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ATHLETICS

A spectacular, golden performance by Trinidad and Tobago’s World Relay champs, Deon Lendore, Jereem Richards, Asa Guevara and Machel Cedenio, in the 4×400 metre event, in Yokohama, Japan, this month, has provided another tantalizing teaser of what could lay in store for the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC), as they chase their ambitious Vision 2024 goal.

#10Golds24 is the hashtag coined by the TTOC for this initiative, which aims to achieve ten or more olympic gold medals by the year 2024.

TTOC President, Brian Lewis, says his team continues to work assiduously to make their dream a reality and to nurture and develop olympic champions. Last year, the organisation hosted two transitional development programmes, focusing on areas like anti-doping, sports psychology, nutrition, branding and financial management. The TTOC’s #10Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund, established in 2014, has also been paying off, with several athletes afforded financial assistance to fund their olympic dreams. “Many of TTO’s Elite athletes are not financially well rewarded and would not have an opportunity to reach their potential without financial support,” Lewis points out, adding that the initiative also provides life skills training and internships with corporate TT to help prepare athletes for life after sport.

Looking back, Lewis says 2018 was a good year for team TTO.

At the Commonwealth Games, held in Australia, sprinter, Michelle Lee Ahye created history when she became the first female athlete to earn a gold medal at the prestigious Games. Jereem Richards’ gold medal in the 200m and swimming sensation, Dylan Carter’s silver in the Men’s 50m Butterfly, brought the total medal count to three. And at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, held in Colombia, from July 19 - August 3, athletes brought home 30 medals:

Athletics – 2 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze
Boxing – 1 Silver and 1 Bronze
Cycling – 4 Gold and 5 Bronze
Hockey – 2 Bronze Rowing – 1 Silver
Swimming – 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze

A few months later in October, the female Futsal team made its debut at the Youth Olympic Games, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and while no medals were won, the 13 athletes gave their best efforts during a highly competitive Youth Olympic Games, with swimmer Kael Yorke achieving a new personal best time in the Men’s 200m Butterfly and Kelsey Daniel jumping to a new personal best in the Men’s Triple Jump.
The TTOC has not slowed down in 2019.

In April, it launched a new initiative called the Thrive Team TTO programme, which aims to provide motivation, mentorship and opportunities to athletes. Four-time olympian and bob­sled­der, Lauryn Williams, has partnered with the TTOC to bring the programme to life and recently visited the country to speak one-on-one with athletes, coaches, parents and media. “In order to increase Trinidad and Tobago’s chances of winning 10 gold medals by 2024, corporate sponsors, businesses, all need to be on board,” Williams advised the TTOC during the recent seminar, as she spoke about the need for greater support for elite athletes.

Lewis shared similar sentiments. “We cannot wait until 2020 to start supporting our athletes who have a real chance of qualifying for the Olympics and getting onto that podium,” he says.

“All eyes are on Tokyo 2020, and the time to support team TTO is now.”

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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray | colomurray@gmail.com

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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