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Issue 102 • Friday, August 23, 2013
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Rollerskating and rollerblading have seen
a resurgence in recent times, and part of
that has been due to the activity of the
RollerSport Association of T&T (RSAtt).
Now, together with a list of sponsors that in-
clude bMobile and the Ministry of Sport, the
RSAtt is putting together an Independence
Day 15K, which begins at 7am on August 31,
with a speed skate from Curepe Junction to
the Furniture House car park, Fourth Avenue,
Barataria; and a lesiure skate from Barataria
into Port-of-Spain, where the skaters will
join the Independence Day Parade, which
marches to King George V Park, St Clair.
The speed skate is a race broken up into
different age groups: open, junior and fe-
male, and there are prizes in each category
for first-through-third places in each. The
race proceeds west along the Eastern Main
Road to cross the finish line at Furniture
From there, skaters will assemble for the
leisure skate into town, which starts at 9am
(or when the speed skaters have all finished
on the course).
Skaters will have the benefit of police es-
cort all along the route and the music truck
will accompany the second leisure leg of the
Although it's a skate-a-thon, people like
me whose skater days are gone can tag
along on bikes and lend support to this fun
sporting initiative. And, though there is no
prize category for skateboards, you guys are
There will be no registration for the speed
skate on the day, so make sure you register
The leisure skate section starts at 9am at
the Furniture House car park, Barataria and
follows the music truck west along the East-
ern Main Road into Port-of-Spain to join the
Independence Day Parade ending at King
George V Park.
Register with RSAtt on the link below to
be eligible to win your own pair of skates in
the BMobile Skate Giveaway promotion.
Registration costs $60 and is free for full
members---as in: members who have paid
their dues to date. There are a limited num-
ber of rental skates available for $40 on a
first-come basis for registered participants.
(You're advised to call first to verify sizes
The draw for the BMobile Skate Giveaway
will be held at the Furniture House car Park
at 9am on Independence Day, just before the
posse leaves for the leisure skate.
There are other prizes to be won as well:
The RSAtt member receiving the most
pledges wins a new pair of roller/inline
skates of their choice. The RSAtt member
with the most votes received wins a new
pair of roller/inline skates of their choice. All
pledges and votes must be received by mid-
night on Friday August 30 in order to be eli-
gible for those prizes. Winners can choose
from any skates on the RSAtt site up to a
value of TT$2,000.
• Register: rsatt.com/SkateAThonRegis-
• For additional info: call 310-0395 or
There's a whole lot of uproar over the Russian's passing
of a law banning homosexuality. How this affects athletes'
participation in games is beyond me.
Now, before anyone goes and starts to talk about my
homophobia or any other such nonsense, let me be clear
from jump: anyone is free to lead any kind of lifestyle they
Now, of course, the religious right wing is going to jump
in and say that I'm endorsing homosexuality and therefore
I should rot in whichever hell the various scriptures pre-
Well, truth be told, I don't really care what people do in
their bedrooms. I do, however, care about what happens on
the field of play and how athletes represent their lifestyle
choices does affect how society accepts those choices.
Anyone can be gay. That's a fact of human and mam-
malian life. Studies show that maybe as much as 10 per
cent of any biological population may participate in homo-
sexual behaviour. However, only humans have figured out
the tricks needed to perform successful gender reassign-
ment surgery. Aside from humans, there are no other
mammal species seeking gender reassignment. This phe-
nomenon is less than 100 years old.
In recent years, the GLBT community has adopted sev-
eral strategies from the American civil rights movement of
the 50s and 60s and used them to propel gay rights into
the front of the public domain. They have a right to do so.
However, Russia also has a right to decide their own
state policy and legislation and
the idea that athletes should boy-
cott an international games---the
upcoming Winter Olympics in
Sochi---is preposterous. But, then
again, I'm not gay, so maybe I'm
missing the point?
Whatever the situation, be
prepared to face the GLTG agenda
as the community keeps driving
the message across the media
airwaves, as Kseniya Ryzhova
and Tatyana Firova did when they
kissed on the podium during their
medal ceremony after the Russ-
ian quartet won the women's
4x400m relay in Moscow.
Old people say: "What ain't miss you ain't pass you" and
that's a good lesson in patience and acceptance of the fates.
But, sometimes it's that same thing that turns Trini mellow-
ness into complacency. Take the tale of two cities: Beijing and
Throw your eyes back a few years, to 2008, in the Chinese
capital of Beijing, where the finals of the Olympic games
stopped and held its breath for what we all anticipated at the
birth of a legend: Usain Bolt's attempt at the 100m final.
Bolt's times had proceeded in a downward spiral through the
rounds, from a near-pedestrian 10.20 in the first round heats to
a 9.85 in the semi, against an American, Walter Dix, and compa-
triot, Michael Frater. But, splitting the green and yellow surge
of Jamaicans was a Trini, Marc Burns, whose season best of
9.97 in third place had guaranteed him a place in the final.
Not long after, in the other semi, another Trini would have his
hands full with another Jamaican in the lane next to him.
Richard Thompson, in lane seven, dropped into the blocks next
to Asafa Powell, in six---who had been showing the form needed
to unseat Bolt's claim to the Olympic crown.
Since Ato Boldon led the way in the 90s, Trini sprinters have
always been close to the finals, but here we saw two of our
guys suit up for a major championship---three Jamaicans, two
Americans and two Trinis---but all eyes were on lane four,
where Bolt was getting set to take the world's imitation into
the stratosphere of the unbelievable.
The eye blinks every five seconds, so it literally was only a
couple blinks later, in 9.69 seconds, that Bolt flashed across the
line a winner, in a new world record that he is yet to beat, but,
leaning next to him in an equally unbelievable red, white and
black surge, was Thompson, to take the silver.
Flash forward to Moscow, this past week, and we see an-
other Thompson, this time recovering from injuries and unable
to keep up with the men who passed him into the 100m finals.
Time longer than twine, is another things old people say, but,
in the world of men's sprinting, time shorter than blinks.
Thompson, and another Trini teammate, Keston Bledman,
never made it out of the heats in Moscow, but, in time, we will
see these men again in world class finals.
Blink and you'll miss it.
• Check out how Usain Bolt prepares for Moscow:
One of my favorite things about Hous-
ton Rockets point guard, Jeremy Lin, is
his ability to laugh at himself which is
what he exactly does in this video on his
YouTube channel: youtu.be/5RzI6_4-_jQ
Houston Rockets point guard, Jeremy
Lin, gets ready to bring it hard next
season. With the addition of Dwight
Howard, Lin has more passing op-
tions and that would open up his
game even more than last season's
INDEPENDENCE DAY 15K
Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, and Trinidad and Tobago's Rondel Sorrillo start in a men's
100-metre heat at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in
Moscow, Russia. Sorrillo finished fifth in the race, with a time of 10.25. AP Photo
The skater scene is not just for little kids anymore. People of all ages will
come out for the RSAtt Skate-a-Thon to herald Independence Day 2013.
Russians Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova kiss on the podium after receiving
medals for their 4x400m World Championship. The runners have used their gold
medal win as a platform for protesting their country's anti-gay legislation.
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