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Led by the indomitable Betty Suite
of the Vesigny Vikings, 90 young kids
from Vesigny, Point Fortin and San
Fernando sailed straight to the heart
of Hawaiian 8th time Wind Surf
Champion, Kevin Pritchard, Venezue-
lan Diony Guadagnino, Hope LeVin
from Turks and Caicos and Brian
Talma from Barbados.
As far back as 2005, David Lewis
hosted a meeting in Holy Name Con-
vent, Point Fortin to introduce the idea
of a sailing school in the area to the par-
ents. Betty, who was then working in
the cafeteria, offered to do her best to
get the kids involved.
After what started as a quiet Saturday
in October 2005 with only three kids
on the beach, the Vesigny Vikings quickly
grew under Ms Suites’ guidance to a
full fleet of 110 kids, with off-shoots in
San Fernando Seas Scouts and the Point
Fortin Pirates in 2014.
Supported entirely by the Minister of
Sport, Honorable Anil Roberts and the
Sports Company of Trinidad and Toba-
go, the group was supplied with Opti-
mists boats, full sails, safety gear and a
competent group of coaches. Betty and
her coaching crew, Rodin Acosta, Joseph
Morain, Latoya Lopez, Faith Morain and
Carlos Ferreira are out every afternoon
and Saturdays coaching and the encour-
aging the kids to develop their skills in
sailing, team work, water safety and
Kids as young as six years old sail the
southern waters, barely able to see above
the boat, yet competent enough to out-
sail many adults.
In 2010 the Vikings were invited to
join the Tobago Carnival Regatta line up
in Pigeon Point and Betty was soon
organising the trucks to take the boats
across on the ferry, the taxis to transport
the kids and the adults to chaperone
them in Tobago.
The anxious kids were off on their
first major sailing tour to Tobago. The
excitement was palatable.
“We were very happy to have them
in Tobago, what was then only 30 kids
back in 2010, has now grown to 150
kids, with the inclusion of the Point
Fortin Police Youth Club, the Bon Accord
Police Youth Club and the Pigeon Point
Sailing School. It was nice to see the
excitement in their faces and that’s what
its all about—getting them to enjoy the
sea,” laughed Ms Borde.
Last year saw nine of the best Opti-
mists sailors join the crew of Carlos
Nurse in his Bumboat, their first expe-
rience sailing on a bigger boat, much to
their delight. Fifteen of the more expe-
rienced Optimists sailors raced against
the Bumboats as well, beating them on
When asked about her personal views
on the regatta Ms Suite became ani-
mated. “This is the best thing to happen
to these children. I want them to see
the world. Some of them have never left
the country far less gone to Tobago. This
is a big excursion for them. They never
stop talking about it. We took some of
the best ones to Antigua and they won
best dress in the Regatta Rash Guards.
Every year more and more kids are join-
ing, their parents come down to the
beach every afternoon to help, it’s a
Kevin Pritchard said: “There is so
much to take in here in Tobago. When
I was out there wind surfing today, I
passed a few of them ahead of their
race, and was surprised to see how
smoothly they maneuvered their boats
in all that wind. I have never heard pan
before. Such talented kids. This island
is an amazing place.”
Betty and her crew have much more
to offer in 2014, starting with their own
regatta on May 4th at the Point Fortin
Facility as the Vesigny Vikings take on
the Point Fortin Pirates.
The 2013 SOSA Female Athlete of the Year
Marisa Dick was recently crowned the champion
gymnast in the Canadian province of Alberta.
The 16-year-old Marisa participated in the
Artistic Gymnastics Provincials, the premier
annual competition for male and female gymnasts
in the province.
Over 500 athletes, 100 coaches and 50
officials made up the marquee event held at the
University of Lethbridge’s Centre for Sports and
Marisa’s champion placement means she will
be among a team of seven women to represent
Alberta at the Canadian National Championships.
According to coach Ovidiu Serban, “everyone
is impressed with how good Marisa is and the
support is amazing.”
Given her 50th place finish at the World Gym-
nastics Championships in 2013, there is every
chance Marisa may be the first Trinidad and
Tobago national to represent at the Common-
wealth Games in the sport.
This country’s National Invitational Champi-
onships will be held from 6-8 June, 2014.
This represents another situation where the
direct involvement of the Minister of Sport Anil
Roberts is paying rich dividends.
Roberts brought Dick home to prepare for her
outing and the experience has done her the world
Roberts is also in the process of trying to secure
a home for the sport in order to build it to a level
where more athletes like Dick can develop.
SOSA Athlete of the
Year stars in Canada
The champion of the Alberta meet, Marisa Dick on
the podium with coach Ovidiu Serban.
One of the youngsters enjoying the experience.
Marisa’s position and scores on the four
apparatus were as follows:
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