Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 31st 2014 Contents In this final interview before his death
Grant underscored the fact that science
was the way forward in the world of
"That is a fact! Most coaches especially
in the individual sports do it (coach)
because they love it. They still have a full-
time job. They don t get paid for coaching,
so we take our spare time and do the
coaching, even though we are doing that
we still find time to improve our theory.
So we do the courses and we have the
experience. So it is something that we are
working towards. But there is a level of
coaching that most in the field can t make
financially," said Grant.
He added, "We definitely want to reach
the higher levels and there is a way to go
forward doing that. But what I am sug-
gesting is that with the ministry s (of
Sports) help there must be a little more
professionalism with regard to helping
people reach that Elite (coaching) level.
"We had one coach in our cycling fra-
ternity who went to Switzerland for a
course for about two of three months
long. He had to spend his own money.
He s not making any money because he
had to go away. The kind of job he does,
"So he made a huge sacrifice and he
was asking to get some of the funds back
and that s a difficult thing. They (the
Cycling Federation) were negotiating with
him with regards to him teaching the
other coaches what he learnt to off-set
some of his cost. We want to be able to
carry athletes to the highest levels. How
capable it is, how easy it is expected to
be done depends on how many people
can go ahead, on their own, and attain
the knowledge required."
Up to the time of his death Grant was
a sales representative with insurance giant
Sagicor and coach of Arima-based Bike
Smith Cycling Club. The club was founded
Grant said he was proud of the number
of youths the club attracted: between ages
12 to 22 years. Citing the enthusiasm of
young cyclists, he was eager to discover
the many diamonds that would come out
of the rough.
Back then, he shared what the Coach
of the Year Title meant to him
"The award meant I was doing some-
thing right. For that to happen, the athletes
under my charge have been doing well.
A lot of them have shown a lot of
improvement and they have been winning
out their categories. For me, my crowning
moment of course is with Kianna Lester
and what she has achieved. We have a
lot to grow, but it seems that I m on the
right road," he said.
Lester was a gold medallist at the 2013
Junior Road Championships staged by the
T&T Cycling Federation.
Clinton Grant began cycling at age 16.
At age 42, he was still regarded as one of
this country s top sprinters. He would
have celebrated his 43 birthday in Sep-
During the interview, Grant made it
clear that his ability to successfully medal
at the Central American and Caribbean
(CAC) Games could not have been possible
within the unswerving support of his
community and his coaches.
He had hoped to pass on the lessons
bestowed onto him from others who
believed in him. He represented T&T at
three CAC Games. He made an equal
numbers of appearances at the Pan Amer-
ican Games and Commonwealth Games.
During his career, Grant also qualified and
competed at the World Champions.
"I missed out on the Olympics, unfor-
tunately. I have been at the top level of
the sport for over ten years in my career.
That success was a lot of work on my
part, but a lot of support from a lot of
people and that s what it takes because
no athlete ever gets to the top on their
own. Usually, when you find top athletes
you find a strong support system behind
them, especially somebody going it on a
consistent basis; be it a coach or the fam-
ily," he said.
Sports was not just about physical
prowess said Grant.
He was quick to note that a lot more
attributes were required, especially in the
area of psychology adeptness because it
was tough for students to push them-
Grant said, "The development comes
from how things are at home, to how
things are going in school, to how much
access you have to proper facilities. All
these things do count as well as meeting
the right people along the way to give
you that guidance.
"Development will come in different
factors in that we allow the best: the prop-
er sport nutritionist, psychologist with
regards to how to stay focused, students
especially. They are under a lot of stress
to do well in school, especially in our
(education) system. How do you stay com-
petitive in school and competitive in the
sport? When one falters it places a strain
on the other."
Monday, March 31, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Former national cyclist and T&T Cycling Feder-
ation s Coach of the Year 2013, Clinton Grant, who
died on Saturday, had set himself the task of defend-
ing coaches in his field who were being severely
criticised for their lack of expertise.
In an exclusive Guardian interview in February,
Grant expressed the view that this category of coaches
had a passion for cycling that needed to be encouraged
rather than have their fire for nurturing young cyclists
His plan was to advocate for a practical and carefully
sequenced series of development programmes to be
introduced aimed at heightening their qualification
Grant died on the weekend before he could see
this aspect of his comprehensive advocacy campaign
He was riding along the Audrey Jeffers Highway
on Saturday with triathlete Rosanne Abraham, when
a car slammed into him. Grant died at the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital.
Emergency surgery had to be performed on Abra-
ham at St Clair Medical Centre. Her conditioned was
being reported as stable.
Clinton Grant's last interview
Science the way forward for cycling
In an effort to raise awareness of
cyclists use of the nation s roads, the
T&T Cycling Federation (TTCF) has
asked all competitive and casual riders
to wear black in protest at today s
Southern Games fun ride.
The ride is set to begin at the Petrotrin
Sports Club, Pointe-a-Pierre, from 7
am, and will head to Charlie King Junc-
The protest comes following the death
of former national cyclist and coach
Clinton Grant, 42, who was killed while
riding on the Foreshore, Audrey Jeffers
Highway, on Saturday.
He was reportedly struck from behind
while utilising the shoulder of the road,
while coaching another rider, Rosanna
Abraham. Abraham subsequently
required emergency surgery and was said
to be resting comfortably in hospital up
to Saturday evening.
A release issued by the TTCF asked
riders "to wear black to support that
cyclists use the roads, too."
"The ride will also be used to raise
the awareness of motorists to look out
for cyclists on the road," the release said.
Cycling federation calls for protest
at Southern Games fun ride
set himself the
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