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When Kelson Figaro, captain of Roy-
alians RFC took the rostrum on Friday
night to accept the men s "Player of
the Year" award at the club s Christmas
dinner and awards ceremony held at
the VIP Room at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium in Mucurapo, he was the hap-
piest man alive!
His delight, however, was not solely
for his triumph on the night. Figaro was
doubly thrilled to have his fiance Dr
Dalia Jordan-Brown, winner of the
women s "Player of the Year" stand
They both straddle the playing posi-
tion of centre and fly half.
Both athletes hold spots on the
national rugby team, too.
But improvements in the perform-
ances of sportsmen and sportswomen
under this banner did not end with these
two dynamos of the sport, however.
Lincoln Perez and Kalifa Lovelace took
home award for "Most Disciplined Play-
er" (men s and women s). The honour
was for the high level of discipline they
demonstrated throughout the season as
it relates to practice and matches; and
includes punctuality, attitude towards
teammates and coaches. Their adherence
to rules and instructions were also critical
Royalians rivals better watch-out!
Joshua Seechan and Kanisha Vincent
are strategically honing their skills on
the field of play and their positive growth
have not gone unnoticed. Seechan was
voted the men s "Most Improved Player"
while Vincent won the prize among the
Jordan-Brown said people are always
marvelled by her involvement in the
sport citing her demands at school
studying medicine and now in the world
of work as a general practitioner in the
She is motivated by the love of the
sport which began six years ago, and
which has not waned.
Jordan-Brown was still amazed by
the fact that people don t know rugby
is played in T&T, more so competitive-
ly. On learning this, they quickly point
to perceived dangers believed to be
uniquely associated with the sport.
"How the game is, its controlled. The
laws protect you from being endangered
and once you play correctly and the
game is run in a certain way injuries are
minimal. I would like to reduce the bad
stereotype that comes with rugby and
to make it more known. When I started
playing, I just thought it looked like fun.
After a few weeks, that was it! I was
hooked! I don t know! I just haven t
stopped," she said.
On the issue of growing the sport,
Jordan-Brown believes the best strategy
is to make it a community sport, as it
seems to be more concentrated in Port-
She believes decentralising the sport
would generate new interest and grow
a new fans base to move the sport to
the primary column.
"Just how every community has a
football side, if every community had
a rugby side, the crowds will be there
and more people would want to play;
and people would stop asking if they
play rugby in T&T?
Figaro, 29, who is employed as a plant
operator at State-owned Wasa said while
attending San Juan Government Sec-
ondary, rugby was more common placed
than cricket, basketball or even foot-
The passion he developed for the
game 17 years ago, at school level guided
his interest to Royalians of which he has
been a member for the past 14 years.
Kelson Figaro, captain, Royalians men's team and men's Player of
the Year with Dalia Jordan-Brown, recipient of the award for
women's Player of the Year. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
Kanisha Vincent was adjudged the women's Most Improved Player. Ray Charles
made the presentation.
"Being captain of the team, I always
try to lead by example. I always try to
put my best foot forward, let everybody
see that the captain is playing his heart
out on the field and get all the other
boys to follow suit.
"My team is always the underdog.
Everybody routs for the underdogs, but
I don t want (us) to be the underdog.
I want us to be a champion team. I
always let the boys know we are a
champion team and people fear us. Peo-
ple fear underdogs," he said.
He spoke of the challenges of man-
aging his job and his sport, citing that
he works a shift system when means
he was absent from some practice ses-
Figaro said this was where good
human relations was crucial, because
his superiors at work and his teammates
made allowances for him because of
his excellence in both spheres.
Figaro, Jordon-Brown cop
Royalians top awards
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