Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 29th 2014 Contents A56
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, March 29, 2014
Grace Wilkes-Wossley, daughter of
this country s first Olympic medallist,
Rodney Aldolphus Wilkes, yesterday
called for her father s San Fernando
home to be converted into a gymnasium
and named in his honour.
This, she said, would be a fitting tribute
to a man who put T&T s name on the
world sport map when he won silver in
the featherweight class of weightlifting
at the 1948 Olympic Games in London
and bronze in the 1952 Olympics in
Yesterday Wilkes-Wossley, delivering
the eulogy at her father s funeral at the
St Paul s Anglican Church, Harris Prom-
enade, San Fernando, said Wilkes home
on Bertrand Street should be converted
to a "place where the youths could train
and keep away from crime."
She expressed gratitude to the Ministry
of Sport and Youth Affairs for covering
the cost of the funeral.
Wilkes, 89, died on Sunday at the San
Fernando General Hospital of prostate
Yesterday a small gathering of members
of the sporting fraternity turned up at
Wilkes funeral to bid farewell to the
Olympic hero. Among the mourners were
San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein and
members of the San Fernando City Coun-
cil.The Olympic rings accompanied a
wreath that was placed on top of Wilkes s
casket, which contained a banner with
T&T s national flag and Wilkes s name
acknowledging him as T&T s first Olympic
Wilkes-Wossley lamented that although
her father brought international recog-
nition to T&T he had not been sufficiently
recognised for his contribution nor the
sacrifices he made. Students studying at
all levels, she said, should read about her
father s sporting achievements.
While he was alive, she said, he was
often overlooked, but he was a simple
man of "a certain dignity" who believed
that if he had to be given something he
"It would be done without advocacy,
with asking, without begging," she said.
She said when he decided to compete
at the Olympics he did it on his own.
"He had nothing, he had to make con-
traption and he improvised with train-
Growing up, she said, Wilkes was just
"Daddy" to her and her three siblings,
they did not know him as a sporting
superhero. She said she felt utmost pride
when she came across her father s name
in the Guinness World Book of Records.
Wilkes s Olympic coach and friend
Alexander Chapman, who also delivered
a eulogy, described Wilkes as an icon and
Canon Caesar, in his homily, urged
people to follow in Wilkes s footsteps.
"Rodney believed that he possessed
the ability to do the things that he did
and he did it to the best of his ability
and he was duly rewarded.
National men s volleyballer standout Marc-Anthony
Honore and Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon Benfica
continued their winning streak in the six-team Cham-
pionship Round playoffs of the A1 Men s Division
Volleyball League with another (3-0) victory, 25-21,
25-11, 25-21 away to Castelo da Maia on Sunday.
The win carried Benfica, the 13-time Portuguese
champions to 27 points with its 5-0 record, seven clear
of AJF Bastardo which had its match versus CA Madalena
postponed while third placed SC Espinho outlasted
Vitoria SC, 25-23, 31-29, 25-23, to climb to 18 points
to end the first round.
Today, Benfica will start off the second round at
home to SC Espinho which it defeated 25-22, 25-19,
25-22 on the road in the first round and then face Vitoria
Over in France, Ryan Stewart, who joined Honore
last month as T&T s lone professional men players,
also improve his club, Amiens Longueau Metropole
win streak to three matches since his arrival in the
Men s Elite Division Relegation eight-team.
Amiens battled past Beaucourt-Sochaux 25-14, 25-
11, 21-25, 25-27, 15-12 to improve to 4-5 from nine
matches with ten points, just ahead of its opponent
based on sets won and lost but four points away from
the safe zone of the top four clubs.
Also today, Stewart and his teammates will go after
a fourth straight win as they seek to avoid relegation
when they face Conflans-Andresy-Jouy which was
beaten 21-25, 25-19, 23-25, 23-25 by CA Brive.
In the French Women s Ligue A, senior national
women s duo Channon Thompson and Darlene Ramdin
faced off in a contest which brought relief to one and
demotion anguish to the other.
Coming out on top was the 24-year-old Ramdin and
her Terville Florange, who came from behind to register
a 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 14-25, 15-10 triumph over the
19-year-old Thompson and her Evreux club.
With the win, its first in four matches, Terville Florange
(6-15) moved to 20 points from 21 matches and ninth
on the 12-team table to be certain of league play next
season with one match left to play while Evreux (2-19)
stayed bottom of the 12-team standings with only eight
points, five behind fellow relegated club, Quimper VB
29. Going into final round of matches, Ramdin s Terville
Florange still has a chance to qualify for the quarterfinal
as they trail eighth-placed Istres (9-12) by one point,
but must beat sixth-placed Stade Francais while hoping
Istres loses to seventh-placed Venelles.
When Stade Francais faced Terville Florange in round
one it won 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18.
At the end of the 22-match schedule, the top eight
clubs will contest the Championship playoffs while the
bottom two will be relegated.
Honore's Benfica keeps rolling
The casket bearing the body of the T&T first Olympic Medalist Rodney Wilkes
is carried out of the St Paul's Anglican Church by Alexander Chapman, left, and
Patrick Laurence step son. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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