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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 11, 2014
If you talk to people involved in sport in T&T
today, you will get a sense that they are mostly
frustrated and fed up. There is the belief that not
much is happening. Many aren t seeing the progress
they expected or desired. Troubles are abundant.
Turning troubles into opportunities. How do we
cope when things don t go our way? When nothing
you do seems to be turning out how you expected.
In the world of sport setbacks, losses, adversity and
mistakes and the consequences of mistakes are the
day to day experience and reality.
There is the daily question---tough luck or wrong
The temptation to retreat and quit is a dilemma
that is faced by everyone involved in sport. How do
you pick yourself up and get back into the cauldron?
There is the age old exhortation when troubles hit,
dig deep and keep fighting. It s the individual or team
that wants it more who win at the end of the day.
It s the difficult times that reveal true mettle and
character. Difficult times are when class, dignity and
being a positive influence matters most.
The temptation to be destructive and negative is
The freedom to choose and the free will to make
decisions presents a major trap.
We are allowed to do anything we want. But not
everything is beneficial.
In the sporting environment it s not always the
star or the person with the most talent and potential
who can be depended on in the difficult moments.
It s the individual with character who makes the
positive difference, the person who makes everyone
around them better is the best teammate---the person
who puts the best interest of the team or group first.
It s a choice. We are around people every day whom
we can either serve by helping to make them better
or ignore and focus on our own needs.
It s helpful to always ask yourself what kind of
teammate am I.
Is my priority to bring out the best in my team-
Everyone gets discouraged at some point especially
when faced with failure, mistakes or frustrating
periods when nothing seems to be going right.
But the true mettle of a man or woman, a group,
team or organisation is how the difficult and trying
periods or moments are overcome.
It s easy to forget that success in anything isn t
accomplished in a day.
It takes time, patience, discipline, determination
Notwithstanding the best intention of so many.
The cold harsh reality is that failure comes before
success. You will hardly find anyone who has attained
success anywhere in the world who will not have a
story of hardship, challenges and adversity.
To expect that sport here in T&T will have it any
different is unrealistic and a pure fantasy.
Sport is worth trouble and frustrations
The KCL Capital South Open tournament host-
ed by the Tennis Association of T&T, will be
played at the Petrotrin Point-a-Pierre courts
next week Saturday and Sunday.
Competition will be played in both the women
and men s singles categories while there will also
be a men s doubles category.
Entries will close on Saturday and forms are
available at the tournament s Web site or at the
following venues: Tatt office; Harry s Sports World,
St James Street, San Fernando; Cite Up Limited,
Princess Margaret Street; Rhonda Mohammed,
Shaw Park Tobago and from committee mem-
The draw will be contested next Tuesday at
Petrotrin Sports Club, Point a Pierre.
South Open starts
THINGS THAT MATTER
There is the old saying nothing worthwhile
was ever achieved without struggle.
Moving sport in T&T forward has always
demanded an indomitable will.
Maybe if we paid more attention to the stories
and lessons of our sporting heroes and achievers
past, those who seek to make a contribution now
and in the future, will be inspired and encouraged.
Then again, it s easy to be discouraged as the
more things change the more they remain the
It s important not to be discouraged. Sport is
worth all the trouble and frustrations.
There is always a silver lining. No surrender.
Keep fighting sport matters.
Brian Lewis is the President of the Trinidad
and Tobago Olympic Committee. The views
expressed are not necessarily those of the TTOC.
The cold harsh reality is that failure
comes before success. You will hardly
find anyone who has attained success
anywhere in the world who will not have
a story of hardship, challenges and
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