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Most of the good in T&T cen-
tres around our youth in sport.
Let s look at some of them.
A young man with tremendous
pedigree, not just in his family, but
also in his education (Queens Royal
College). He has always maintained
a strong level of humility while
personifying a quiet confidence.
The fact, that he was able to
appreciate the value of home life
and homemade education at the
University of the West Indies has
also demonstrated his thought
processes, and his intelligence.
The comfort of having persons
around you, who you know and trust,
is vitally important in any sporting
athlete s growth. I will always
remember the disappointment on
his face after the 400 metres finals
at the London Olympics.
But you also sensed that he was
determined to bounce back and
could do this. And in August at
the World Championships, he did
just that, cruising into the final
with the words "I am having fun,"
which translated means, I am feel-
ing very good with my state of
mind. I am going to win this. I
remember telling him that he
would win and he just smiled.
He is our future, but we should
not put too much pressure on him,
he has a very good management
and coaching team, filled of high
quality individuals, who seek his
best interest. This is critical for all
young sporting persons.
Darren Michael Bravo
Without question, this youngster
is possibly the best batsman in the
region, in terms of technique, skill
and shot selection.
His natural game seems to be
molded on test cricket, but he has
demonstrated that he can adapt
to both one day cricket and T20.
It is the best news ever, that
before the end of the year, the West
Indies will be playing five Tests, two
against India and three against New
Zealand, both overseas series, as it
will give Bravo a great opportunity
to continue his progress.
We need to allow young Bravo,
time to be his own man and estab-
lish his own legacy. There is a
strong sense of determination and
purpose, added to his educational
background (Fatima College), and
his dedication to training.
After a tremendous performance
in the London Olympics, with a
fourth place finish in the Match
Sprint, Phillips is back in search of
his dream. His strong endurance
and perseverance speaks volume for
him in the future and with the prop-
er guidance and support, he can
continue to proudly carry our flag.
We must just ensure that we
continue to support him, with
more action than words, when and
as soon as he needs assistance.
What gives me strength in his
powers, is his mental capacity,
which at the moment, is partic-
A gold medal at the London
Olympics, followed by a disap-
pointing finish a year later in the
World Championships, needs to
be measured carefully with serious
discussion and some introspection
on what went wrong.
Corrective action is important,
but not at the expense of eroding
Walcott s self-confidence. And
while, there were errors in 2013,
these are life lessons and once they
can be corrected and he can
become fit again and spend more
time with his coach, then he is
young enough to succeed again.
He has the right demeanour and
appears to have recognised what may
have gone awry, let us hope his han-
dlers do likewise and look at them.
When you watch the progress
of Dylan Carter, it is both revealing
and pleasing. A silver medalist at
the World Youth Swimming
Championships in Dubai, this 6ft
young man, is only a boy with a
gracious kindred spirit and friendly
happy demeanour, which makes
him dangerous to all his opponents
now and in the future."
There is nothing but determination
in what he does and what he wants
to achieve. He has to make a decision
on his swimming races soon since
he wants to swim "them all."
He wants to enjoy himself and
not be limited and this is important.
He is definitely one for the future,
along with many others who trav-
elled to Dubai, such as Joshua
Romany, Kristen Julien, Jonathon
Ramkissoon and Tyler Martin.
There is a common thread in all
of these sporting persons, and that
is family---and family support, all
of them will acknowledge the sup-
port of their parents and close
family friends and also their
respective coaches, who through-
out their formative years and now
have given them the training and
belief, they can succeed.
Our youth the future of T&T
Andre E Baptiste
Champion 400M hurdler Jehue Gordon presents his mother with a bouquet
during a reception hosted by the Ministry of Sport in his honour at the Hyatt
Regency, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday. PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
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