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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Stewart attains shot
put, discus benchmarks
Paralymic gold medallist Akeem
Stewart was one of five local athletes
meeting the standard in their re-
spective events at the Pre-Common-
wealth Meet hosted by the National
Association of Athletics Administra-
tions of T&T (NAAATT) on the week-
end at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
The field specialist achieved the
feat in two events, the men’s shot put
on Saturday, returning the following
day to dominate the discus throw to
book his spot on Team TTO for the
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
in Australia from April 4-15.
The others making the required
standards were Abilene Wildcats
sprinters Kyle Greaux in the men’s
200 metres and Reyare Thomas in
the women’s 100 metres, javelin
thrower Shakiel Waithe (unattached)
and jumper Andwuelle Wright (Unat-
Stewart of Falcons surpassed the
qualifying mark of 18.50m in the shot
put in his second try, with a throw of
18.68m after opening with a 17.89m
attempt. The other competitor in the
event, Hezekiel Romeo (Unattached),
best try reached 18.20.
In the discus event on Sunday,
Stewart’s target was 58.00m and he
went past it in his first attempt which
measured 58.20m. Quincy Wilson
was the other athlete competing in
the event but fell short of the mark
with his best being, 57.18m.
Still on the field that day, Waithe
got over the 74.00m-standard in
the men’s javelin on his third toss
of 79.90m. His lone competitor
Guyanese Leslain Baird also made
the qualifying standard with a
Later that evening, Kyle Greaux
raced past the qualifying standard in
the men’s 200m of 20.50 seconds,
crossing in a time of 20.40. He beat
Jalen Purcell of Simplex (21.08) and
Abilene’s Nathan Farinha (21.33) to
the line, respectively.
In the women’s version of the
race, no runner met the standard
of 23.20. Thomas, clocked 23.50 to
finish ahead of Kamaria Durant (Sim-
plex) in 24.02 and national junior
sprint champion Khalifa St Fort (Un-
attached) in 24.50.
Thomas was however the day be-
fore, faster than the qualifying time
of 11.34 in the women’s 100m, win-
ning the dash in 11.21. Second was
Concorde’s Jenea Spinks in 11.59 and
third Durant in 11.60.
The men’s race had no runner
making the required standard of
10.20 seconds with the winner
Abilene’s Jonathan Farinha finishing
just 0.01-second off the time in 10.21.
Reigning national men’s 100m cham-
pion Emmanuel Callender (Memphis
Pioneers) was second in 10.22 and
third was Farinha’s twin brother Na-
than in 10.30.
Also on Saturday, Wright booked
his spot in the men’s long jump event
leaping 8.07m to outdo the required
distance of 7.70m.
Rachel Vincent and Shari John effec-
tive batting, combined with brilliant
bowling from Natasha McClean, saw
Hibiscus Ladies pulled a six-wicket
upset win over leader Preysal Phoe-
nix in the T&T Women’s Association’s
(TTWCA) 50 Over League on Sunday
at the Eddie Hart Ground in Tacari-
Both players recorded half centu-
ries with Vincent producing 73 runs
and John, 62, in fourth round action
of the Premiership Division over the
head of the points table in the six-team
Phoenix batted first and thanks to
McClean with 5/46 were bowled out
for 181. Getting them to the reasona-
ble score were top batsman Samantha
Bissoon with a half century (61) as well
while her teammate Shenelle Lord
In reply, Vincent and John were bat-
ted confidently in the innings, carry-
ing Hibiscus to 182-4 in 43.1 overs.
Kajol Dalgir was best with the ball
for Phoenix, which suffered its first
loss of the season, with 2/28.
At Pinto Recreation Ground in
Arima, Technocrats claimed its sec-
ond win in four rounds of matches,
defeating Cricket Lovers by seven
wickets. Cricket Lovers, batting first
and was 80 all out in its allotted in-
nings. This was due to the bowling of
Jodian Morgan, who secured 4/13 and
A Sitaram with 3/27.
Technocrats needed just 7.1 overs to
reach the winning target of 82 runs for
the lost of three wickets. They were
led by West Indies allrounder Stacy
Ann King, who produced an unbeaten
47. In the other match in the division
at Riversdale in St Joseph, Players
Sports topped Moosai Sports Club by
10 wickets in a shortened match.
In fourth round action in the Cham-
pionship Division 30-Over League,
Achievers pulled off a narrow one-
wicket win over Cricket Divas at the
Couva East Secondary School in the
lone match played in the category.
The match between Waterloo All-
stars and UWI will be played on Fri-
day at UWI, St Augustine. JFK is on bye
this round. Matches in the TTWCA’s
Twenty20 League continue tomorrow
in both divisions at various venues.
