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Two Bajan cyclists knocked down
Barbadian cyclists Jamol Eastman
and Edwin Sutherland were knocked
down early yesterday morning as they
were practicing for the coming Elite
Pan American Senior Track Cycling
Championships to be held at the Na-
tional Cycling Centre in Balmain Cou-
va.Eastman who has been a dominant force
in local road racing, received massive head
injuries when he was struck by a maxi taxi
that was overtaking traffic on the on the
Chaguaramas Main Road about 9 am yes-
terday in the vicinity of RBC.
He was up to press time last night still
awaiting a CT scan at the St James Medical
His countryman Sutherland received mi-
nor bruises to his hand and legs, but both
their bicycles were completely destroyed.
Both riders represent local club Heatwave.
The accident prompted a call by Robert
Farrier, the T&T Cycling Federation presi-
dent for motorists to take extra-precaution
while on the nation's roads, as this country
will be the host for the Elite Pan Am from
August 30 to September 3.
Farrier said: "As of yesterday, the country
will experience an influx of cyclists and
their management teams for the next week
or so, for the Elite Pan Am, so I am plead-
ing on motorists to exercise extreme pre-
caution. Over 300 riders will be expected
and they will be using the nation's roads
The local cycling boss wished the riders
a speedy recovery but urged motorists to
share the roads with his cyclists.
Only last year the country's top female
rider Keiana Lester had to undergo emer-
gency surgery to repair a dislocated hip she
sustained in an accident on the SS Erin
Road during a routine practice ride.
'Queen' to rule at Yarmy?
Trogon has a 'special' look in the
five-runner Novice Stakes over seven
furlongs of 'good to firm' Brighton
today, it's always exciting napping
a runner trained by Mick Channon!
As a 'super-star' International foot-
baller (capped 46 times for England!)
Mick created excitement and fascina-
tion with his unorthodox individuality
and he's transmitted the character to our
enigmatic English racing scene; you can
bet his runners are always doing their best
or, as he would say, 'why bother?'
Following a somewhat fallow spell,
which always seems to happen mid-sum-
mertime, Mick's yard has taken off this
month and he's even eked another out
of Milton Road, winner of a seller a few
'They are are all for sale' said Mick last
year but I'll bet owners will want a decent
price if the aforementioend Leroidesani-
maux colt makes it third time lucky under
Pat Dobbs, part of the 'furniture' for the
racing family Hannon who, incidental-
ly, brought Channon into racing, as an
Trogon is clear 'best-in' on the
time-handicap and with two places
available is worth playing as an each-
way double with Queen Adelaide in the
six-runner Novice Auction Stakes over
a mile of Kempton polytrack.
Thrice-raced We Are The World is an
obvious choice and likely favourite but
Queen Adelaide improved considerably
for her debut experience; it certainly wont
be a surprise if John Ryan's charge causes
one under Fran Berry.
Evening meetings are now turning into
'twilight' with Autumn approaching and
Yarmouth kicks off late afternoon with a
seven-runner Fillies' Novice Stakes over
the straight mile on a 'good to firm' sur-
face; an opportunity for William Hag-
gas-trained Give And Take to build on
an encouraging 'first-up' effort, when
second at Ascot over a furlong less twen-
ty-five days ago.
A clutch of 'fashionable' yards is in op-
position but William can take of himself
at any level and this really should be just
a question of 'give' then 'take' your win-
TTOC steps it up
for gender equality
Sport is a "Man's
World". How then do
we accelerate gender
parity, unmask un-
conscious biases and
Martin Luther King
Jr once said: "Human
progress is neither au-
tomatic nor inevitable;
it requires the tireless
exertions and passion-
ate concern of dedicated
The T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) elected
in April, a gender balanced executive committee
and in January rolled out the "Future is Female
Project". What was the motivation and how did
The gender parity transformation is built on
three pillars---Be the change you want to see; Equal
means equal; Action speaks louder than words.
It is driven by a sense of purpose to breaking
down barriers...shattering the glass ceiling.
Why a TTOC gender balanced executive com-
The political will to drive change must begin at
the top. There must be a commitment from those
who hold the reins of power to walk the talk. If
those who can make a difference choose for what-
ever reasons to run from the responsibility, the
change that is needed will not happen.
