Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 25th 2017 Contents How do we start living an
awesome life? When will we
stop doubting our greatness?
No matter what motivates you,
there will always be emotional
enemies lurking in the corners of
your mind waiting to distract and
demoralise you. The three major
culprits are fear, uncertainty and
doubt. Those three live inside of
you and keep you from trying to
achieve your dreams.
Jim Rohn said success is nothing
more than a few simple disciplines
practiced every day.
I believe in making impossible
things possible. Many of us un-
derestimate what we can achieve
and no matter what, once we have
courage each of us can overcome
our personal demons and short-
We must have a brave heart and
persevere in finding our direction
and purpose. We must choose op-
timism and have the inner hunger
and drive. No amount of education,
experience or connections can car-
ry you through the setbacks that
Without a powerful why, no goal
can withstand disappointment or
Every day ask yourself why do I
want it? It was said that Alexander
the Great ordered his ships burned.
Telling his men we go home in Per-
sian ships or we die. The lesson is
that raising the stakes in the face of
overwhelming odds most times will
motivate the likelihood of success.
The "Burning the boats" attitude
isn't for everybody but when faced
with a choice between victory and
certain defeat it fosters an indom-
itable mindset. There's really no
excuse; it's just how badly do you
In the sea of darkness we must
want to inspire other people to be
the light. Our yardstick is the op-
portunities we create for others and
the lives you touched positively.
It's so easy to give up, given the
relentless barrage of negativity
surrounding us. You hit the wall of
despair so hard that it leaves you
feeling empty and drained but the
sheer belief in a brighter future and
the huge and limitless potential of
the youth and young people of T&T
is your North Star.
This is a battle that can only be
won if the sheer courage to not give
up is unassailable.
In deciding to seek re-election
for a second term as T&T Olym-
pic Committee (TTOC) and T&T
Commonwealth Games Associa-
tion president, I had to give serious
thought about the future of sport
and the Olympic and Common-
wealth sport movement in T&T.
It makes no sense in my view
seeking office for seeking it sake.
Leaders must want to be im-
pactful and to make service and
stewardship their litmus test.
What is power and authority
So as the TTOC moves forward
to Tokyo 2020 and beyond we wel-
come new faces on to the executive
committee. A historic gender-bal-
anced TTOC and TTCGA executive
committee has been elected.
The next four years will present
new challenges. The bottom line is
that a sustainable future requires
sport organisations to attract in-
dividuals who have a fundamen-
tal belief in volunteerism and the
willingness to embrace change and
In the past it was a well worn
saying that Rome wasn't built in
a day. The 21st century reality is
that Rome was built and destroyed
in a month.
The key word is now!
You have to surround yourself
with people who believe in great-
ness and are inspired, visionary,
enthusiastic about being creative
and innovative. It's an uphill battle
if you aren't surrounded by people
who act on big ideas and take action
on making positive change and see
nothing as out of their reach.
Fortune favours the brave.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Brian Lewis is
President of the T&T Olympic
Committe (TTOC) and his views
are not necessary those of the
guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Spartans host July
It's time again for young bas-
ketballers to take the spotlight at
the annual Spartans Basketball
Fiesta themed "Don't bring your
name, bring your game!", set to
unfold at the Jean Pierre Com-
plex in Mucurapo from July 7-9.
The annual affair will cater for
boys and girls basketballers in five
U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18 as they
battle for trophies and hampers.
Registration is $200.
This follows up the club's exciting
day of basketball at Maple Leaf In-
ternational School in Petit Valley on
April 2, as Spartans TT Sports Club
hosted their end of term invitational
basketball tournament. Participat-
ing in the event were Brian Chase
Academy, Edinburgh 500 Hawks,
Queen's Royal College (QRC) and
The morning began with the U-12
Spartans taking on the Hawks. With
Edinburgh 500 holding on to a nar-
row one point lead with 15 seconds
to go, Isaiah Throne stole the ball
and made good on his lay-up to give
Spartans a one point advantage.
With the quick inbound pass Ed-
inburgh's Uthman Bilal advanced
the ball up the court and was fouled
with no time on the clock. He wasn't
able to make the baskets, and Spar-
tans U-12 chalked their first victory.
Throne and Terrell Hope were the
two standout athletes from Spar-
Bilal was not done yet, as the sec-
ond game saw Spartans U-14 tak-
ing on Hawks U-14. With those two
free throws on his mind, Bilal had an
impressive game, hitting two three
pointers and a few baskets, leading
his Hawks to victory over Spartans.
At around 12.30 pm, the U-17
teams took the court which saw,
Brian Chase taking on QRC. With a
solid big three, Kobe Jones, Nwadike
Felix and Antonio Ambries, QRC
went on to win all three games to
take first place. Spartans U-17 also
had an impressive tournament with
them losing a very close encoun-
ter to QRC in the final. Hawks U-17
ended in third place and Brian
Chase finished fourth.
With over 50 plus children in the
Spartans programme, the club is fo-
cused on developing athletes from
as young as five years to 18 years,
with the fundamental skills re-
quired to excel in basketball. Spar-
tans also offers, volleyball, netball
and waterpolo with the same focus
of developing the fundamental skill
sets required to play their respect
For more information call Garvin
Warrick at 788-2323, Kemrick Ju-
lien at 355-9529, Stefan Dillon at
482-7040 or email the club at spar-
Pledge to carry
on TTOC's legacy
Members of the Spartans TT teams celebrate victory at the Spartans Sports
Club Invitational Basketball Tournament at Maple Leaf International School
on April 2. PHOTO: COURTESY SPARTANS TT
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