At Eddie Hart Ground
Preysal Phoenix 181 all out (Samantha Bissoon
61, Shenelle Lord 39; Natasha McClean 5/46) vs
Hibiscus 182-4 (43.1) (Rachel Vincent 73, Shari
John 62; Kajol Dalgir 2/28). Hibiscus won by six
At Pinto Recreation Ground
Cricket Lovers 80 all out (Nicole George 19,
Arielle Gomez 15; Jodian Morgan 4/13, A
Sitaram 3/27) vs Technocrats 82-3 (7.1) (Stacy
Ann King 47 not out, Jodian Morgan 11; Seline
O’Neil 2/40). Technocrats won by seven wickets
Moosai 123-9 (38.2) vs Players Sports (revised
total 64 in 20 overs) 64-0 (12.2) (Shania Abdool
45 not out). Players Sports won by 10 wickets.
At Couva East Secondary
Cricket Divas 119 all out (Stacey Bolah 45,
Trisha Marquis 15, Sharika Sinanan 10; Angali
Goordeen 3/30, Steffi Soogrim 2/12; Shanta
Roopchan 2/25) vs Achievers 120-9 (24.5)
(Steffi Soogrim 28 not out; Shanta Roopchan
19; Tasneem Juman 2/17; Sharika Juman 2/25).
Achievers won by one wicket.
A pinch of respect,
The T&T Olympic Committee is
relentless in its fight to overcome
obstacles of culture, mindset and
attitude while continuing on the
path of being people-centred and
athlete-centred which begins with
respect for sport and for the positive
difference sport delivers in the lives
of young people.
Success for the T&T Olympic Com-
mittee is empowering them to build
a future doing what they love and
developing a body of work of which
they can be proud.
Making T&T proud will always be
at the forefront of the T&T Olympic
Committee vehicle of Olympism.
Respect for sport and those in-
volved in sport is not a linear pro-
Culture plays a big part. There is a
culture of disrespect and fundamen-
tal misunderstanding of where the
different stakeholders fit in the sport
ecosystem based on a colonial mind-
set of who is boss.
Recently the visible evidence of
the misunderstanding of roles be-
came embarrassingly stark and pub-
lic when Richard Thompson was
on the receiving end of correspond-
ence from the Ministry of Sport and
Youth Affairs that could be perceived
as a lack of respect for his Olympic
There is an age old saying - It is not
what you say, but how you say it.
The Elite Athlete Assistance Pro-
gramme is not a stick.
The economic recession battering
T&T is not an excuse to treat anyone
with a lack of dignity, empathy and
respect nor should it portend a de-
cline of our humanity.
Resolving conflict ought not to de-
scend into an orgy of bacchanal.
While the focus at this time maybe
on Richard Thompson it’s not only
athletes and other sport stakehold-
ers that, at times, feel disrespected.
In the main, the lack of a concept
of service and how to be service-ori-
ented must be addressed across
T&T must embrace service and
being service-oriented as funda-
mental to the diversification of our
economy since there are difficult
and challenging times, but we must
respect each other’s right to voice
T&T can always depend on sport
to deliver in a positive manner.
Achieving an Olympic or World
championship medal is not an easy
or simple endeavour and it must not
be taken for granted.
The world is currently watching
the 23rd edition of the Winter Olym-
pics in Peyongchang displaying ath-
letes who are at the pinnacle of their
sport and their stories of dedication,
grit, disappointment and achieve-
ment are inspiring to the ear. The
athletes’ road is often a lonely one,
a painful one, a disappointing one.
All that sport stakeholders ask for
at a minimum in return is respect
and dignity in good times and bad
Brian Lewis is the President of T&T
Olympic Committee (T&TOC) and
the views expressed are not
necessarily of the organisation.
T&T’s Akeem Stewart in action during the men’s F44 class of the shot put
event at the World Para Athletics Championship at the Olympic Stadium in
England, in August 2017.
PICTURE MARK DAVIDSON
Men’s Shot Put (Standard - 18.50m)
Akeem Stewart (Falcons) - 18.68m
Men’s Discus (Standard - 58.00m)
Akeem Stewart (Falcons) - 58.20m
Men’s Long Jump (Standard - 7.70m)
Andwuelle Wright (Unattached) - 8.07m (3.5/Wind)
Men’s Javelin Throw (Standard - 74.00m)
Shakiel Waithe (Unattached) - 79.90m
Men’s 200m (Standard - 20.50 secs)
Kyle Greaux (Abilene) - 20.40 (3.9/Wind)
Women’s 100m (Standard - 11.34 secs)
Reyare Thomas (Abilene) - 11.21 (3.8/Wind)
Vincent, John pilot Hibiscus Ladies to victory
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