Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 20th 2013 Contents Life is full of opportunities to
take the easy way out. Doing the
right thing seems to involve
many shades of grey---finding
shortcuts always looks appeal-
ing. It s sometimes easier to do
the wrong thing, but it s always
better to do the right thing.
So much of what seems con-
venient and expedient at any
given moment is really a distrac-
Temptations to take the easy
way will throw us off track and
send us in the wrong direction
in our lives.
Even though we live in a world
that considers values fluid and
subject to change with circum-
stances or popular opinion, we
know we can rely on certain
absolutes. We all have a sense of
right and wrong.
Standing up for what s right
isn t a matter of popular opinion.
It s not about some situations
and not others. There are some
things that aren t negotiable. The
fundamentals don t change. It s
sometimes easier to do the wrong
thing but it s always better to do
the right thing.
Know your values and don t
depart from them. Choose right
over easy whenever life offers you
a shortcut. Some people are
incessant critics. As a sport leader
it s the price you have to pay.
There are people who will do
everything possible to criticise
you and damage your credibility
in the eyes of the general public.
When people criticise you, it s
not always for your actions but
for what you represent.
Even in the midst of criticism
you have to stay focused and con-
tinue on the pathway you believe
in. Sometimes it makes no sense
or serves any useful purpose try-
ing to figure out or to make sense
Solid foundations are critical
in all aspects of life. The most
important foundation stone of
them all is your character. How
you handle things when the going
gets tough and obstacles, setbacks
and disappointments present
It s always most important to
stand firm for things that mat-
ter.It s always better when faced
with difficult situations rather
than complaining about a situ-
ation, try to count the blessings
and be a positive force to make
We live in a world with perverse
and crooked people as a result
it s easy to simply be a complainer
and a critic and become part of
mob rule and rabble rousing.
We have to start going back to
basics and instead of focusing on
the negatives focus on the pos-
T&T is once again enjoying
another moment of glory on the
world stage. Last week, Jehue
Gordon dug deep and showed the
world yet again that T&T can
deliver and produce world class.
If you ever wanted a metaphor
for all that s blessed and great
about T&T look at the tape of
Gordon s gold medal run and
press replay over and over again.
Pay close attention you will see
integrity, courage, determination
and an indomitable will to win
no matter what the challenge of
What served Gordon well was
his strong foundation, his
upbringing, his self-belief, dis-
cipline and faith.
There is so much to be proud
and passionate about there is so
much to be positive about.
Two of our best women track
and field athletes are currently
facing a difficult moment in their
careers. I don t know them to be
deliberate cheats so my fervent
hope is that they will overcome,
learn and grow through the neg-
ativity. What will serve both of
them well will be their strong
foundation, family support and
upbringing, self-belief, discipline
and above all faith in God.
In closing I wish to extend con-
dolences to Annette Knott, gen-
eral secretary of TTOC, on the
passing of her loving husband
David. David was a friend and
supporter of sport and the
Olympic movement in T&T. May
he rest in peace.
Brian Lewis is the president
of the Trinidad and Tobago
Olympic Committee. To learn
more about the Olympic val-
ues, spirit and ideals visit
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 20, 2013
THINGS THAT MATTER
better to do
the right thing Rain reeked havoc yesterday
morning, delaying the start of the
RBC Royal Bank Tobago Junior
Tennis Championships at Shaw
Shae Millington is today singing
praises to the rain as he was able to
come from 0--4 to beat Jacques
Noreiga 6--4 in a Group two match
of the boys under-ten round-robin.
Noreiga was leading 4--0 before rain
interrupted the match which started
In the other boys under-ten
match, Johnny Su got past Ebolum
Nwokolo 6--4 in a Group One
encounter while Kyle Kerry whipped
Vaughn Antoine 6--0.
Syam Manchkanti won his
encounter against Issak Blake by
default as the latter did not show
up.In the girls under-ten category,
Nicolette Orr edged Isabel Abraham
6--4, while among the boys under-
12 Michale Ramdial did not sweat
in his match against Justin Groden
who did not show up for the match.
A persistent drizzle delayed the
9.30 am start with the officials issu-
ing several new start times before
play finally got underway at 2 pm.
First on court were Jelanie Lewis
and Alyah Leslie who squared off
on Court One in a boys U-10 Group
One match. Leslie won the
encounter 6--0 before the showers
came down again.
The annual tournament attracted
just some 60 local players who will
do battle in the U-10, 12, 14, 16 and
18 age divisions.
At the opening ceremony before
the start of play, Claude Cedenio,
manager of RBC Scarborough and
Crown Point branches, the sponsors
of the tournament for the last 26
years, delivered the feature address.
Cedenio said the bank has wit-
nessed a surge in the popularity of
the sport, adding that many of the
participants have gone on to excel
in the sport.
"We have also proudly noted the
number of tournament s participants
have gone on the play this sport
professionally. We are glad that this
tournament provides you the players
with an opportunity to horn your
skills so that you too can excel on
a larger scale. We are excited about
helping amateur players make the
transition to professional status."
Cedenio encouraged the players
who benefited from the tournament
to help others.
"We would hope they would gain
a better appreciation for fair play,
teamwork and perseverance, traits
they can continue to use off the
courts to transform their commu-
nities into better places of living,
working and playing."
Cedenio also reminded the young
players to have fun.
The annual tourney is hosted by
the Crusoe Isle Tennis Club and
president, Dr Dwight Angus said
the organisers were grateful for the
lighting at the courts because with
the rain delays matches can be
played later in the day.
Dr Angus said the competition
would be a good one as the junior
players are usually more eager to
"It is very entertaining and com-
petitive. The junior players fight
very hard as this may be their first
or second tournament so they are
very enthusiastic and the matches
are very exciting especially among
the very young ones...the under-
ten, under-12 and under-14."
Dr Angus pointed out that several
of the countries top under-14 and
18 players were unavailable for the
tournament as they are competing
in the International Tennis Feder-
ation (ITF) Legs in St Lucia and St
Vincent and the Grenadines.
Kaela Frank was scheduled begin
the defence of her girls under-ten
title late yesterday with her opening
match against Ayasha Smith. Frank
was also set to face Isabel Abraham.
Last year s U-12 winner Daynelle
Des Vignes has moved up the U-
14 division and will open against
Cheyenne Chin Choy.
The tournament runs until Fri-
Millington rebounds to
beat Noriega in RBC tennis
Defending girls under-12 champion Kaela
Frank at the start of RBC Tobago Junior
Tennis Championships, which got
underway at the Shaw Park Courts
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