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O ce Days - Sangre Grande
The Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) is pleased to inform of its
O ce days at the Sangre Grande at the Conference Room, Technical
Building, Sangre Grande Regional Corporation (SGRC), Rahim Street,
Sangre Grande on every 4th Wednesday of every month.
O cers of the Commission will be at the Technical Building Conference
Room on the dates listed below during the period January - March, 2014
For further information visit www.equalopportunity.gov.tt or contact us at
The Equal Opportunity Act No 69 of 2000 as amended by Act No. 5 of 2001
provides for prohibition and prevention of certain kinds of discrimination. It
also seeks to promote equal opportunity between persons of di erent status.
THINGS THAT MATTER
The home of sport champions and gold
medals. It s an aspiration, a dream, a big goal.
T&T can be a dream factory a place where
sport dreams become reality. But reality
demands an action plan.
One characteristic all champions have is
they are never completely satisfied with their
performance. They are their own harshest crit-
ic.It's all about making yourself prepared. You
can't doubt yourself. You have to be confident
and go for it. In big games and events and at
big moments, it comes down to who wants it most.
When everyone is tired, it's about who wants it most,
who will dig deep and make the extra effort.
What drives a champion? It's the joy found in
effort. The resolute quest for excellence. It's the
courage to lay down a marker.
Last Saturday at the Jean Pierre Complex, the T&T
Olympic Committee (TTOC) held the first of three
fitness tests as part of the selection criteria for upcom-
ing Commonwealth, Youth Olympics and Central
American and Caribbean (CAC) Games.
Started in 1997, there is an improvement in the
attitude of some sports to the concept of the "Beep"
This improvement was on display at the Complex
as some 100 athletes of varying ages from a number
of sports turned up.
The TTOC was supported by Tobias Ottley, exec-
utive manager of the Sport Company of T&T High
Performance Unit and his staff.
It was a fantastic atmosphere. There are some
extremely bright and talented young people who
have followed their passion and gone and studied
sports science, sports medicine, sports nutrition,
sports management, sport physiology, bio mechanics,
kinesiology etc, and they are willing to give back and
make a contribution.
I make the bold prediction that it is these young
people who will be the catalyst for the transformation
of sport in T&T.
Those who doubt that T&T could be the home of
world champions and Olympic gold medals needed
to be at the Complex to see for themselves the rev-
olution taking place.
The TTOC is committed to creating the environ-
ment that will encourage, engage and empower ath-
letes, youth and young people. They must have a
voice and be given equal opportunity.
T&T sport need new ideas, new hopes, new aspi-
rations, new people and more creativity.
This is why the TTOC's Athlete Commission career,
mentor and welfare programmes are essential.
If we want T&T to be the breeding ground for
young talent. We have to meet our athletes and young
people at the point of their need.
The future for the next generation of sport stars
can be as bright as we want to make it.
But to do so we must tap in to the vision, enthu-
siasm and commitment of the athletes and the young
people who want to make a contribution. The concept
of paying your dues must not be an artificial bar-
The views, ideas, concerns and voice of the athletes
and young people must be welcomed, embraced,
empowered and given priority.
Young people must be given a hands on role in
spreading the gospel of sport. Investing in youth is
a priority. We have an incredibly talented group of
young people within T&T sport.
Give them a chance. The faith shown in them will
be of immense benefit not only to sport but T&T
society on the whole.
Empower them. The future of sport is in the hands,
minds, voices and spirit of young people who are
determined to make a positive difference.
They need opportunity and positive role models
and to be part of a bottom up and grassroots mobil-
isation that symbolises values of honesty, integrity,
excellence and achievement.
Sport can help young people live a life of joy.
Brian Lewis is the President of the Trinidad and
Tobago Olympic Committee- http://www.ttoc.org/. The
views expressed aren't necessarily those of the TTOC.
Make that extra effort
for our athletes
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