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Team Earthquake, led
by former national
Jason Gooding, led his
team to a convincing
win at the Alamo "Drive
Happy" Tag team
triathlon at Las Cuevas
mixed team, which
included Tamiko Butler
of Antigua, Christianne
Farah (national sprint
champion), and James
Amow, won the 200m
swim, 5km bike and 1km
run on the beach in a
time of 1:24:05. The sum
of their ages was 102
some stiff competition in
the early part of the race
was Fasttrack, consisting
of youngsters Jordan Van
Gillette, Lilly Stauble and
Sebastian Bos, whose
combined age was just
57 years. They placed
second in the Open cat-
egory in 1:24:35.
"This is the future of
this sport," said former
TTTF president Ian
"And there are even a
few more right behind
them. Triathlon has a
future in this country."
Taking third Open spot
was RWTC Teamours,
consisting to Nicola de
Pass, Scott Marchack,
Laura Kalee and former
national triathlon cham-
pion Ancil Greene. Their
combined age was 101
years. Time was 1:46:08.
Team Hope "Young
Stars", the oldest team in
race with a combined age
of 175, placed fourth in a
time of 1:46:08. Their
members included Cindy
Xavier, Derek Daniel,
Diane Henderson (former
triathlon champion) and
made up of two females
and two males each, took
part in the race. Sponsors
included Alamo, NLCB,
SporTT, Blue Waters,
and the TTTF.
I have been asked time and
time again how we can translate
sporting success into sustainable
prosperity. How can we use the
"athletes mindset" as life lessons?
The answer isn t a simple one.
There are contradictions that
wouldn t make sense to some of
us.It begins with this statement.
Greatness is service. The Bible
emphasises the importance of
guarding our hearts. That s because
our hearts can determine the
course of our lives. Our thoughts,
emotions, and intentions will shape
everything we do and every deci-
sion we make.
So it is important for us to guard
our inner attitudes jealously . Just
as your physical health is affected
by what you eat; your mental, spir-
itual and emotional health is
affected by the thoughts and
images you consume.
In the context of sport and our
involvement in sport it s important
to examine our motives at all times.
Why are we involved in sport?
What matters most to us as an
individual and as a group?
What drives and motivates us?
The answers to such questions
determine the fruits of our labour.
If you want the course of your
life to produce good fruit, doing
good and doing things for the right
reasons go hand in hand.
When things aren t going the
way you would like, pay attention
to your thoughts. Guard your heart.
Society places value on objects,
on wealth, on the size of your
house, and on the number of cars
in our garage. Society emphasises
things like trophies, awards, and
winning simply for the sake of
What do we value more?
Many of the problems facing
not just sport in T&T but our soci-
ety as a whole are in our minds
We have allowed self-interest
and selfishness to become the
agenda. Service, yes...but self-ser-
vice rather than service to others.
It s no longer about service to
society, our country, community,
sport or the greater good.
No longer about service to the
children, youth and young people
or our athletes.
It s all about self.
Service to others for some is
servitude---placing themselves and
their needs at a disadvantage.
The deficiencies in T&T sport
is no more than the deficiencies
that are at the heart of our soci-
ety.Some perspective is required.
It s not all doom and gloom but
what is required is an unflinching
An argument exists that long
term remedial work is of utmost
We must be bold and face the
reality that it is service, not self-
ishness, that fosters sustainable
excellence and achievement.
Making a positive difference
requires a focus not on what s in
it for the self but on how can indi-
vidual excellence contribute to the
What s in your heart and head
T&T has a high expectation for
success and achievement and there
is absolutely nothing wrong with
To desire and demand success
without appreciation of the need
for paying attention to the basics---
be they physical, mental, tactical,
emotional and spiritual---will only
result in frustration.
Winning is about being able to
consistently perform the basics
Earthquake shakes up
Alamo tag team triathlon
Alamo Tag Team triathlon winners James Amow, from left, Christianne Farah,
Jason Gooding and Tamiko Butler.
The right mentality---the winning
mentality---is shaped by constant prac-
We need to rekindle character traits
such as charity, respect, prudence, hon-
esty and commitment.
We can t make the assumption that
we re all in it for the same reasons.
We must gain a full understanding
of our motivations and specific needs.
That s where I go back to the point
that selfishness and self-interest is a
How can you put the best interest
of others first if you are blinded by a
concentration on "what s in it for me?"
We have to resist the temptation to
take the easy option.
It s not easy given the power of the
celebrity culture and consumerism that
fuels a sense of entitlement and oppor-
Individualism makes some of us
ruthless, judging everything in the light
of self-interest and always seeking to
maximise personal gain.
Many who have been entrusted with
leadership positions are more consumed
by recreating the world in their own
image and likeness. The hunger for the
things that power can achieve rather
than to serve and bring value to the
greater good. Service is easier said than
But all is not lost.
Sober reflection and honest self-
evaluation while not easy or comfortable
is necessary. It may bring more ques-
tions than answers but if we are to
move forward and realise our full and
true potential, now is as a good time
as ever as the year draws to a close and
we look to a new year.
Success and sustainable excellence
and prosperity begins with a service
Brian Lewis is the president of the
T&T Olympic Committee. The views
expressed are not necessarily those of
the TTOC. For more information on
the TTOC and the Global Olympic
movement visit www.ttoc.org.
Success starts with mindset of service
THINGS THAT MATTER
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