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Kelly-Ann Baptiste sped to victory
in the women s 200 in Florida on the
weekend in a wind assisted time of
The clocking was aided by a strong
tail wind of 6.3 metres per second.
Winds also pushed former world
champion Tyson Gay (USA) to a fast
men's 200m win of 19.79 (+2.5) while
Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade ran 9.91
(+3.8) in the men's 100m heats with
Keston Bledman running a legal
10.14(+2.0) in his heat. In the finals
Martin Keller of German was the fastest
in 9.99 (+3.7).
Daniel takes Sun Belt High Jump
Kashef Daniel of Arksansas State
finished joint second in the men's high
jump at the Sun Belt Outdoor Cham-
pionships in Miramar, Florida.
The Scarborough Secondary grad-
uate had a bestleap of 2.05m. Coppin
State's Haysean Cowie Clarke was 11th
in the men's 100m prelims in 10.81 at
the IC4A/ECAC Champs in New Jer-
sey. Cowie Clarke was part of Coppin's
State's men's 4x100m team which fin-
ished ninth in 41.72, missing the finals
by one place.
Walcott and Gordon to compete in
Shanghai Diamond League.
Olympic men's javelin champion
Keshorn Walcott is set to compete in
second Diamond League meet in
Shanghai, China on May 18. Walcott
will be seeking overcome his Diamond
League baptism in Doha on May 10
where he could only managed sixth in
the Qatari capital with a distance of
79.79m, well below his season's best
of 84.59 achieving in winning at the
TnT Elite Twighlight Games at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium on May 3.
Double Olympic bronze medallist
(400m/4x400m) Lalonde Gordon is
also down to compete in the Chinese
city. The 24 year is down to compete
in the men's 400m and will be making
his third Diamond League appearance
after compete in Zurich, Switzerland
and Brussels, Belgium last year.
Davis joins list of World Champs
Wayne Davis 11 got under the World
Championships B standard for the
men's 110m hurdles at the SEC Outdoor
Championships in Missouri, US on the
weekend. The Texas A&M student was
quicker than the 13.50 mark when he
topped the heats in 13.45 and returned
to win the finals in 13.46. The national
record holder (13.37) is now the eleventh
local athlete to notch marks for the
2013 World Outdoor Track and Field
Championships set for Moscow, Russia
from August 10 to 18. Sparkle McKnight
(Arkansas) added the 400m hurdles B
standard to the 400m flat which she
already achieved earlier this year. Mc
Knight captured the SEC one lap hur-
dles title in a pb of 55.71 getting past
the 56.55 standard. The 2010 double
Carifta medallist dipped under the
52.30 400m flat B mark running 52.17
Olympic men's javelin champion
Keshorn Walcott leads the list of A
qualifiers with his season's opening
throw of 84.39 (A standard-83.50).
Olympic bronze medallist Deon
Lendore (men's 400m-season's best-
45.00/A standard-45.28), sprint queen
Kelly-Ann Baptiste (women's
100m=11.06/11.28), Mikel Thomas
(men's 110m hurdles-13.39/13.50),
Michelle Lee-Ahye (women's 100m-
11.07/11.28) and Jehue Gordon (men's
400m hurdles-49.05/49.40) are the
other A qualifiers.
The B standard picks are Cleopatra
Borel (women's shot put-season's best
17.75/B standard-17.20), Sparkle McK-
night (women's 400m-52.17/52.30 &
400m hurdles-55.71/56.55), Aleesha
Barber (women's 100m hurdles-
13.04/13.10), Rondel Sorillo (men's
Qualifying performances must be
achieved from 1 October 2012 to 29
July 2013. The men's 4x100m (38.10,
4x400m (3:59.40) and women's
4x100m (42.31) relay teams have all
gotten the required marks in 2012 as
the qualifying period for relay teams
from 1 January 2012 to 29 July 2013.
The men's 4×100 (38.10), 4×400
(2:59.40) and the women's 4×100
(42.31) teams achieved the qualifying
marks of 39.30, 3:05.00 and 44.00
respectively in 2012.
There is no lack of ideas in
national sport organisations.
Often lacking is the willingness
and the ability to convert these
ideas into results. Innovative
thinking and an innovative
strategy are needed.
We live in a world and market
place, local and global, where
planned obsolescence is a given.
Irrelevance is a certainty in the
absence of awareness that
standing still leads to irrelevance.
To remain relevant and suc-
cessful, sport organisations must
be organised to perceive oppor-
Battle ready sport oranisa-
tions must think innovation and
systematically look both outside
and inside and be able to discern
clues to innovative opportuni-
The great nonprofit volunteer
oriented organisations around
the world - those that are iconic,
self renewing and thus self sus-
taining, all have the courage to
refocus and change when they
are most successful.
When they are at the height
of their performance measure-
ments and everything is going
great, when everybody says
don't rock the boat, let's keep
the same formula and modus
operandi, the great businesses
and organisations re-engineer
and re tool.
But it requires an individual
or individuals with the willing-
ness to dare to risk criticism
and be willing to embrace
unpopularity if necessary.
Constant improvement will
not happen by resting on your
Complacency is the enemy
When you rest on your lau-
rels, you miss the changes taking
place in the operating environ-
When an organisation is
experiencing success there is no
better time to ask the important
questions. There is no better or
right time to ask: Can we do
better? How can we improve?
What do we want to be remem-
bered for? Have we lived up to
the organisations mission and
The responsibility for keeping
on organisation on the cutting
edge of progress and relevance
rests with its leaders.
To be innovative, an organ-
isation must have leaders who
are able and willing to look out
the window not just inside.
The difference makers find
out from stakeholders what are
their changing expectations and
Many leaders claim unex-
pected success as their own and
feel that they deserve it, con-
gratulate themselves on it and
act as if success would not have
occurred without the leaders.
On the other hand the per-
ception of stakeholders is that
success came in spite of the
leaders not because of.
Unexpected success is a call
An examination of great busi-
nesses and organizations will
reveal that the leaders see
change as a potential opportu-
nity instead of a threat.
There is no one right strategy
It's also not about what lead-
ers know but what they need
Most people think marketing
is only about selling, public rela-
tions, sponsorship, donations,
fund raising and advertising.
Philip Kotler said the most
important tasks in marketing
have to do with studying the
market, segmenting it, targeting
the groups you want to service,
positioning your organization
in the market, and creating a
service that meets needs. Mar-
keting is finding needs and fill-
The shift to a marketing ori-
ented way of life is the only way
T&T sport and national sport
organisations will remain rele-
vant and achieve sustainable
success in the 21st century.
Sport, throughout the course
of T&T's history reflected the
thinking and way of life of the
citizens. The lifestyle and social
construct of the society man-
ifested in its relationship with
sport. Sport has always being
about the young and the young
at heart. It has always been an
emotional relationship rather
than a pragmatic one.
Times and society have
moved forward. The 21st cen-
tury is different from that of
the 20th and 19th century.
Zeitgeist- Change is an
opportunity not a threat. Be
bold. Be brave. Be relevant.
Make it happen. Make it big.
Make it extraordinary.
Brian Lewis is the president
of the T&T Olympic
Committee. The views
expressed are not necessarily
those of the T&TOC.
Complacency---enemy of excellence
Baptiste wins windy Florida 200
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