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250 swimmers seek
Top local swimmers will dive into
action today at the start of the Na-
tional Short Course Championships.
Some 250 swimmers from 15
clubs from T&T will compete for top
honours over the next four days at
the National Aquatic Centre in Bal-
main, Couva. This afternoon the
meet begins at 6 pm with heats and
continues tomorrow also from 6 pm
with the opening ceremony lead-
ing off the evening’s events before
swimmers face off in their respective
On both Saturday and Sunday, the
first race on each day, will be at 9.15
am until noon, then later on the ac-
tion restarts at 5.30 pm. Admission
on each day is $20.
There were speculations as to
whether the facility would be ready
for the final short course meet for
the year to be hosted by the Ama-
teur Swimming Association of T&T
(ASATT) but its president Wendell
Lai Hing yesterday put all fears to
rest concerning the venue.
“The pool was down for mainte-
nance but all systems are go,” said
Lai Hing. “I was there two hours ago
and the maintenance work is com-
pleted. The competition pool and
the warmup pool are all done.
“The Sport Company (Sportt) staff
picked up where the contractors
had left off. The equipment were
tested and are ready for competition
which starts tomorrow (today).
Leading swimmers Jeron Thomp-
son, Kael Yorke, Zarek Wilson,
Nicholi Blackman and Graham Cha-
toor and among the girls, Deshor Ed-
wards, Jahmia Harley and Jada Chai
will seek to touch the wall first in
their respective events also hoping
to improve on their times.
The competition will fall into
three categories including the boys
and girls 10 and Under age-group, 11
years and over and Masters, which
caters for swimmers over the age of
25 for men and women.
“The Masters category was in-
cluded to encourage more swim-
mers to compete,” said Lai Hing.
“We had swimmers participate at
FINA World Masters Swimming
Championships in Budapest, Hun-
gary earlier this year like Danielle
Cozier. She will not be competing
at this year’s event but she wants to
give back so she will be assisting.”
Cozier emerged the highest
ranked athlete of the 12 athletes aged
27 to 63 that represented T&T at the
World event that took place in Au-
gust. She competed in the age 50m
backstroke for age 50 -54 and placed
eighth and 15th in both the 50 free-
style and 50 butterfly.
Marlins, Tidal Wave Blue Dolphin,
Atlantis, Tsunami, Sea Hawks, Flying
Fish and YMCA Tobago are some of
the clubs that will be participating in
each of the four swim style including
freestyle (50m, 100m, 200m, 800m
and 1,500m), breaststroke (50m,
100m, 200m, backstroke (50m,
100m, 200m) and butterfly (50m,
100m, 100m) and 200m and 400m
Individual Medley at the 25-metre
Clubs have also been encouraged
to provide a relay team for 4x50m
and 4x100m freestyle and medley
Medals will be awarded for first,
second and third places in all events
and placings from four to eight will
be presented ribbons for their par-
ticipation. Trophies will be awarded
to the overall first, second and third
placed swimmers, for male and fe-
male competitors in all categories.
Trini finishes 33rd marathon after heart attack
Running a marathon is a challenge
in itself, getting selected for the larg-
est marathon in the world is another,
and in the 47 years of it’s existence,
partaking 33 times is nothing short of
phenomenal. Now what about after
a heart attack.
Last November Trinbagonian Dr
Everold Hosein was running his
32nd NYC Marathon but quit after
9 miles (14.6 km); he was running
of out of breath too frequently and
was at the very back of the pack of
No chest pains; just going out of
breath too quickly. Two days later
he found out he was having a heart
attack and got a stent and a pace-
maker. The attending cardiologist
said, “Your next Marathon should
be faster!”, well, his 33rd Marathon
was not faster but it was slow and
steady, he completed it in 7 hours
40 minutes, his fastest was 4 hour 22
minutes 30 years ago.
Trinidadian Dr. Hosein is a Senior
Communication Consultant with the
United Nations World Health Organ-
ization (WHO) and works on getting
people to exercise as a major strat-
egy for reducing the incidence of di-
abetes and cardiovascular diseases.
He is also an Adjunct Professor at
New York University.
Asked why did he feel he needed
to run a full Marathon after a heart
attack, Dr. Hosein said, “I suppose
I wanted to see what the heart was
capable of after a heart attack.
“The doctors said my heart was in
good condition and that was due to
my years of running. The heart at-
tack caused no damage to the heart.
I definitely wanted to keep on jog-
ging, and my 33rd NYC marathon be-
came my goal. My training was going
well. And I thought we’ll see how
the heart deals with the Marathon. It
performed superbly. The marathon
was a bit wet but nice temperature.
And I felt fine throughout the 7 hours
Dr Hosein stressed the impor-
tance of exercise for good health.
“I hope we can get more folks in
Trinidad and Tobago to at least walk
30 minutes a day five days a week.
It is our only hope for reducing dia-
betes and cardio vascular diseases in
Cardiovascular disease is one of
the leading causes of death in Trin-
idad and Tobago, according to the
He cautioned however: “If you
have had a heart attack, talk to your
doctor about how much exercise is
appropriate and whether a Mara-
thon is appropriate!”
The next morning after the Mara-
thon Dr. Hosein was flying to Uganda
for an assignment with the Govern-
ment of Uganda.
Ironically, Dr. Hosein who was
born in California, Trinidad, and
attended Presentation College, San
Fernando, never took part in any
sporting activities except one game
Gray on Level
Former West Indies fast bowler An-
thony Gray left T&T on Wednesday
to take apart in the Cricket West In-
dies (CWI)/ECB Level III coaching
programme as a presenter.
The programme which features
25 regional coaches from all six ter-
ritories and the ICC Americas, all of
whom already have the Level 2 cer-
Some of the areas of focus during
the eight-day programme will be
decision-making, captaincy, indi-
viduality for coach and player, team
coaching and leadership, to name a
few. Video analysis is also a key area.
The course will be completed
when final individual assessments
are carried out in February 2018.
The lead tutor from the ECB is
Tim Dellor and he will be accompa-
nied by seven other colleagues. The
course will take place at the Cool-
idge Cricket Ground.
Gray said: “I am happy to be part
of this exercise because I am fiercely
loyal to West Indies cricket.
“I have been asked to participate
on Friday and speak on what made
West Indian fast bowlers so great.
“The guys who structured this
programme said it would be great to
hear about the greatness and what
created that for our fast bowlers. It
is great to see so many guys reach
the Level III and this augurs well for
West Indies cricket.”
T&T swimmers Jeron Thompson, left, and Kael Yorke pose for a photo.
Dr Hosein at the finish with his NYC
Marathon Finisher’s Medal.
Dr. Hosein at the 17th Mile Mark in the NYC Marathon
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