Jonathan De Matas captured a bronze medal in the sparring competition in T&T’s historic participation at the fifth International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) World Cup, which took place recently in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The five athletes who represented T&T were all members of the Euge Taekwon-Do Academy.

The team was led by Franklyn Eugene (ITF IV Dan), and included Francisca Sadal (black belt I Dan) Aaliyah Maharaj (black belt I Dan) Christopher Nakhid (black belt II Dan) De Matas (red belt).

Nakhid participated in four events: patterns, sparring, technical breaking and power breaking.

He placed fourth in power breaking and competed keenly in his pattern event, Eui Am, in which he was narrowly edged by his opponent, 3-2.

His first round sparring match was against a Slovenian opponent which he lost 4-0.

Sadal competed in the patterns event in the 36-45 age group and was one of the three competitors out of six competitors to complete the event.

This is the first time that a female athlete from T&T has competed in the patterns competition.

Maharaj competed in Power Breaking and in the 36-45 age group and made great representation. Again, this was the first time a female athlete from T&T competed in this event.

There was only one competitor in this category placed first as the competition standards were very high.

Eugene competed in sparring in the 36-45 advance senior age group.

In the first minute, his Argentinian opponent was ahead by two points. Then, Eugene converted the score 3-2. However, at the end, the Argentinean came back to win the event. In the power breaking, Eugene was placed seventh in a field of 36 competitors, edging closer to the current world leaders in the event from Paraguay, Argentina, and England.

De Matas, meanwhile, competed in patterns in the colour belt 18-36 age group and won his first round against his Argentinean opponent.

His pattern Hwa–Rang was just too powerful for the Argentinean. In his second round of patterns, he faced a Jamaican opponent whom he lost to by one point. In the sparring competition, De Matas was able to capture the bronze medal against another Jamaica opponent. De Matas was up on points. However, deductions had the best of him. To his credit, De Matas fought hard and again his technical abilities exceeded those of his competitors.

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Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott is among four Trinidad and Tobago athletes selected to represent the Americas team at the September 13-14 IAAF Continental Cup, in Marrakech, Morocco.


Walcott and American Tim Glover will wear Americas colours in the men’s javelin. Last week Thursday, at the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League finals in Zurich, Switzerland, Walcott broke his own national record, the 21-year-old field athlete hurling the spear 85.77 metres to finish second.

Triple Olympic medallist Richard “Torpedo” Thompson, triple Commonwealth Games medallist Cleopatra Borel and rising sprint star Michelle-Lee Ahye are the other T&T athletes on the Americas team.

Thompson, the second fastest man in the world this year at 9.82 seconds, and American sprinter Mike Rodgers will be on show in the men’s 100 metres dash. And in the sprint relay, Thompson and Rodgers are expected to team up with Jamaican Nesta Carter and St Kitts and Nevis’ 2003 100m world champion Kim Collins.

Borel and American Michelle Carter are the Americas throwers listed for the women’s shot put. Borel has been very consistent this season, bettering 18.50m in 12 of her 16 competitions.

In the Continental Cup women’s 100m, Ahye and Jamaican track star Veronica Campbell-Brown will face the starter. In late July, Ahye competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, but was troubled by a hamstring injury and withdrew from the meet after her 100m first round heat. The T&T sprinter is second on the 2014 world performance list with the personal best 10.85 seconds clocking she produced in June, in the qualifying round at the NGC/Sagicor National Open Track and Field Championships.

Ahye will also see action in the Continental Cup women’s sprint relay.

The Americas team includes two reigning world champions—American LaShawn Merritt (men’s 400m) and Colombian Caterine Ibarguen (women’s triple jump)—as well as the 2012 Olympic Games women’s pole vault gold medallist, American Jenn Suhr.

This country’ senior men and women’s hockey team will begin their quest towards qualification for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Olympic Games in Brazil when the second edition of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) World League continues with one of its first round world qualifying tournaments in Kingston, Jamaica from September 30 to October 5.

The tournament will be contested at the newly laid synthetic pitch at Mona Campus, New Kingston, Jamaica with host Jamaica, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico women competing for the lone available spot to round two in Montevideo, Uruguay from February 28-March 8, next year.

Two years, the national women’s team reached as far as round two in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where they ended in fifth spot in the six-team competition with a 1-4 record.

