Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 17th 2018 Contents A41
Saturday, February 17, 2018
NGC focuses on sports for joy
At present, young athletes and
coaches in the St George East
district are being exposed to the
fundamentals of various sports
thanks to the NGC Right on Track
(ROT) programme which was
launched recently at Larry Gomes
Stadium in Malabar, Arima.
This is the 19th year of the ROT
programme in collaboration with
the National Administration of
Athletics Administrations (NAAA)
and the National Basketball Feder-
ation of T&T (NBFTT) and with the
support of IAAF (International As-
sociation of Athletics Federations)
and FIBA (International Basketball
Federation) trained coaches.
The ROT consists of a Coach-
ing Caravan/Kids’ Athletics
programme (school and commu-
nity-based), which started in St
George East on February 3 and
runs until March 3, and will be
also taken to communities from
the eight Education Districts
St Patrick will be the next dis-
trict from March 27 to May 11 and
the Tobago and Victoria districts
will follow later in the year.
It also consists of a “Mini to
Masters Basketball” programme,
which will be school and commu-
nity-based as well.
Lisa Burkett, Manager, Corpo-
rate Communication at NGC was
on hand to deliver remarks on be-
half of the company.
“NGC’s Right On Track and
NBFTT programmes are specif-
ically structured to encourage
and facilitate the identification
of talented young athletes. Many
young athletes who are now win-
ning favour on the international
stage, had their beginnings in
these grassroots programmes,”
“Because of its broad scope,
NGC Right on Track also caters to
children who seek only to enjoy
the sport for its own sake, to make
friends and strengthen their own
bodies and minds.”
The programme is based on the
introduction of ‘run, jump, throw’
through the Kids’ Athletics Pro-
gramme and the Mini to Masters
Basketball Programme carried out
in selected schools by the NAAA
and NBFTT respectively during
the week, followed by the intro-
duction of basic track and field
and basketball skills through the
ROT programme in selected com-
munities over the weekend.
Following the launch, specially
invited students of Arima Boys’
Government, Arima Boys’ RC,
Arima Girls’ RC, El Dorado West
Secondary, El Dorado East Second-
ary and St Dominic’s Children’s
Home received a demonstration
of the programme, which will not
only benefit the children partici-
pating, but the coaches as well.
On Sunday, coaches will at-
tend basic first–aid training to
better equip them in the event of
any emergencies. A Kids Athletic
Course as well as a session on nu-
trition are planned for coaches,
Stewart eyeing CWG spot
Paralympic gold medallist Akeem Stewart
is among a number of local athletes, who
will this weekend, be aiming to book a
spot on the national track and field team
to compete at the Gold Coast Common-
wealth Games in Australia from April 4-15.
Stewart, who won double gold at
World Para Athletics Championships in
London last year, will be in action at the
Pre-Commonwealth Meet being hosted
by the National Association of Athletics
Administrations of T&T (NAAATT) at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-
Spain, starting at 10 am both today and
The event is being used to provide
a competition setting for athletes who
have not already made the Common-
wealth Games qualifying standard as
well as a sanctioned meet in prepara-
tion for athletes who have made the
qualifying standard but are unable to
participate in meaningful competition.
Stewart only last month at the Joseph
Payne Memorial Athletics Classic in Bar-
bados, met the Commonwealth Games
standard of 58 metres in the men’s dis-
The hummingbird medal recipient
threw the discus 59.72m to win the
event and also topped the shot put with
a heave of 18.41m. The qualifying stand-
ard for that event is 18.50m.
Sprinter Kyle Greaux and hurdler Ja-
neil Bellille are also among some 175
entries that will participate in 40 events
Each trying to represent T&T and be
part of the excitement at the Carrara
Stadium where the athletics portion of
the Games will unfold from April 7-14.
n UTC 28 (Roannta Dalrymple 8/17, Ayanna Peters 3/5,
Dionne James 11/21, Avi-Ann Archie 6/10) vs Defence Force 16
(Melissa Snaggs 4/17, Jody Sprott 12/22). Quarter scores: 1st.
6-3 (UTC), 2nd. 11-8 (UTC), 3rd. 18-11 (UTC).
n Bermudez 45 (Makeda De Freitas 41/47, Indra Anderson 4/7,
Onika Thomas 0/0) vs Police 44 (Donessa Wickham 8/11, Jeselle
Navarro 15/22, Gurshier Grant 21/24). Quarter scores: 1st. 13-9
(Bermudez), 2nd. 25-19 (Bermudez), 3rd. 35-33 (Bermudez).
T&T’s Akeem Stewart on his way to breaking his own World record to claim gold in the men’s
F44 javelin at the World Para Athletics Championships in July last year at London’s Olympic
Stadium in England.
PICTURE MARK DAVIDSON
A young athlete goes through a drill as others look on
during a demonstration of the Right On Track programme,
De Freitas takes
Goal-shooter Makeda De Freitas sank 41 goals from
47 attempts to help Bermudez edge Police, 45-44 in
the second match of a Championship Division dou-
ble-header to reopen play in the Courts All Sectors
Netball League after a two-week Carnival break.
In the opening match at the Centre of Excellence
in Macoya on Thursday evening, the Unit Trust Cor-
poration (UTC) toppled Defence Force, 28-16.
De Freitas was pleased with the hard-fought vic-
tory against the policewomen, who had entered the
affair with unblemished record with four straight
“After training two
weeks ago I knew to
myself that the next
game is going to be
tough especially right
after Carnival. I dis-
played what I learnt
in training and I’m
very proud of myself,”
said De Freitas.
“At the end of the
game, I did won-
der how much I at-
tempted against what
was actually scored.
That is improvement
for me and I intend on
doing even better with
the help of more train-
ing in the future.”
De Freitas com-
bined well on the
offensive end with
Indra Anderson, who
connected four from
seven, and Onika Thomas (0/0), who primarily fed
her shooter the ball. Their efforts saw Bermudez
lead at the end of each quarter, 13-9 in the first,
25-19 at the half and 35-33 in the third.
This combined Down in the defensive circle, de-
fenders Annabella Augustine and Tamika Hoyce and
later on Thomas, maintained a sturdy opposition
against Police goal-shooter Donessa Wickham and
goal-attack Jeselle Navarro.
However, with the addition of Gurshier Grant
in the shooting circle, Police started to fight back
and went on to narrowly outscore Bermudez in the
fourth and final period, 11-10 but it was not enough
to overcome its deficit.
Grant scored the bulk of Police’s goals with 21 off
24 while Wickham (8-11) and Navarro (15/22) com-
bined to produce the other 23 goals.
“It was great of course,” said De Freitas of beat-
ing the leader. “We know we still have a chance to
come out on top but we still have to focus because
we still have TSTT and UTC to play who shouldn’t
In the earlier match, Dionne James, who replaced
Roannta Dalrymple (8/17) in the goal-shoot position,
led with 11 goals from 21 tries to see UTC past De-
fence Force by 12 goals.
Goal-attack Jody Sprott was best for the losing
army/coast guard combination team with 12 in 22.
Maloney Indoor Sports Arena:
n TSTT vs Las Lomas, 12.30 pm
n UTC vs Jabloteh, 1.45 pm
n Defence Force vs Fire, 4.15 pm
n Fire vs Police Youth Club, 3 pm
n UTT vs UWI, 5.30 pm
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