Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 28th 2014 Contents This past weekend T&T had the best
young track and field athletes compete
for glory at the T&T Relay Carnival,
which took place at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium, Port-of-Spain. Everyone worth
their spikes---from primary school to
university---competed for the right to
represent T&T and their school teams at
the Penn Relays, hosted annually since
1895 by the University of Pennsylvania
at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania. Usually held the final weekend
in April, Penn Relays is undoubtedly the
most auspicious gathering of track ath-
letes outside of international competi-
I had planned to attend both days,
however, due to the fact that man
makes plans in order for Gods to laugh, I
ended up stuck at the office late on Fri-
day, and home making a plane for Garrin
That's my excuse for not being
Trinidadians like to celebrate winners.
The triumph for Keshorn Walcott
seemed like it lasted longer than the
Olympics itself. The Olympic medalists
from London, 2012 were treated to as
much pomp and pageantry as any Trini
has ever been.
I recall when Tobagonian Claude Noel
won the WBA World Lightweight title. I
was in Standard Five at the time and we
made sure to have on the cleanest uni-
forms that day as all the kids from
Lower Morvant lined the Lady Young
road to catch a glimpse of the champ as
he drove by in his motorcade.
I remember, too, the Prince of Port-of-
Spain, rolling down the Eastern Main
Road with his buddy Shivnarine Chan-
derpaul sitting on the back headrest of a
Mercedes Benz coupe as everyone
toasted the record 375 against England.
The ultimate was the thiefhead of the
Soca Warriors's return from the World
Cup in Germany in 2006. To the casual
outsider everyone would have thought
Jack Warner was sincere in his effusive
thanks of the team that took our small
islands' flag to the top of the world of
football. Fooled me!
We love a mamaguy, I tell you, so this
week, with the death of T&T's first
Olympic medalist, Rodney
Wilkes, I'm certain that the powers that
be will bend over backwards to do in
death what no one every sought to do in
life: Pay proper respect to our heroes.
Wilkes's story will echo for many of
T&T's greats: victory against over-
whelming odds---the worst being the ap-
athy and indifference at home. I refuse
to share Wilke's podium shot from Lon-
don 1948, or the grainy, black and white
stills of the youth who seemed capable
of lifting the whole of Trinidad upon his
shoulders as he represented us with
feats of such amazing strength. Instead,
I show him as an old man, always hum-
ble, but now just a shadow of that inter-
Why? Because we like too much
bandwagonism---we like to be in every-
thing, but we fail at spotting the newest
trends we can create for ourselves.
We have soooooo much talent down
here! It's mind boggling! Not just in
track; not just the short sprints, but in
But like anything we didn't have to
work hard for, we take it for granted.
They give we free laptop in school; we
carry it home and mash it up. They give
we talent and speed and class to burn---
we coass and tell them: "Come back
when yuh win something."
So, instead of mourning Rodney Adol-
phus Wilkes, two-time Olympic medal-
ist; I am instead declaring his death a
tribute to the Gods. We return the
favour of your blessing us with abun-
dance with the soul of one of our great-
est. The sacrifices he made in life to
make us better than we are, we now
raise up as the standard for all Trinis to
follow. That way, he will live forever.
That way he will not be forgotten. Rod-
ney Adolphus Wilkes I declare you a God
of Trinidad and Tobago.
Rodney Wilkes was 23 when T&T won
its first Olympic medal---a silver at the
1948 Olympic Games in London. In this
photo he was 87, when he joined in the
celebration of Keshorn Walcott's
Olympic gold at the same city, in 2012.
Issue 133 • Friday, March 28, 2014
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Top Gear Festival Barbados and the Barbados Tourism
Authority announced today that Lewis Hamilton will ap-
pear on track behind the wheel of his Mercedes AMG
Petronas Formula One car during an adrenaline-fueled mo-
toring weekend on May 17-18.
Fans can expect to hear the spine-tingling roar of the F1
W04's Mercedes-Benz F1 engine as the Mercedes AMG
Petronas car makes history with its Caribbean debut by ap-
pearing at the newly renovated Bushy Park Circuit.
Formula One aficionados and motoring enthusiasts alike
will see Lewis in action, doing what he does best, as he
tears around the track in this extraordinary car. This is their
chance to witness Lewis drive in only his second season
with Mercedes---having joined the Silver Arrows works
team for the 2013 season---and achieving five pole posi-
tions in his F1 W04.
Petra Roach, Vice President of the Barbados Tourism Au-
thority UK, commented: "By bringing the F1 W04 to Barba-
dos, we're bringing the thrill of Formula One
to the festival. Having been driven by
Lewis and his teammate Nico Rosberg
during last year's season, it achieved
three race wins, nine podium appear-
ances and eight pole positions. Riding on this wave of suc-
cess, we're excited to bring the car to Barbados for an un-
missable weekend of top racing action."
Petrol-heads are in for a for a thrilling weekend of high-
octane motoring action as Jeremy Clarkson, James May
and Richard Hammond take part in a non-stop schedule of
motoring antics that will see The Stig and the Top Gear Live
Stunt Driving Team take to the track in a series of thrilling
stunts, races and challenges as well as legendary drivers
from Global Rally Cross compete in the first round of their
Tickets to this thrilling motoring weekend are limited. Vis-
itors are encouraged to book early so as not to miss the most
exciting new event on Barbados' 2014 entertainment and
motoring calendar. Bushy Park is a short drive from the is-
land's capital Bridgetown and from the international airport.
Tickets are on sale and priced at US$38 for a general ad-
mission; US$100 for Club
House; and US$250
for VIP Marquee.
start from US$25 for
Last weekend a new executive of the National Bas-
ketball Federation was elected. Garvin Warwick is the
new president of what was nearly a clean slate of
fresh faces in T&T hoops. Warwick, I hope you didn't
get set up for a fall.
I hope you are a man capable of the brand of poli-
tics that can turn the other cheek without at the
same time being two-faced.
T&T basketball is a sport in crisis. Funding, credibil-
ity, teams and talent identification for the next gener-
ation of Caribbean basketball superstars are depend-
ent on your ability to weld the dissident forces into an
You cannot rely on Derrick Boxill and Stephen
Lewis to beat everybody in CBC. Two men don't make
a team the same way one man doesn't make a Feder-
Work with your Zones, but be prepared to put them
on blast for the kindah tribal politics that has crippled
other executives in the past.
Don't try to reinvent the ball---you don't need
plans; you need action. Take the last executive's plans
and just do it.
Forget the small talk, T&T basketball doesn't need
the flash and the flans---we need a gritty player who's
ready to stand up in the middle of the paint and dig in.
You want to be a winner? Let the good people
elected with you get an opportunity to play their best.
Give them your sweat and your blood and you will
save yourself the tears. Pray a lot.
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