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Olympic cyclist Njisane Phillip
is standing behind the decision of
his close friend and fellow Olympic
athlete Andrew Lewis who has bro-
ken his silence about struggles with
both dyslexia and the attention-
deficit disorder (ADD).
At a recent fund-raiser hosted by
energy company Atlantic at Digicel
IMAX in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain,
held in aid of the Dyslexia Associ-
ation of T&T and the Special Child
Foundation at Digicel IMAX Lewis
revealed that he was diagnosed at
age nine, while attending Dunross
Fourteen years on, Lewis, 23, said
he felt the time was right to come
clean with the public and help to
raise the national awareness level
for these causes which are so com-
In a T&T Guardian interview
Phillip, who also suffers from ADD,
admitted to being surprised by
Lewis' decision to go public with
things he had long kept private, but
declared his unswerving support for
Phillip is in France competing at
a cycling grand prix for qualification
in the Cycling World Cup scheduled
for later this year.
He also has its sights set on next
year's World Championships and
ultimately the Olympic Games in
2016 scheduled to take place in
He said, "We all have difficulties.
We are not perfect. It should moti-
vate and show youngsters that even
with difficulties you can still make
it and be successful in life. Andrew
is a really close friend of mine. I did-
n't know, but it was nice and brave
of him to let the world know about
"...Haven't spoken to him since
and I didn't know till you told me.
I think it would create a better
understanding and (I) hope it inspires
many to come clean."
It's almost impossible to detect
that either professional athlete have
these challenges. Even with ADD
Phillips manages to retain his focus
both in training and during compe-
For Lewis, it's the same. Despite
being diagnosed with dyslexia the
sailor is capable of reading a compass
and navigating the vast ocean alone
in his laser craft.
And, in no way does Phillip, who
has a passion for track and field and
boxing too, consider himself as being
different. He was convinced that it's
the same for Lewis.
Underscoring his commitment
and dedication to do his best always
Phillip declared he was never afraid
to work and make the necessary sac-
rifices for the national good.
Pointing to his London 2012 expe-
riences, Phillip explained when he
missed out on the bronze medal he
used to wake up at 4 am to train.
Convinced that success has not
escaped him, he said training now
starts an hour earlier all with the
hope of bringing him firmly within
reach of a medal.
While Lewis focuses on advancing
the rate at which he reads, Phillip
was desirous of going back to school.
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Phillip stands behind Lewis
Olympic athletes Njisane Phillip, left, and Andrew Lewis share a candid
moment last December. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
With just about three weeks
before T&T hosts its first match
in the inaugural Limacol
Caribbean Premier League T20
tournament, the local organising
committee hosted an orientation
session for volunteers.
Over 60 persons attended the
day-long orientation and partic-
ipated in a number of sessions
aimed at introducing them to the
LCPL and the roles they will play.
They were also given a full tour
of the Queen's Park Oval at the
end of the sessions.
Addressing the volunteers were
LCPL event director Rhonda
Kelly, Angelique Niki' Borde,
venue team manager, Kerish
Maharaj, sports and development
consultant and Rodessa Richins,
sector development specialist.
Also in attendance were Colin
Borde, Red Steel team manager
and other members of the local
Speaking to the group of excit-
ed volunteers, Borde emphasised
the importance of the assistance
they provide to the running of
any successful sporting event.
"Every single sports tourna-
ment in the world runs with the
assistance of volunteers. From
the World Cup to the Olympics,
they cannot be successfully exe-
cuted without the work of vol-
unteers," stressed Borde. "You are
the people that the public will
interact with. You are the faces
of the tournament and your inter-
action with patrons is what they
are going to remember about their
The inaugural Limacol
Caribbean Premiere League
begins on Tuesday July 30 with
24 matches to be played across
six Caribbean countries: Antigua,
Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St.
Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Trinidad and Tobago Red
Steel's first match takes place on
Wednesday, 31 July in Guyana
against the Guyana Amazon War-
riors, and the first match at
Queen's Park Oval will take place
on Wednesday 7 August when
the Red Steel take on the Jamaica
Volunteers get ready for CPL tournament
Volunteers get a tour of the Oval grounds by Red Steel team manager, Colin Borde.
Stag Trinidad Northern mounted a big
comeback courtesy of a Ryan Fredericks try
within five minutes of full time to hold arch
rivals Caribs RFC to a 15-15 draw, in both
teams second fixture of the T&T Rugby Foot-
ball Union (TTRFU) Championship Division,
Playing at Caribs Pitch at the Queen's Park
Savannah, Port-of-Spain, the home team
allowed a 12-3 half time lead slip following a
strong second half surge from Northern. As a
result, both teams we made to settle for two
points each, putting both on seven points after
they both secured big first round victories.
Moments into the fixture Northern got on
the scoresheet with a drop goal from James
Walklin. It was followed by a try by Caribs'
Patrick Lovell, who converted his own effort.
Caribs then scored another try, this time from
Andre Cabrera to give the team breathing space
at the end of the first period.
But, Caribs extended the lead when Lovell
scored a penalty. With the match nearing its
end Fredericks made it past the try line to make
it 15-15, and Northern may have been staring
at victory but it faded with the missed con-
version attempt from O'Connor, which to his
credit was only inches wide from a tight angle.
Defending champion Harvard secured a
bonus-point 28-0 default win over Rainbow,
which was banned for two matches. Harvard
was on a bye for the opening round of matches,
and trails Caribs and Northern with a match
Rainbow, which was found guilty by the
TTRFU's disciplinary committee for unsports-
manlike behaviour at last month's Ruggerama
tournament, will also be required to sit out the
August 3 meeting with Northern, and as a
result, the latter team will earn a default 28-
0 win. Royalians, 46-10 losers to Northern in
the opening round was on a bye for this week-
Action in the Championship Division will
take a break on Saturday to facilitate the TTRFU
Women and Under-17 Sevens Championship.
Senior Division matches will be played as sched-
uled on Sunday.
Caribs to draw
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