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Are we seeing a positive movement
with our youths today? Are we seeing a
change that would lead us to optimism
as far as the next generation is concerned.
I am really happy these days with what
I am seeing duration this summer vacation.
As I drive around I am seeing sporting
activities in many places and the volume
in terms of participation is what is alarm-
ing. I drive from South Trinidad every
day, so I think that I can make an assess-
ment because I pass a lot of playing facil-
ities on my way to the Guardian.
A couple years ago, there were many
corners and shops filled with idle children
during the vacation. Not everyone can
afford to take their children abroad for a
vacation and not everyone can get vacation
during the same period as their kids.
This leaves them to the elements and
some go astray, as many stories have been
told with suggest that children who went
down the wrong part met their demise
during periods of not being watched.
Now hundreds and even thousands of
them are having camps to attend courtesy
the Sport Company of T&T (Sportt). These
camps put on by Sportt are heavily attend-
ed and one of the coaches Gordon Pierre
tells me that they are over-subscribed but
they are not turning away any of the chil-
dren. They are finding novel ways to
accommodate all because this is where
the next generation will get a solid foot-
Sportt is even providing sporting gears
and refreshments for the kids as well and
they are exposing them to all the different
sporting disciplines. My information is
that very soon within a week or so the
parent body the Ministry of Sport jumps
into the picture and hosts a number of
specialised camps for elder children who
have talent that could be developed.
And even those who might not want to
go out in the hot sun but still love their
sport and want to get more information
on sport in T&T, they can visit the Sports
Heritage website or office which has been
set up by the Ministry of Sport to cater
to their needs.
The Sport Ministry must get my praise
today for what they are exposing the
youths to. Sport as we all know is a very
important tool in the development of chil-
dren and it is now being used to do just
Not all the children will make sport a
career but the lessons learned at the camps
will be valuable for them as they navigate
life. In addition to what the Ministry of
Sport has had to offer, corporate T&T is
also doing their part as Atlantic has a
cricket camp ongoing this summer as well.
They have set up three free of charge
cricket camps in partnership with the
West Indies Players Association (WIPA)
and some of the national players are being
used to coach at these camps.
Then are camps like the Novel Sport
Technology camp at Naparima College
where you can take your children if they
want that extra push with the added tech-
All in all the youths are getting a start
in terms of their sporting careers but the
bigger picture is that the positive social
movement is going to benefit as T&T is
finally taking care of her children.
It is now important that the parents
join in and attend some of these sessions
with their children. There is no better
feeling for a child than looking up into
the stands and seeing their parents there
after they excel at something on the field.
We must not get carried away and use
these camps as daycare centres. Please,
we have our roles to play as well. I am
not suggesting that you spend the entire
session with your kids but at least make
the time to spend a half hour and lend
I am excited as a parent, are you?
Fields filled with children
make me happy
Alaric Humphreys joined his brother and top
ranked local men s player Curtis Humphreys on
the senior national men s team for the upcoming
55th Caribbean Table-Tennis Federation Cham-
pionship in St Lucia, after he won a four-player
round-robin trial tournament at the Central
Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Chaguanas on
With the victory, Alaric joined Curtis, France-
based multiple crowned Caribbean champion
Dexter St Louis and Canada-based 57-year-old
national champion David Mahabir on the T&T
squad for the tournament in St Lucia which takes
place next month.
Competing in a men s four-player round-robin
series, Alaric had victories over top ranked junior
men s player Aaron Wilson and Everton Sorzano
while he went under to Anson Wellington, to end
with five points.
Wilson also ended with five points after beating
Sorzano and Wellington in his two other matches,
but due to his loss to Humphreys ended second.
Humphreys battled past the 15-year-old Wilson
11-7, 7-11, 11-2, 4-11, 11-4 and Sorzano 11-7, 4-
11, 5-11, 13-11, 11-8 but was beaten by Wellington
5-11, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11.
Wilson, meanwhile came from behind to defeat
Sorzano 3-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 and outlasted
Wellington 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 13-11 in his two other
In the other match played, Sorzano got the
better of Wellington 4-11, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-
6 as both played finished with four points, but
Sorzano placed ahead based on his win in their
The women s team will be comprised of France-
based Rheann Chung, 10-time national singles
champion Aleena Edwards, top-ranked local Linda
Partap-Boodhan, and 11-year-old Jasher De
Gannes, who won her women s qualifying tour-
nament earlier this month.
Five-time national singles champion and current
local federation president Reeza Burke will travel
as the team s coach while Colin Cudjoe is the
Last year at the 54th Senior Caribbean Table-
Tennis Championship in Santo Domingo, Domini-
can Republic, Chung won her fifth senior women s
singles title when she overcame a first set loss to
whip Dominican Republic s Eva Britto 13--15, 11--
3, 11--7, 11--4, 11--9 and add to her previous tri-
umphs in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2012.
However, St Louis, who plies his trade with
SUA Agen in France, wasted a 3--1 lead in the
best-of-seven sets men s final and had to settle
for silver for a second straight year, going under
to Hector Berrios and failing to add to his wins
in 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2009.
The 43-year-old St Louis had earlier in the
tournament combined with top ranked locally-
based national champion Curtis Humphreys, Kyle
Borneo and 15-year-old Arun Roopnarine, to lead
the men s team to a second team title and first
since 2009 on home soil when they swept past
Barbados 3--0 in the final.
He followed up with silver and bronze in the
men s doubles and mixed doubles with Humphreys
and Chung, respectively.
The local women s quartet of Chung, national
senior women s champion, 14-year-old Brittany
Joseph, Ashley Quashie and Partap-Boodhan
missed out on a medal after ending with a 2--3
record with their victories, both 3--0, coming
against Barbados and Jamaica.
MEN'S TEAM: Dexter St Louis, Curtis Humphreys, Alaric
Humphreys, David Mahabir
Women's team: Rheann Chung, Aleena Edwards, Linda
Partap-Boodhan, Jasher De Gannes TECHNICAL STAFF:
Reeza Burke (coach), Colin Cudjoe (manager)
The T&T Scrabble Association Open
Scrabble tournament will commence on
August 4 at the Valpark Shopping Plaza
Registration is $35 for the tournament,
which has been in existence for almost 30
years. Registration will begin at 7:30 am on
the day of the competition, followed by the
games at 9 am. All participants will compete
in one category, with the top 20 players
advancing to the semifinal round on August
18 and the top 12 will then go through to
the grand finals.
The finals will be held over three days
on August 25 and 31, and then the champion
will be crowned on September 1.
Prizes will be awarded for the highest
game score, most bonus points and for first
time competitors that perform admirably.
For more info contact 474-5733 or 387-
Scrabble tourney on August 4
Some of the children
from the Sportt cycling
camp ready to hit the
Alaric joins big
brother Curtis on
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