There are cultural factors that impede progress
towards greater parity. In many societies, there are
deep-rooted gender stereotypes about the role of
women as "caregivers" and men as "breadwinners".
Recently while doing desk research on gender
equality and gender parity, I came across an essay
by Vyacheslav Polonski, a network scientist. He
is involved in the World Economic Forum and it's
global shaper community. Polanski suggested put
forward for implementing the following five steps
towards greater gender parity in the work place:
• Systematically gather data to establish com-
mon ground for a discussion of gender inequality.
Gender parity metrics can in fact, contribute to
more open dialogue and a conversation that is
based on facts, rather than speculation.
• Change culture to eliminate gender stereotypes
associated with work-life balance programmes.
This entails promoting gender-neutral flexible ca-
reer paths and actively encouraging all employees
to take advantage of these opportunities.
• Modify the performance review process to
prevent structural disadvantages for people who
seize work-life balance opportunities. At the same
time, remind team leaders not to penalise employ-
ees for their needed level of additional flexibility.
• Keep searching for potential recruits until gen-
der balanced is reached. Instead of implementing
rigid quotas, continue to look for great candidates
until there are an equal number of male and female
candidates in the talent pool.
• Finally and most importantly, make gender
parity a strategic objective for the organisation.
The top-down commitment to addressing this
issue is imperative, because it contributes to a
progressive company culture that is based on ac-
countability and equality.
While Polonski's recommendations may appear
to apply to the workplace. They are also relevant
to sport organisations and other institutions.
Solving gender inequality is not a simple en-
deavour. But certainly a look at the hard facts
should provide a compelling case for taking all
necessary and reasonable steps and measures with
clear time lines.
Brian Lewis is the President of the T&T Olympic
Committee. The views expressed are not necessarily
those of the T&TOC.
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am........................ 32-19
1 pm ................................20-19
4 pm ................... .............31-30
6.30 pm............ ..................9-11
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
2-6-7-9-11 Mx: 2
21 (Mouth) 10.30 am
28 (Red Fish) 4 pm
31 (Parson Wife) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017
20 (Dog) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 5 8 10 4 27
15SICKWOMAN4 7 3 2 15
18WATERBOAT 7 7 7 4 25
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 7 1 6 19
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 6 8 3 7 24
30HOUSECAT 8 4 5 1 18
31PARSONWIFE6 7 5 7 25
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
5 (Parson Man)
28 (Red Fish)
Brighton, 11.30 Trogon (nap)
Kempton, 11.45 Queen Adelaide (e.w)
Yarmouth, 1.40 Give And Take
EDMONTON, Canada---Barbadian riding
star Rico Walcott produced a strong
ride aboard 2-1 choice Chief Know It
All to win the CAN$150 000 Canadian
Derby, in a storming three-way photo
finish here last weekend but the re-
sult could change if an appeal by rival
connections is successful.
Going 1-3/8 miles in the richest race of
the Northlands Park campaign, repelled
challenges from 6-5 favourite Trooper
John and Double Bear in a controversial
stretch battle, which saw the stewards in
the end stick with the winner despite a
The roan colt collared his three-year-
old rivals by half length in a time of two
minutes, 17:06 seconds.
"My horse relaxed nicely the whole
way," Walcott said afterwards. "When
the other two horses came up on me he
picked up the bit again."
However, the connections of Trooper
John and Double Bear were left fuming
at the stewards' decision to overturn an
objection following the finish.
Double Bear, with Jamaican Dane Nelson
aboard, posted the early fractions with
Captain Will stalking from second and
Chief Know It All and Trooper John--rid-
den by Trinidadian Keishan Balgobin--just
off the pace.
In a heated stretch run, the connec-
tions of both Double Bear and Trooper
John argued that Chief Know It All had
repeatedly caused interference.
Double Bear's trainer, Rod Cone, con-
firmed the planned appeal.
Nelson contended he had been impeded
on a couple of occasions by Walcott and
Chief Know It All.
Trooper John's trainer, Tim Rycroft, also
lodged his strong complaint.
Walcott's victory marked his fourth in
the Derby following wins in 2010 with
No Hesitation and in 2013 and 2014 with
Broadway Empire Edison respectively.
Walcott wins controversial Derby
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