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Hazelwood: Netballers fall short
Placing among the top three positions
in the Caribbean Netball Association
(CNA) Jean Pierre Under-16 Netball
Championships was the hope of coach
Velma Hazelwood for T&T youth team
but the youngsters fell just short of
that goal, finishing fourth in the annual
“The girls performed well,” said Ha-
zelwood. “It was a very competitive
tournament, no game was easy but
they worked hard each game.”
The Jean Pierre tournament, which
took place last week at the Vigie Mul-
ti-purpose Sports Complex in Castries,
St Lucia, featured six other teams in-
cluding Barbados, Dominica, Grenada,
Jamaica, St Vincent and the Grenadines
(SVG) and the host.
Winning the youth title was power-
house Jamaica playing unbeaten over-
all scoring 230 with 82 against, with St
Lucia (192/125) and Barbados (169/126)
in second and third places, respec-
T&T (133/164) opened against Bar-
bados and Hazelwood knew it would
have been a challenge facing the former
champion. The junior Calypso Girls fell
to a 27-21 defeat.
“It was very good game against Bar-
bados but we had 16 penalties in their
circle. That broke the girls down a bit
but they continued to play,” said Hazel-
wood. “I felt they could have won that
The local team didn’t stay down
though and returned the following day
to defeat Grenada, 30-25.
“As the competition progressed, they
were able to correct some of their mis-
takes,” said Hazelwood, who worked
with Lystra Solomon-Simmons as her
St Lucia was the T&T netballers next
opponent and they went under 32-19
but rebounded to beat SVG, 29-19 be-
fore taking on the Reggae Girls of Ja-
maica, which turned out to be their
worst performance of the tournament,
“When we met Jamaica, the girls
were intimidated,” said Hazelwood.
“They capitalise on our mistakes and
won but the next game, we were able
to correct our mistakes and got the win
T&T closed with a 27-23 win over
the Dominicans and picked up a host
of awards in the closing ceremony that
Kelelicia George was named the Most
Valuable Player (MVP) of the T&T team,
which was the Best Uniformed team
and Best Team on Parade while SVG
was the Most Disciplined team and
St Lucia was also awarded the Most
improved team trophy in the youth
Championship, named after the late in-
ternational T&T netballer Jean Pierre,
which was first held in 1998 by the Car-
ibbean Netball Association each year,
except 2003, 2007 and 2013.
Earlier in the tournament, George
partnered with Kayshanna Duncan and
Kelaiah Stewart, to dominate the shoot-
ing competition, sealing the crown after
combining to net 100 goals. Jamaica
was second with 93 and Barbados was
third with 92.
I extend congrats
to all of you
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is over. It is now
The nature of elite level and Olympic sport is such
that staying in celebratory mode is detrimental to
achieving the consistency required and the persis-
tence necessary to build on and learn from victories
Gold Coast 2018 saw T&T coming away with three
medals—two gold and a silver. A comparison with
Glasgow 2014 will look at the fact that T&T mounted
the rostrum on eight occasions (three silver and five
bronze) with no first place.
For the record, the 1966 Commonwealth Games in
Jamaica, is still regarded as T&T’s finest moment in
sports on the global multi-sport stage—when we won
five medals (2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze).
In the 440 yards race, Wendell Mottley won the
Gold with Kent Bernard taking the Silver.
In the 100 yards, Edwin Roberts won the Bronze.
In the 220 yards, Edwin Roberts won the Silver
In the 4 x 440 yards relay, the Trinidad and Tobago
team of Lennox Yearwood, Kent Bernard, Edwin Rob-
erts and Wendell Mottley won the Gold Medal break-
ing the World Record in the process.
It is interesting to note that that record still stands
since this was the last international meeting in which
the races were run in yards. The switch to metres took
place immediately afterwards.
It’s important to appreciate that an essential ele-
ment of the global sport industry is the emotion that
drives the sport industry. Talk shows, pundits, opin-
ions and commentary.