The “Calypso Stickwomen” lone win came against host Brazil, 3-1 while they were overwhelmed by tournament winners USA (7-0), runner-up Chile (6-0), third placed Scotland (7-0) and Uruguay, 6-1.

In the opening round which was held at the National Hockey Centre, Eastern Regional Sports Complex, Tacarigua, T&T was third behind Canada and Uruguay after hammering neighbours Barbados (7-0), Guyana (5-0) and Venezuela (5-1) for a 3-2 record. The two defeats came against round one winner, Canada (4-0) and runner-up Uruguay, 2-0.

Expected to be coach of the team once more, is former national player Anthony Marcano, who was the helm at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland where a very youthful T&T squad was crushed 16 -0 by South Africa, 14-0 both by New Zealand and India, 4-1 by Canada and 4-0 in their tenth placed match against Wales.

.....T&T men favourites to qualify

The national men’s team will be favourites to secure the lone spot available to round two Chula Vista, California, next year (February 28-March 8) when they match sticks with Jamaica, Barbados, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

However, they will enter the tournament without regular coach Glen “Fido” Francis and England-based ace Kwandwane Browne, who both have work commitments.

Reached for comment, Francis said he has been putting off his promotional courses at the T&T Defence Force because of national team duties for a while now, and it cannot wait any longer.

Despite his absence, Francis, a former national goalkeeper said he expects the team to do well.

“Our squad is a very good one with a great mix of youth and experience and I think the T&T Hockey Board will meet shortly to decide on whether to appoint Andrew Wilson or someone here in T&T as the interim coach.

He added, “Wilson is no stranger to the guys as he worked with them at the recent Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Scotland, and even if he is not selected I am confident in whoever the board decides on.”

At the Commonwealth Games, the locals who were without a few key players had a miserable outing ending in tenth spot after a 2-0 loss at the hands of Wales in their playoff.

Earlier in their round-robin group, T&T was also beaten by England (6-1), New Zealand (8-0) and Canada (3-1) before recording a first ever win at the Games, 4-2 over the higher ranked Malaysia.

When the inaugural World League competition was held two years ago, T&T flicked off its round one campaign on home soil in fine style by ending its four-team round-robin series after victories over Chile (2-1), Barbados (3-1) and Venezuela (9-2) at Tacarigua.

However, the second phase in Rio de Janeiro proved much more challenging as T&T suffered losses against Argentina (9-2), South Africa (10-2) and Chile (0-4) but won against Brazil (6-2) and USA, 4-3 via a penalty stroke.

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Guadeloupe 1st of more internationals for sister isle.

TOBAGO would not mind a bit of independence from Trinidad and Tobago on the football field, and hope to play several more international matches solely as a Tobago team in the coming months.


It is one of the reasons the island insisted that the home team must play one of the matches during Guadeloupe’s two-match tour of the island. The second encounter was initially dedicated to the Trinidad and Tobago senior national team, but an adjustment was made to give the national Under-20 players some match practice before they host the final round of Caribbean qualifiers for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in T&T from September 12.

Tomorrow, Guadelouple will play a second match against a Trinidad and Tobago X1, containing several members of the national U-20 squad in addition to senior internationals, such as 29-year-old goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams and W Connection’s former Poland and Finland-based defender Meikel Williams.

Yesterday’s game against Guadeloupe was just the first for Tobago, according to Tobago Football Association (TFA) general secretary Everton Alfred.

Alfred said Tobago fielding a national team from time to time gives footballers from the sister isle more exposure, and a platform on which to catch the eye of international teams, and also Stephen Hart, the T&T senior team head coach.

“When teams come for the Caribbean Cup in October, we are trying to get the ones that come early, to come across to Tobago for a game,” Alfred said.

Alfred was speaking of the Caribbean Cup semi-final group which T&T hosts from October 6-13. The Soca Warriors will play Antigua-Barbuda, Dominica and a best third-placed finisher. The top two teams qualify for the 2014 Caribbean Cup finals which take place from November 9-18 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

“At some point we (Tobago) also hope to take a team out somewhere, to created opportunities,” he added.

Alfred said Tobago have enough talent to compete at some level on their own merit. The Tobago team which played Guadeloupe yesterday had available several players who have experience with teams in the professional league in Trinidad, but are now back home.

