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May 26, 2020

OpEd: The IOC Stands in Solidarity With All Athletes and All Sports

Much has been written lately about the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s finances. Some of these…
May 26, 2020

Stellar example Duncan teaches art of adaptability

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May 24, 2020

Chow remains focused Olympic rower trains harder during lockdown

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May 23, 2020

TTOC President Lewis claims cancellation of Tokyo 2020 would put NOCs in "a big hole"

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis claimed the cancellation of the Tokyo…
May 22, 2020

Lewis: Olympic cancellation not good for NOCs

Brian Lewis, president of the T&T Olympic Committee says a great number of National Organising…
May 18, 2020

Mother of invention Athlete Talks, Ultimate Garden Clash born out of Covid-19

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May 18, 2020

Lewis: We need a culture change

SELF REFLECTION and culture change during the current downtime are the primary elements which can…

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Last Sat­ur­day, I en­gaged in one of my favourite ac­tiv­i­ties - I have many and it's hard to choose one - but no mat­ter how you spin it, the Fa­ti­ma Col­lege Alum­ni Oc­to­ber Food Fest is a must do once var­i­ous oblig­a­tions in­clud­ing the de­mands of the T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee (TTOC) and T&T Com­mon­wealth Games As­so­ci­a­tion al­low me the time and space.

It must be said I am one of those in­di­vid­u­als who re­tain fond mem­o­ries of my school days and Fa­ti­ma Col­lege re­mains high on my list.

So every op­por­tu­ni­ty I get to sup­port the school's ef­forts to de­liv­er­ing a qual­i­ty ex­pe­ri­ence that isn't on­ly fo­cused on ed­u­ca­tion, I jump in head first.

The Food Fest al­so al­lows me the show­case to live out my buck­et list fan­ta­sy of be­ing a Miche­lin star chef. A mix of con­tra­dic­tions con­trived to cre­ate what sym­pa­thet­ic friends de­scribe as a great tast­ing dish.

This year I con­coct­ed a ba­by back pork ribs de­light dubbed Bar­ran­quil­la Baila La Calle. The Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean (CAC) Games was held this year in Bar­ran­quil­la, Colom­bia and Team TTO came home with a bag of medals so fit­ting­ly, I cel­e­brat­ed with an ap­pro­pri­ate­ly named dish.

The Food Fest isn't the on­ly oc­ca­sion I chan­nel su­per chef as­pi­ra­tions, I do the same for the Har­vard Club rug­by team cook-out fund-rais­er.

As with the CAC Games in Bar­ran­quil­la, the Har­vard Club rug­by team had a T&T Rug­by Union (TTR­FU) 15-a-side sea­son to re­mem­ber.

I will, there­fore, have to come up with a name that while it will not dis­re­spect the two long-stand­ing lo­cal rug­by big two clubs, it will ac­knowl­edge the achieve­ments of the Har­vard's rug­by team - the reign­ing na­tion­al cham­pi­ons.

When you look back at fund-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties by sports or­gan­i­sa­tions and oth­er non-prof­it or­gan­i­sa­tions, one will re­call the days of cake sales and car wash and bar-b-que where every sin­gle as­pect of the process was done by club mem­bers and vol­un­teers.

Nowa­days it's cook-outs and boat rides. No mat­ter what the op­tion is tak­en, what still re­mains very much hard work is the ac­tu­al sell­ing of the tick­ets as char­i­ty or non-prof­it fund-rais­ing is very com­pet­i­tive. Peo­ple are spoilt for choic­es.

But in the pre­vail­ing eco­nom­ic cli­mate sports or­gan­i­sa­tions will have lit­tle choice but to find dif­fer­ent ways to gen­er­ate funds. Cook-outs serve a myr­i­ad of pur­pos­es not on­ly fund-rais­ing but im­prov­ing the re­la­tion­ship among team­mates which is a vi­tal so­cial de­vel­op­ment in every­one's grow­ing up.

Ed­i­tor's Note

Bri­an Lewis is the Pres­i­dent of the T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee (TTOC) and the views ex­pressed are not nec­es­sar­i­ly those of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.