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Sunday, February 18, 2018
Youth, women and entrepreneurship will take
centerstage next month at the third annual T&T
Olympic Committee (TTOC) Sport Industry TT
This year's conference themed "Young People
and Women -- Raising Awareness and Encouraging
Entrepreneurship" is set for March 8 at the Hyatt
Regency in Port of Spain.
Senator Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade
and Industry will deliver the keynote address.
Previous featured speakers at the conference
which is gaining regional and international ac-
claim include Kevin Roberts, Founding Editor of
SportBusiness International and Dr Terrence Far-
rell, former chairman of the T&T Economic Devel-
opment Advisory Board.
The one-day event will once again bring to-
gether industry leaders in business and inance,
tourism, media, technolo y and academia as well
as various stakeholders in the local and regional
Some 100 participants attended the conference
last year and an even better turnout is expected as
the TTOC remains committed to championing and
advocating for the development of a viable sports
industry in T&T and the wider Caribbean.
Registration has opened and runs until March
5. Interested participants can check www.ttoc.org
for further details.
World Cup inspires Paul's Olympic quest
T&T cyclist Nicholas Paul could be the next
local rider at the Olympic Games in Tokyo
His preparation for this event took off with
promise at the Tissot International Cycling
Union (UCI) Cycling World Cup at the Minsk
Arena Velodrome in Belarus two weeks ago.
In only his irst year as a senior rider he pro-
duced a personal best ride in the individual
sprints that helped the T&T four-man team
which comprised ace rider Njisane Phil-
lip, Keron Bramble and Kwesi Browne to a
semi- inals berth in the Team Sprint.
In an event that comprised the best riders
in the world, the trio of Phillip, Brown and
Paul inished seventh overall in a time of
44.287 seconds, a performance that eclipsed
their previous ride of 44.653 seconds the day
Paul had his own achievements to be
thankful for in his maiden world cup expe-
rience, sprinting to a blistering 9.80 seconds
personal best time in the sprints to erase
the 10.17 seconds ride that was set at the Na-
tional Cycling Centre (NCC) recently.
His progress comes after only four years in
the sport, an unimaginable feat when com-
pared to his opponents, who would have al-
ready amassed more than 20 years of track
Last year Paul helped the national team to
a silver medal at the Elite Pan American Sen-
ior Track Cycling Championship at the NCC
which added to his gold medal ride at the
Elite Pan Am Junior Track Championship at
the same venue the year before (2016).
His progress has been a welcomed sight
for cycling's technical director Erin Hartwell
and the T&T team ahead of the Olympics.
The nineteen-year-old described his irst
world cup experience as great, saying it is
always good to compete against the best
riders in the world, but he made it clear his
ultimate goal is to qualify for the Olympic
Games. And he believes he will have as good
a chance as any of achieving it.
"Most, if not all, cyclists want to qualify
for the Olympics and it is no different with
me. I believe I can qualify. All I have to do
is keep on progressing the way I have been,
continue to work hard daily and make use
of the opportunities when they come" Paul
said. "For now I will take any opportunity to
compete on the international stage as it will
help me at that level" He added.
A resident of Gasparillo, Paul is set to
compete at the Commonwealth Games in
Australia and later at the Central American
and Caribbean (CAC) Games where he will
receive much needed practice.
The talented T&T rider also intends to
compete at other meets in the United States
and Europe this year, as well as the Interna-
tional Cycling Grand Prix here at home to
boost his claim for an Olympic berth.
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