These included Kerlon Ferguson, the bustling former T&TEC striker, who is a handful for many defenders. Defender Omar Charles played for both Pro League second-placed finishers Central FC and Point Fortin Civic last season, but is now with Stokely Vale, and young striker Gem Gordon, a triallist with England club Walsall in 2013, had a couple of runs last season in W Connection’s 2013-2014 championship winning squad.

“What a game like that against Guadeloupe gives Tobago is exposure,” Alfred said.

“We have the talent. Whenever our players go to Trinidad to play, they do well,” Alfred added. “We have a team that contains players who have played in the Pro League and Super League, and also some good youngsters.”

TRINIDAD and Tobago shot put queen Cleopatra Borel has been having one of her best seasons so far and will be looking to continue her medal- winning performances at the final IAAF Diamond League meeting, Memorial Van Damme in Brussels.

Borel who is ranked seventh on the IAAF world rankings this year with a season’s best heave of 19.10 metres set in La Habana, Cuba, earlier this year.

Five times this year she has thrown the shot 18 metres or more.

Borel secured a silver medal at last months Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, with an 18.52m toss.

And on Sunday last she earned bronze at the Birmingham Grand Prix in Brussels eiyh a heave of 18.62m.

She is currently ranked fifth on the Diamond League table with two points, trailing main rival Valerie Adams of New Zealand who is on top of the table with 24 points while German Christina Schwanitz is second with six followed by American Michelle Carter (four) and Lijiao Gong of China (three).

Borel will face Adams, Schwanitz and Carter in today’s competition.

National champ and record holder Richard “Torpedo” Thompson will also end his season today, facing the starter in the men’s 100m.

Thompson finished sixth at the IAAF World Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia, earlier this week crossing the line in 10.31 seconds behind Jamaicans Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.07) and Asafa Powell (10.07) who was first and second respectively. American Mike Rodgers was third in 10.10 seconds.

Last Sunday, “The Torpedo” won the IAAF Wold Challenge in Berlin, Germany clocking 10.15 seconds while American Dantarius Locke finished second in 10.16.

Another TT sprinter Keston Bledman placed third in 10.23.

National 400m champion Renny Quow will be running at his second meeting since the Commonwealth Games today. On Tuesday, he won the men’s 400m at the 50th Palio Citta della Quercia meet in Rovereto, Italy.

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Trinidad and Tobago medals at World Jump Rope Championships in Orlando, Florida, USA.

 

Trinidad and Tobago created history when it became the first and only Caricom member state to win medals in the new and burgeoning sport of jump rope or skipping.

Trinidad and Tobago participated in the recently held 2014 World Jump Rope Championship, which was held from 30th June -10th July, at the University Of Central Florida, Florida, USA. The Trinidad and Tobago team came away from the competition with three well deserved medals; winning two (2) silver medals and one (1) bronze medal.

The fleet footed exponents doing Trinidad and Tobago proud were Jair Cadogan, a form one (1) student of Fatima College and Akkasia Charles a form (3) student of the Woodbrook Secondary School. Jair won a silver medal in the age category 13-14 Boys Freestyle; while Akkasia Charles captured two medals, silver and bronze respectively, in the Girls 13-14 Freestyle and 30 seconds Speed event. Jair also had a fourth (4th) place finish in his category in the speed event.  Other members of the contingent though not medaling also achieved top ten (10) finishes in their respective age categories/events.

Trinidad and Tobago participated in its first championship in 2008, in Cape Town South Africa and subsequent championships, 2010 Loughborough, England, Tampa Florida 2012 and Orland Florida, 2013. While still a fledgling nation, in the sport, which boast of powerhouses like America, Canada, France, China, Hong Kong and Belgium, Trinidad and Tobago can boast of presently being the first nation in the jump rope world to have jump rope recognized as an official sport, and to receive support from its government towards it development.

The National Governing Body for the sport is the Trinidad and Tobago Jump Rope Federation. It’s President, Clint Charles, states that the  fundamental goal of the organization is not to create podium athletes, but to develop a Physically Active Lifestyle Model that create physically literate human beings with a positive association for physical activity which will redound to the health and happiness of Trinidad and Tobago, and by extension the world

The next world championship will be July, 2015, Paris, France and members are already optimistic of not just more medals but Gold medals for Trinidad and Tobago.

 

 

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