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Although West Indies eventually lost
the match, the entire experience with
my mother who inspired me to love
this great game called cricket was
How did the Trini Posse get start-
ed?At Trinity College in Canada, I met
Fred Nadur from Barbados, without
whose friendship I honestly believe that
the Trini Posse would never have hap-
pened. He was instrumental in ensuring
all was organised at Kensington Oval,
Barbados, when a small group of us
went to support the West Indies in
1991. We had such a great time that in
1992 we organised a lot bigger group,
some 40 of us, to witness the historic
boycotted Test match between South
Africa and the West Indies. While the
boycott by the fans took place, the next
day the Bajan newspapers trumpeted
that had it not been for the Trini Posse,
the ground would have been empty...
and that was how we got the name!
The Trini Posse is a great hobby of
mine. The main challenge was the loss
of one of my best friends in the world,
Sean Grosvenor, and also Bryan
Seenath, another inspiration in my life.
Both were co-founders. I honestly
believe Sean, better known as 'Gruff',
was instrumental in us making Trini
Posse a reality.
What advice would you give to
someone contemplating a
vocation/career such as yours?
Dentistry is an amazing profession.
Although in the very demanding med-
ical field and requiring total dedication
at school and after graduation, it still
affords you great flexibility in your
hours, allowing one to do things like
watch cricket and make an honest liv-
Who are the people who influenced
and inspired you the most, in your
career and in life in general?
My greatest inspiration in my life
has been my parents. My mom, besides
introducing me to cricket, her dedica-
tion and love led my brother and myself
to believe nothing is impossible in life
once you put in the hard work, have
faith in God, and try to be the best you
can always be at all times. My current
soul mate Shivan has also inspired me
to continue to chase my dreams, she
is an amazing partner to me.
My first cricket coach at Fatima,
Harry Ramdass, played a critical role
in my early development and was
instrumental in giving me confidence
to feel I could achieve anything I set
out to do in my life. Also important in
my days at Fatima was my principal
Clive Pantin who taught me about
integrity, honour, as well as spiritual
belief. I was fortunate to be amongst
many good people during my formative
years, however the most important were
my grandmothers, my great grand-
mother, my great aunt Sally and our
family's caregiver, Theresa (who was
also a big cricket fan). In dentistry my
initial inspiration came from Dr Max
Sobrian, a fantastic dentist and a good
man, who gave me my start in T&T.
The sportsman who inspired and influ-
enced me most in my early years was
none other than the great Viv Richards.
What schools/institutions did you
attend---primary, secondary and ter-
I attended Holy Name Prep School
opposite Memorial Park. I later attended
Fatima College before going away to
school. After leaving Fatima, I went to
boarding school in Canada, Trinity Col-
lege to do grade 13. After leaving TCS,
I attended the University of Western
Ontario in London, Ontario, to get a
BSc in natural sciences. I went to dental
school at Case Western University in
Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from
dental school, I did a post graduate
degree in hospital dentistry and general
practice residency at the University of
Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama.
What advice would you give to the
young people of T&T?
Cherish your family, apply yourself
in school, play sport, get an education,
and always keep God in your life.
What motto do you live by and what
is your recipe for success?
Work hard, play hard, always try to
do your best, and above all always try
to play by the rules.
Who was your hero growing up and
Viv Richards, without a doubt, he
was a gladiator in the world of cricket.
He always maintained a swagger, he
intimidated his opponents to make
them feel he was always in control. His
batting was breathtaking and inspira-
Who/what inspired you to become
After talking to Dr Paul Fagenbaum
at 13 years old (he sutured my lip after
a cricket accident at Fatima), I told my
great grandmother that I would one
day be a dentist. I was so convinced
of it, that in Form Three at career guid-
ance day, I told my dean I already knew
what I was going to be...a dentist. My
only regret; my great grandmother died
before I graduated in 1989.
How did you become hooked on
My mother, and caregiver Theresa,
every radio in the house was always
tuned in to cricket, always. However,
my great uncle Noble Marquez took
his son Theron and myself to my first
Test match at the Queen's Park Oval
in 1971, in the now demolished Sir Errol
Dos Santos stand. Growing up in Eller-
slie Park, Maraval, we would play cricket
every day of the holidays; Theron, my
brother Chris and the Sabga boys. So
cricket just became and remains a spe-
cial part of my life. I still play the occa-
sional game when the spirit moves me.
Which famous cricket legend have
you had the privilege of discussing
cricket at length to gain some insights
into your beloved sport?
It would be Clive Lloyd to find out
what he did to inspire the West Indies
to rise to world dominance in the 80s
and 90s. I had that opportunity last
year, while having lunch with him at
the Queen's Park Oval. My big question
being: Why can't we replicate that suc-
cess today? I might share his answer
to me one day if given the opportuni-
'Trini Posse is my great hobby'
"My greatest inspiration in
my life has been my
parents. My mom, besides
introducing me to cricket,
her dedication and love led
my brother and myself to
believe nothing is
impossible in life once you
put in the hard work, have
faith in God..."
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