The media has an essential role involving the pub-
lic, supporters and fans alike. The media drives the
entertainment aspect of the industry. Understanding
and respecting the role of the media is essential—their
job—that they have their objectives and targets to
meet. Failure to appreciate that everyone has a role is
what causes discomfort.
The public needs to know, the media to deliver
news, information and perspective. There is a saying
in respect of the media that is said in jest, one would
hope, is that the truth must never get in the way of a
The challenge to arrive at a place where trust is
established. A trust built on respect for one another.
The media has their job to do let them do it. Under-
standing and respecting that provides clarity of mind.
The line can be crossed but the reality is that it’s im-
portant to not take it personal. Taking things personal
fuels the drama.
There are many different ways to go about ensuring
that sport in T&T can be self reliant and self sufficient.
The negativity associated with sport in T&T is not the
fault of the media. It’s the fault of sport stakeholders
underestimating the role and responsibilities of the
Now, it’s not just the traditional media, there is also
social media which has its own rules.
In the social media era, what is news and what isn’t
news? What is private and what is not private? What
is fake news?
Gold Coast 2018, provided a number of talking
points, with everyone having a point of view—the
choice to be well informed, better informed or fact
based is a choice and an opportunity.
Gold Coast 2018 also saw T&T’s Commonwealth
Games gold medal haul move from eight to the magic
Ten gold medals! Ten or more Olympic Gold medals
by 2024, is the goal.
Ten Commonwealth Games gold medals by 2018
Ten! The magic number.
Siparia honours for Morris, Saney
Cycling will be the main attraction at
the revived Siparia Games carded for
Saturday at the Irwin Park Sporting
Complex in Siparia, starting at 1 pm.
It is part of the Siparia Festival being
held under the patronage of Dr Glenn
Ramadharsingh, chairman of the Si-
paria Regional Corporation and themed
Don’t Forget Our Heroes.
The Games will be held as a tribute
to Siparia’s own Olympians, national
awardee and Hall of Famer quarter-
miler Ian Morris and cyclist Clive Saney,
a nine-time national road champion.
Sixteen (16) other sport icons from Si-
paria and environs will be awarded
including Vin Alexander, who will be
honoured posthumously for pioneering
the original Siparia Games.
Morris coaches 40 athletes in his un-
sponsored Siparia Athletics Club which
have been quite successful. The pro-
ceeds from this event after expenses
will be presented to him and his club.
Athletes will compete in a variety of
sports including football, cricket, net-
ball and basketball in an event organ-
ised by the Games committee headed
by Anthony Commissiong, who has
been responsible for reviving the
Southern Games and Tobago Games in
1990 and Southern Games in 2000.
According to Commissiong: “The
youth of the environs are starved for
competition. This could lay the founda-
tion for a first class athletic and cycling
meet when the athletic track is pro-
fessionally prepared. All categories of
cyclists will be participating this year.
This could be an annual event.”
He also revived San Fernando Games
(1994), Eastern Games (1991) in Arima
and the Caribbean Games (1998) among
Commissiong used the opportunity
to praise the Ministry of Sport and
Youth Affairs and by extension the
government for formulating a plan for
awarding sport champions but hope
more can be done for past sporting
“I hope that they could also be con-
sideration in the future for a plan for
assisting our past Olympians and other
sport icons who have represented our
country admirably and who new need
to maintain a decent standard of liv-
ing,” said Commissiong.
There will be attractive door prizes
and cost for the reserved stands is $40.
Tickets are available at Siparia Bike
Specialist (City Sports), Coora Road,
Petrotrin Sports Club, Guaracara Park,
T&T shooters Kelelicia George, from left, Kayshanna Duncan and Kelaiah Stewart
receive the winners’ trophy from Daria Poyotte, treasurer at Caribbean Netball
Association (CNA) at the awards ceremony on Wednesday for winning the shooting
competition at the CNA Jean Pierre Under-16 Netball Championships last Monday at the
Vigie Multi-purpose Sporting Complex in Castries, St Lucia.
T&T 21 vs Barbados 27
T&T 30 vs Grenada 25
T&T 19 vs St Lucia 32
T&T 7 vs Jamaica 38
T&T 27 vs Dominica 23
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