Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 17th 2013 Contents Sport is all about pushing
yourself to become the best. It s
about striving for excellence but
doing so within an ethical and
moral framework that has
integrity as the cornerstone.
Sport and sports events present
an ongoing challenge for the simple
reason that without people and
the involvement of people there is
no sport. You are constantly deal-
ing with all manner of people and
issues that at any one moment in
time can impact positively or neg-
atively individuals and their rep-
Organisations are made up of
people, and once you have a group
of people complications can arise.
Discussions and debates focus
a lot about the content of sport at
the expense of context.
Vested interests come into play.
Understanding the realities of plan-
ning and delivery matter.
Embracing new ways of working
and new ways of thinking can be
sacrificed at the altar of vested
We have become excellent at
focusing on the wrong problem
missing in the process the context
of what exactly is the root cause
or the core issue.
Sound decision making is based
on accurate information especially
in an environment where sport
has to work very hard to attract
the support it needs.
As we look ahead to a new year.
How do we create the environment
that will allow successful achieve-
2014 is going to be a significant
year for national sport organisa-
tions, their athletes, coaches and
teams. There are three major
events under the authority of the
TTOC. They are Youth Olympic
Games in Nanjing, China, Com-
monwealth Games in Glasgow,
Scotland and the Central America
and Caribbean Games in Vera
For the athletes and national
teams eyeing podium success
Christmas and Carnival reprensent
or should represent a distraction.
Alcohol, over eating and training
down time is a detriment and may
well prove the difference between
success and failure.
How can you sustain the
required focus and self-discipline?
The answer is a simple on. How
high a value do you place on podi-
At the end of the day the will
power to make the sacrifices that
are part and parcel of elite level
sport can best be sustained if it
comes from inner motivation.
How do you rise above the grind
It must come from within.
There are days the urge to seek
the safety of ordinary is com-
pelling. At times it seems that it s
more acceptable to be ordinary
rather than extraordinary.
When there is progress there is
energy, in the face of a perception
of little progress energy gets
For many national sports organ-
isations, there is the perception
that 2013 was a year of lost oppor-
For many who aren t afraid to
face the hard truth, there is the
conviction that more could have
been and should have been
achieved. There are those who if
pressed would suggest that there
is the sense that a lot of progress
was really illusionary rather than
real and tangible.
The reasons vary and are very
much dependent on the overriding
perception of content rather than
Ask the same question to dif-
ferent stakeholders the common
thread is a perception of corruption
and a lack of integrity.
It is a draining experience to be
asked to make tough decisions and
sacrifices against a background of
gossip and rumours of corruption
in a myriad of forms.
As the year 2013 draws to a close
one can only hope that somehow
those who are contributing to the
perception of corruption and a lack
of integrity will mend their ways
and change their conduct in 2014.
There is a saying where there is
smoke there is fire.
Brian Lewis is the President
of the Trinidad and Tobago
Olympic Committee (TTOC).
The views expressed are not
necessarily those of the TTOC.
For more information about the
IOC, TTOC and the Olympic
Games visit www.ttoc.org
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The Port-of-Spain zone of the
T&T Table Tennis Association
will stage the Gordon Delph
Memorial table tennis tourna-
ment today at the Central Diego
Martin Community Centre,
Jasper Avenue, Diamond Vale.
Delph, a former Caribbean junior
champion and national men s sin-
gles champion, passed away on
December 4 at age 56 from brain
cancer. Delph was also a national
senior team coach.
National top seeded player Cur-
tis Humphreys, has confirmed his
participation, and will be the
favourite in the open gender cat-
Former Caribbean Champi-
onship men s doubles gold medal-
list Anthony "Sandfly" Brown is
also on the list of confirmed play-
ers, along with Everton Sorzano,
Michael Nanton, Kyle Borneo,
Andrew Alexander, Terry Corbin
and Declan John. Five-time nation-
al champion Reeza Burke is also a
likely starter in the tournament.
Prizes are being provided by West
Bees Supermarket, Diego Martin.
The first serve is at 6 pm, and
for more information, contact
Collin Cudjoe at 684-3953.
Gordon Delph Memorial tournament today
THINGS THAT MATTER
Kristien Emmanuel and
Samantha Olton led Queen s
Royal College (QRC) and Provi-
dence to the boys and girls Under-
15 division titles respectively,
when the T&T Hockey Board-
sSecondary schools indoor hock-
ey tournament was held at the
Woodbrook Youth Facility, last
In the boys division, Emmanuel
finished the competition as the
leading goalscorer with 15 goals,
while Olton was the top scorer (six)
and Most Valuable Player among
In the boys final against Fatima,
QRC won 2-1 on penalties after
regulation time ended 1-1. In the
third place match, South East Port-
of-Spain (SEPOS) also needed a
shootout to get past Trinity College,
Moka. After a 1-1 stalemate, SEPOS
edged Trinity 1-0.
In the girls final, Providence
defeated St Joseph Convent (Port-
of-Spain) 1-0, while the South East
girls followed their male counter-
parts, outlasting Holy Name 2-1
on penalties to win bronze.
Emmanuel, Olton lead QRC,
Providence to hockey titles
Where there is
smoke, there is fire
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