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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Alistair Espinoza and Jada Renales
were on Sunday voted the T&T
Badminton Association’s Players
of the Year at the 2017 Prize-giving
Ceremony at the National Cycling
Centre (NCC) in Balmain, Couva.
In the two major tournaments
held annually—the Solo Champi-
onships and the TTBA Nationals
for 2017, Espinoza was the stand
out player among the Men, win-
ning the Singles, Doubles and
Mixed Doubles titles in both.
Renales on the other hand cap-
tured the Doubles in both tour-
naments, as well as the Mixed
Doubles in the Nationals, when
she teamed up with Espinoza,
to be the preferred choice over
Solange Guzman, a triple crown
winner at the Nationals and both
singles winner at the Solo cham-
Contacted yesterday Rahul
Rampersad, the TTBA president
said the Awards and Benevolent
Committee picked Renales as the
winner of the top women’s award.
By virtue of winning the top
awards, both Espinoza and Re-
nales will be the association’s rep-
resentatives at the First Citizens
Sports Foundation Awards.
There were also top awards on
the night for Renaldo Sinanan,
T’Shelle Barnes, Travis Sinanan
and Nadav Singh. Sinanan (Re-
naldo) was adjudged the Junior
Player of the Year after retaining
his Under-19 title, while Barnes
won gold medals at the CARE-
BACO Championships for her
Sinanan was named the best
Under-13 player and Singh, the
best Under-11 player for the year.
Meanwhile, Martijn van Doore-
malen, a former national head
coach and Technical Director of
the Dutch Badminton Associa-
tion is scheduled to facilitate high
performance coaching education
sessions, as well as visit clubs and
schools to identify potential bad-
minton talent in the country this
The Dutchman has been here in
T&T on the invitation of the TTBA
and will work with the national
squad, both to assess the capacity
of the players and to work with
local coaches to impart his exper-
tise and best practices to produce
He has coached athletes under
his stewardship to 55 medals at
World Championships, Euro-
pean Championships and Olym-
pic Games. A release from the
Badminton Association yester-
day stated that he will also hold
a series of meetings with TTBA
executives, and officials from the
Ministry of Sports and the T&T
Olympic Committee, as the asso-
ciation seeks to elevate the stand-
ards of play within the badminton
The Dutch coach is expected to
wing out January 21. Apart from
being a head coach in his coun-
try, van Dooremalen was a Coun-
cil Member of the International
Badminton Federation from 1993
2005; Chair Working Group for
World Ranking and International
Events of the International Bad-
minton federation 1993 - 2005
and has been an Initiator of the
Badminton World Ranking from
1993 to present.
LINCOLN—West Indies warmed
up for the defence of their ICC
Under-19 World Cup title by
brushing aside minnows Papua
New Guinea by eight wickets, in
their first official warm-up match
The reigning World champions
restricted Papua New Guinea to
105 all out in the 42nd over before
racing to their target in the 23rd,
to make a winning start to their
Bhaskar Yadram slammed an
unbeaten 37 from 23 deliveries
while opener Keagan Simmons
and (23) and captain Emmanuel
Stewart (21) produced patient in-
nings in support.
Earlier choosing to bat first
at Lincoln Green, Papua New
Guinea were undermined by left-
arm spinners Jeavor Royal (2-4)
and Ashmeade Nedd (2-10), along
with off-spinner Alick Athanaze
(2-15), all of whom picked up two
Opener Igo Mahuru top-scored
with 22 while Ovia Sam chipped
in with 21, combining in the best
stand of the innings by adding 28
for the third wicket.
Royal claimed Mahuru and
Athanaze accounted for Sam as
Papua New Guinea slipped to 70
for eight in the 32nd over – a po-
sition from which they never re-
covered. In their run chase, West
Indies Under-19s suffered an early
setback when the free-scoring
Kimani Melius was lbw to left-arm
swing bowler James Tau off the
fifth ball of the innings without
However, Simmons struck
two fours in a 43-ball knock and
Stewart, three boundaries in a
53-ball innings, rebuilding the
innings patiently in a 52-run, sec-
ond wicket stand. When Stewart
was stumped off off-spinner Boge
Arua in the 16th over, Yadram ar-
rived to dominate the remainder
of the innings in two small but
West Indies take on Zimbabwe
in their second official warm-up
on Wednesday at the same venue
here, before their Group A prelim-
inary campaign clash with hosts
New Zealand in Mount Maunga-
nui on January 13. (CMC)
At times I don’t think people ap-
preciate how tough T&T can be.
This is a place where people tear
you down simply because you
may not be like them.
That may be based on the col-
our of your skin or your address.
There is so much us and them.
As we start a new year and the
struggle gets more pronounced it
will become even more a priority
that the temptation to become
over protective will set in.
It’s becoming harder and harder
to dance around the obvious and
to tolerate rank nonsense. If we
have to make a modicum of pro-
gress not significant progress we
have to rock the boat hard.
There are people who are flat
out impediments to the transfor-
mation that is required and by tol-
erating them and their antics the
entire transformation and mod-
ernisation of sport is endangered.
In the current economic cli-
mate where obtaining funding is
not as easy as it was in the days
of plenty, a sense of urgency is
required. National sport organi-
sations must act and act fast be-
cause this is certainly not a time
to waste time and resources.
Decisions have to be made and
Sport in T&T must dig deep, no
hypocrisy, no pulling of punches
as 2018 will present all kinds of
challenges. The bottom line is
given the situation it’s survival
business for sports as it is for any
other sector of the economy.
The national sport organisa-
tions that are strategically sharp
and organized will overcome and
thrive in the chaos of the dire eco-
It’s is going to be an unforgiv-
ing landscape and its likely to get
much worse before it gets better.
That having been said, it’s going
to be a period when great achieve-
ments will be forged in the face of
all the challenges.
As we walk into the belly of the
fire there is an adrenaline rush of
excitement for those who are bat-
tle ready. Let the battle begin.
Economic challenges can be an
equaliser as side by side regard-
less of colour, creed or race each
of us face the choice- be vulnera-
ble alone or be stronger together.
As difficult as things maybe it
is a great time to seize on the op-
portunity to bring out the best in
Let the battle begin.
Man the battle stations. Be
ready don’t drop the ball. This is
the opportunity to emerge better
Let the battle begin. Be ready..
There is no turning back the
hands of the clock.
Forward ever, backward never.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Brian Lewis is the the
President of the T&T Olympic Committee
(TTOC) and the views expressed as not
necessarily those of the organisation.
Jada Renales – voted TTBA
top Woman Player for 2017.
Dutch coach Martijn van
Dooremalen is here to conduct high
performance coaching education.
badminton top players
Change, adapt or
get out of the way
WI brush aside PNG in warm-up
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