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How do we encourage operational
discipline within the national sport
other sport stakehold-
ers given that sport in
Trinidad and Tobago is
and will remain volun-
teer based and ama-
It s one thing to say
you want to do some-
thing; it s another thing
to get it done. The fact
of the matter is setting
goals and having plans
are just one aspect.
After the goal setting
and planning phase, you
have to put structure in
place to make it happen.
That means having the
resources, organisation, and processes
you need to execute your strategy.
What are we doing to encourage oper-
ational discipline? The question is asked
against the background that being a vol-
unteer or an amateur is not an excuse
for shoddy or inept work.
How do we put the right team in
place, one with the skills, knowledge,
and capabilities to accomplish the goals
or objectives that are set?
Have we critically analysed our
strengths and weaknesses? What are
our blind spots? There are a number of
things be they attitudes, mind-sets,
habits, and norms that inform how we
think and behave. Some of these are
part of our culture but if we are to be
honest, they may not necessarily be in
our best interest. How do we attract the
very best people and expect greatness
How we develop and retain people is
fundamental to sustainable success in
sport. When you get your team right,
you re going to get results.
What s working? What s not? Is our
approach the right one?
Are we building a firm platform?
There is no room for complacency.
If we want to create a culture of sus-
tainable success we first have to appre-
ciate that a great culture doesn t just
happen. It must be built deliberately
and it s the job of every single person
within T&T sport to create a culture
that says excellence.
What do we really stand for?
When people in T&T look at their
sport leaders what do they see? Do our
actions match our stated intentions?
Things change. Priorities change. The
economy changes. The business and
social climate changes. It s important
to let an organisation s culture change
too so that it doesn t start to feel static
and irrelevant to peo-
ple.It s not easy but
when something is not
right we have to grapple
and come to terms with
it. There are changes
taking place and to
remain relevant national
must embrace the
changes and be proac-
tive and integrative in
It will take a collec-
tive approach even
though some of us
would wish that things
remain the way they
were when our society was simple in
the way it was structured.
The hard harsh reality is that we must
adapt the timeless values and principles
of sport and Olympism and make it rel-
evant to modern society if sport is to
have a bright future.
It s not a question of selling out or
adopting an approach that suggests that
the end justifies the means or by all or
any means necessary.
It s about getting the right people in
the right place working as a team.
It s not only about winning medals
but about helping people live better.
Sports people have the energy, ideas,
creativity and above all the dreams.
What we offer to T&T is an experience
to be lived. We want to inspire people
to improve their lifestyle and to strive
for excellence in all areas of their lives.
But for some reason the message is get-
ting lost or not getting through to peo-
ple.It isn t enough to throw up our hands
in frustration and say that s the way it
is. There are no easy answers but we
must certainly have the will and deter-
mination to keep searching.
I wish to extend sincere condolences
to the family, friends and associates of
Bertrand Doyle for his unwavering serv-
ice, dedication and commitment to
national life in the spheres of insurance,
religion, education and sport. He made
a positive difference and contributed to
the development of T&T. RIP Mr Doyle.
Brian Lewis is the President of the
Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee
(TTOC). The views expressed are not
necessarily those of the TTOC. To contact
the TTOC: e-mail email@example.com. Phone
625-1285 or twitter @olympictt
shoddy work Ashwin Creed, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sport, cuts the ribbon to open the Ministry of Sport's
Sangre Grande office. Hazel Holder-Edwards, representative from the office of the Dr Rupert Griffith, left,
and Keshwar Maharaj, chairman, Sangre Grande Regional Corporation, right, are in attendence.
Whim Anglican boys over-
whelmed favourites Bon Accord
Government 4-0 to capture the
2013 Godrick Alfred Knockout
Cup at the Shaw Park Recreation-
al Grounds on Thursday.
The victory ended Whim s los-
ing streak in finals in the last two
years against Bon Accord.
Dion Job scored the first goal in
the tenth minute, while Domonic
Alfred, captain Gereeb Louis and
Tyreek Richards were the other
scorers in the 25th, 45th, and 50th
Louis led the attack for Whim
as Richards, Alfred and Nigel
Baynes made early inroads in the
Bon Accord defence.
Job got the opening goal when
he fired in a receiving a pass from
Louis. Kylon Brathwaite set up the
move, running down the left side.
Alfred almost made it two in the
next minute when he slipped by
a defender but was fouled. Louis
used his height advance through-
out the game by leaping and out
running the Bon Accord strikers.
He almost scored when he had a
powerful shot at goal from the top
of the penalty box, but the ball
Kyle Jack almost responded for
Bon accord in the 13th minute
passing to Hamilton Bristol but
defender Daniel Marcelle cleared
well for Whim. Alfred pestered the
Bon Accord defenders down the
right, often eluding the much taller
defender Arion George. The quick
attacker was eventually rewarded
when he slotted a ball from
Richards from a corner in the 25th
minute sending the Whim cheering
side of pupils and villagers into a
frenzy. Alfred and Louis had several
chances to add to the tally but goal
keeper Alexander made some cru-
cial saves. The first half ended 2-
0. On resumption, Louis scored in
the 45th minute when he fired in
a long range, left foot shot from
outside the penalty box, leaving
the keeper little chance. Richards
got Whim s fourth when he lobbed
a shot over the advancing keeper.
Substitute Nickoli Ince had his
chance to get his team s fifth in
the 70th minute but his long cross
was met by Oshea Williams to give
Whim a corner.
The defeat ended a string of vic-
tories by Bon Accord, who took
the Tobago and National Primary
Schools titles in 2012, beating
Whim on each occasion.
Whim too good for Bon Accord in Tobago
THINGS THAT MATTER
The Ministry of Sport opened
its new Sangre Grande Office on
Friday on the compound of the
Sangre Grande Community
Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Sport, Ashwin Creed
presented the feature remarks.
Creed stated that the office was
a major initiative as the Ministry
continued to create sporting
opportunities and encourage total
participation throughout T&T.
The Ministry, through its "Tak-
ing Sport to Rural Areas Pro-
gramme", which was launched in
June last year, has impacted many
rural communities and the estab-
lishment of the office is a part of
the Ministry s initiative to provide
sport for all.
The programme promotes
healthy lifestyles and increased
participation in schools and com-
munities. Improved physical health
contributes to productivity among
citizens and reduces the need for
The construction of the office
has enhanced the pre-existing
swimming pool facility. Ramps
that are in compliance with the
requirements for the physically
challenged have been installed and
there is now a car park with space
for 13 vehicles including reserved
parking for the physically chal-
With this new initiative, Creed
urged community members and
leaders to utilise the services
offered by the Ministry as the
Ministry continued to provide
opportunities for development.
Approximately 75 persons inclu-
sive of Hazel Holder- Edward, rep-
resentative from the office of Dr
Rupert Griffith and Keshwar
Maharaj, chairman Sangre Grande
Regional Corporation attended the
Ministry of Sport opens Grande office
Players of the victorious Whim Anglican boys footall team with the
trophy after capturing the 7th annual Goderick Alfred Cup, beating two-
time defending champions Bon Accord Government 4-0 in the finals at
the Shaw Park Recreational Grounds, Shaw Park on Thursday.
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