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Issue 153 • Friday, August 15, 2014
Quincy Alexander loves living life in the fast lane.
Literally. The 20-year-old professional cyclist has been
flying the red, white and black high since the age of 15
and is showing no signs of slowing down. Quincy fell in
love with cycling at the tender age of two after his
grandmother bought him a bicycle for Christmas and
taught him how to ride. Left up to his father though,
Quincy, an only child, would have been a cricketer.
"He thought it would have been a better sport for me.
My dad used to play wind ball cricket for fun and he
wanted me to make it a career. I found it boring," he says,
Quincy was adamant about following his dreams and
although his grandmother didn't live to see his career
take off, the young cyclist has been making T&T proud
ever since he started competing. At 15, he received his
first medal- a Bronze- at the Junior Pan American Cycling
Championships in Mexico, alongside teammates Njisane
Philip and Thireef Smart. His success continued in 2010
when he copped two Silver medals at the same competi-
tion. In 2011, the accolades poured in as he was named
the Junior Sportsman of the Year, the T&T Olympic Com-
mittee (TTOC) Junior Sportsman of the Year and the
Ministry of Sports SOSA Emerging Athlete of the Year.
Quincy was also ranked as the number one Junior in the
world in the Match Sprint event. And in 2012, he pedaled
his way to Gold again at the Pan Am Championships in
Argentina becoming the youngest ever gold medalist in
the Kilometre time trial with a time of 1:06.165.
Quincy's journey to success has been, like many ath-
letes, paved with highs and lows. One low point of his ca-
reer came just last month at the recently-concluded
Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland, where
he got a flat tyre while competing in his first event.
Thankful to walk away from the incident unscathed,
Quincy says, "God was watching me."
He adds, "It was a brand new tyre and it just blew out.
Because of the speed I was going, the entire tyre rolled
off the rim. I felt it immediately and I just had to think
what to do next as quickly as possible. I started to pre-
pare myself to hit the ground.
"I was just so happy not to crash because I was going
around the turn but thankfully God was looking down at
me... As far as the competition goes, I knew I was out. It
was unfortunate because I had a good chance at qualify-
ing for the Match Sprint."
Quincy has taken the incident in stride and has chalked
it up to experience. He's now looking forward to compet-
ing in the Pan American Championships in Mexico in
September as well as the Union Cycliste Intertionationale
World Cycling Championships carded for next year. He's
also working assiduously to fulfill yet another dream -
qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"I want to be a world and an Olympic champion and I
want to win those titles several times," he says.
The 6 feet, 6 inches athlete, who made special men-
tion of his sponsors, Beacon Insurance, Body Glow, Bike
Inn and Fuji Bikes -- believes however that more respect
and support should be given to cyclists in T&T.
"Administration is really bad and administration af-
fects probably 70 percent of how an athlete performs,"
"As a country, we want success immediately but we
need to work for it. The country should be behind us
whether we are up or down. World class athletes, like
Usain Bolt, weren't made in a day," he articulates.
"People will pay $8000 for a costume but if you tell
them $20 to go in the stadium they don't want to pay."
Despite these challenges, Quincy cycles on.
He vows to give his all to T&T for as long as he can.
But cycling isn't the only love of the Arima Central Sec-
ondary alumnus -- he loves psychology too and hopes to
become a sex psychologist in the near future.
"I already completed two years at the University of the
Southern Caribbean. I have two more years to complete
to get my Bachelors in Psychology but I had to take a
break because it was difficult juggling school and my ca-
reer," he explains.
Quincy, who intends to get his Doctor of Philosophy
(PHD) in the field and one day open his very own practice
says, "As athletes we always need to set up a life after
sport because you have to make money. I'm still young
and I'm still learning. I believe with hard work I can
Mark Anthony Scott
Born in Georgetown, Guyana, Aubrey David was just three-years-old when
his family migrated to Trinidad and Tobago and settled in the Borough of
Point Fortin. Fortunately for the David family, this community had a thriving
industry, with oil as well as the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) plant. The Bor-
ough has also produced some of the finest footballers this country has ever
seen such as the likes of Leroy DeLeon, Warren Archibald, Wilfred Cave and
As a youngster, David joined Point Fortin Civic Centre, now known as Point
Fortin Civic FC, and he adapted well to be placed as a defender by the coaches.
After years of playing with the P.F.C.C. youth team, David, in 2006, was per-
suaded to join W Connection FC in Savonetta, Couva. Connection had a thriving
youth system and it was hard for David to resist.
His mother had reservations mainly because of the distance from Couva to
Point Fortin but W Connection provided transportation for their players to San
Fernando and on occasions gave them a stipend to assist with travel expenses.
The young defender improved as he won titles at the Under-16 and Under-18
levels with W Connection youth teams but he could not force his way into the
senior team since there were already established defenders already at the club.
David was happy after being called up to the Trinidad and Tobago national
Under-17 team making four appearances including two starts to help the young
Soca Warriors qualify for the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup which was held in
During the tournament, David made just one appearance, coming on as a late
second-half substitute for Aaron Maund in Trinidad and Tobago's final match
In March 2009, he was a member of the Under-20 team that hosted the
CONCACAF U-20 Championship and made two starts in a 1-0 win over Canada
and in a scoreless draw against Costa Rica as T&T secured qualification for the
2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Later that year at the tournament in Egypt, David came on as a substitute in
the 63rd minute for the late Akeem Adams in a 2--1 loss to Italy, which elimi-
nated the junior Soca Warriors from the tournament.
With chances of breaking into the starting line-up at W Connection slim,
David sought new pastures and signed his first ever professional contract for
newly-promoted TT Pro League club FC South End prior to the start of the
However David lasted half the season at South End before moving to Joe
Public FC in 2011 where he signed a three-year contract. Joe Public dropped out
of the TT Pro League and David was among a dozen players that were given
their release and he was snapped up by another TT Pro League club T&TEC
based in South Trinidad.
In February 2012 he made his full international debut for the Trinidad and To-
bago national team on 29 February in a 4-0 win over Antigua/Barbuda in a
With Trinidad and Tobago eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualify-
ing, the defender accepted an offer from Guyana national team coach Jamal
Shabazz, to play for his country of birth.
In May 2012, David made his debut for the Golden Jaguars in a pair of friend-
lies against Jamaica and Panama but the following month he did not feature
for Guyana in their third round World Cup qualifying losses to Mexico and Costa
As a result, with the two games he played for Guyana not competitive, David
could still play for another country and he decided to commit his international
future to Trinidad and Tobago in November 2012.
In 2012, the young left back switched to Caledonia AIA in July, just before the
start of the season and he was happy to work with Jamal Shabazz, who gave
him a call to the Guyana national team.
He had a successful time at Caledonia AIA which led to a trial in Finland and
after impressing during his 2-week spell he was offered a contract and officially
signed on March 12.
With 16 caps for T&T David is hoping for many more under head coach
Stephen Hart and was extremely disappointed to miss the friendlies against
Argentina and Iran prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The games were not on official FIFA match days and David looked at the
games from his hotel in Finland. He expects that his club performances will lead
to future national team matches with the hope of qualifying for the FIFA 2018
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