains a fond-
ness for that sport, above all the others.
It is a fondness and common interest she
has been fortunate enough to share with
her husband since they began dating in
O'Garro did not hesitate to become
involved in the local basketball scene
when she moved here.
Whilst she played on various local
teams---Wolverines and Book Nook
Mystics---she developed a growing ap-
preciation for the support roles such
as managing, co-ordinating, officiating
and refereeing. She has been dedicated
to giving local basketball its full support
since arriving here.
O'Garro has spent the last two dec-
ades ensuring fairness, discipline and
equity are promoted in local basketball.
It's meant she has sacrificed many of
her evenings, weekends and sometimes
entire days or weeks to the sport. She has
taken on the role as chaperone, man-
ager, official and referee, and excelled
at these traditionally male-dominated
roles. Beyond those voluntary roles, she
has proven herself to be a mentor and
role model for local athletes, an unde-
niable support system for her family, an
always ready go-to person for the local
basketball association; and ultimately,
an asset to the local sports community.
Angela "Angie" O'Garro, wife of former
national standout Victor "Voot"
Members of T&T 3x3 boys team from left, Joshua Bridgewater, Ahkeem Boyd, Andrew Dookoo and Ahkeel Boyd, right, with coach Christopher Jackson
Charles, second from right, and Victor "Voot" O'Garro at the Lesser Antilles Youth 3x3 Basketball final in St Lucia on February 26. O'Garro, who is a T&T
Sports Hall of Famer and Humming Bird Medal recipient, is the technical director of basketball in the Cayman Islands.
O'Garro honoured as hoop dreams flourish
O'Garro admits that from
the moment she realised
that "everyone" could shoot
in basketball, unlike netball,
she became captivated with
the new sport.
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