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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 guardian.co.tt
Last Saturday, Pres-
entation College, San
Fernando, opened its re-
furbished squash court.
There for the cutting of
the ribbon and official
opening was President
Anthony Carmona, Attor-
ney General Faris Al-Ra-
wi and Darryl White, RBC
Royal Bank T&T manag-
ing director, all past students.
Also present was the president of the T&T Squash
Association (TTSA), Diane Julien.
On that same day the T&T Olympic Committee
(TTOC) held its career workshop for the athlete
seeking to represent T&T at the upcoming Com-
monwealth Youth Games in Bahamas, while there
were a number of events taking place including the
National Association Athletic Administration (NAAA)
Some 40 athletes between the ages 14 and 18 years
turned up at Olympic House to interact on topics such
as mental preparation, anti doping, media training
and sport science. The youngsters were very engaged
and attentive and their enthusiasm was noticeable.
Going back to the squash court, what gave me sig-
nificant food for thought were the words expressed
by the trio of Presentation College past students at
the refurbished squash courts. Notwithstanding their
success in their chosen careers and they had reached
the high point of leadership, influence and authority
in the legal and banking world.
What was crystal clear, and those present were left
in no doubt, was the indelible positive mark that the
holistic education they received at Presentation Col-
lege with sports playing an integral role spoke volumes
as a testament of the transformative power of sport.
School principal Dexter Mitchell expressed com-
mitment and recognition that the role of sport stood
out. Like all who have enjoyed their school days, firm
friends were made and fond memories, sport is in-
But given the difficult economic challenge T&T is
facing and with cutbacks on many fronts negatively
impacting sport and sport organisations, it was en-
couraging to hear his excellency President Carmona,
Al-Rawi and White, acknowledge the positive impact
The effort of Presentation to keep sports as a key
pillar of the college's education and school life is not
to be taken lightly. Located on Carib Street, the choice
to remain loyal to sport, is a laudable one.
It's not only about winning Olympic medals but
of even greater importance and impact is instilling a
love for physical activity that will positively impact
One can expect that TTSA will embrace the oppor-
tunity to engage and work with Presentation College
to make San Fernando and the college a squash hub.
As the legendary actor Paul Newman reminded when
he said, "A man can only be judged by his actions and
not by his good intentions of his beliefs."
Action speaks louder than words. The current
economic challenges ought not to deter efforts to
ensure the student population in every primary and
secondary school across the twin island republic have
access to and the opportunity to participate in sports,
physical activity and physical education. It ought not
to hit and miss.
Given surveys and research showing that obesity is
a serious issue there is a bigger picture that is crying
out for attention and focus. Investing in sports, phys-
ical education and physical activity in our nation's
schools will bring a significant return on investment
no matter the yardstick that may be used.
Sport, physical education and physical activity will
make a positive difference to the children and youth
that spend a lot of their time going the school.
Editor's Note: Brian Lewis is the president of the T&T
Olympic Committee and the views expressed are not
those of the organisation.
Initiative and others worth taking
Take Initiative today in division one
of a 2-y-o Novice Auction Stakes over
six furlongs of 'soft' Salisbury, where
both legs should be intriguing and in-
formative; the late, great, twenty-six
times champion jockey, Sir Gordon
Richards, simply loved riding juveniles
on this picturesque course and little has
changed over the past century. Stone-
henge is still nearby!
Good ground conditions are key and
though they tend to over-water somewhat
this Wiltshire course drains superbly on
a galloping circuit which lends itself to
easy-moving youngsters; some greats have
started out there, one was Mill Reef!
Aongside my own Cragside, whose stride
was enormous, Mill Reef was my idea of
watching poetry in motion; coincidentally
both were neat types, just under sixteen
'Big horse, big problem' is my contention;
smaller-type thoroughbreds (and humans!)
aren't plagued with physical injuries to an-
ything like the same extent as taller race-
horses, which isn't surprising.
Initiative was a 20/1 chance on debut over
six furlongs of Newmarket last month but
this Excelebration colt belied the odds with
a splendid effort, finishing second to our
winning nap, Red Roman, one of the best
in Charles Hills' yard and, apparently, Royal
Others from 'Faringdon' pencilled-in
for the five-day(s) bonanza next week are
Magical Memory, Nebo and Cotai Glory; one
of these days the last-named will spring a
major surprise, just a pity badly injured
George Baker is no longer available to ride
this magnificent, long-striding beast.
Aquadabra is on a retrieving mission in
division two and given the fact trainer Mick
Channon had two winners Sunday with 50/1
shot, Best Of Love, and our 2-y-o selection,
Milton Road, I'm confident of a prominent
display from this Born To Sea filly, third in
all three races to date and advantaged by a
5lbs sex allowance.
Hills, incidentally, runs once-raced
Elizabeth Bennet tonight in a 2-y-o Fillies
Novice Stakes over six furlongs of Lingfield
polytrack, mount of James Doyle.
They look a winning combination, not one
to oppose without good reason.
EDITOR'S NOTE: On Sunday, both MILTON
ROAD (7/4) and LIGHTENING DANCE (2/1)
won, landing an 8/1 double!!
Mirkana, left, with jockey Neptali Ortiz up, runs away from his challengers A Fleeting Moment, with apprentice jockey Rico Hernandez in
the saddle and Sorayah, ridden by Yosenyer Serrano, during Race 3 for three-year-old horses going 1,500 metres at Santa Rosa Park,
Arima, on Saturday. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am.......................... 5-34
1 pm .................................21-16
4 pm ................... .............34-31
6.30 pm............ ................. 2-15
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
9-10-12-17-18 Mx: 3
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30 am
3 (Carriage) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
30 (House Cat)
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
5 (Parson Man) 6.30 pm
36 (Donkey) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 6 8 3 20
15SICKWOMAN3 4 1 1
18WATERBOAT 6 3 5 4 18
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 0 5 16
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 5 1 5 16
30 HOUSE CAT
31PARSONWIFE4 5 3 6 18
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
Salisbury, 11.00 Initiative (nap-e.w)
11.30 Aquadabra (e.w)
Lingfield, 5.20 Elizabeth Bennet (e.w)
Keeping our children
Absolutely So set
Absolutely So is heading for the Lennox
Stakes at Glorious Goodwood following
his victory at Haydock on Saturday.
Andrew Balding has for some time
had the Group Two over seven furlongs
in mind for the seven-year-old, who
confirmed his place with a battling half-
length verdict over Jallota in the John of
The Kingsclere handler said: "He's
come out of it great. The plan was always
to have a look at the Lennox Stakes and I
think that is the most likely target.
"He won't run until then."
Blond Me might take on the colts in
the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on July 8
after she sprang a surprise in the Group
Two Middleton Stakes at York last month.
The 10-furlong summer showpiece is
one of the possibilities for the five-year-
old filly, who was the outsider of four
when she outpointed The Black Princess
by a length and a quarter in the Group
Two on the Knavesmire.
"She's in great form. We've go to dis-
cuss plans with her owner, but we've got
some ideas," said Balding.
"There's the Eclipse and we've also got
a Group One option in Germany, so we'll
have a look at those and play it by ear."
RACE 3 (DAY 17)
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