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T&T’s sprinter Marc Burns, right, with his father Alec after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science (Physical Conditioning and Performance) at Auburn University in Alabama, USA on Sunday.


T&T’s well-decorated sprinter Marc Burns graduated on Sunday with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University, Alabama in the United States.

“Super elated,” said Burns yesterday on his achievement. “Looking back at the journey, having that dream as a young child coming up competing in Carifta, CUT Games, all those things and have that dream of having free education, getting that scholarship and furthering my career. Looking back at it, I checked all those boxes.”

He was one of some 4,000 new Auburn graduates, who was part of spring commencement exercises over the weekend.

His parents Alec and Josephine Burns were present to witness their son open this next chapter in his life in a field which specialises in physical conditioning and performance.

“I was also so blessed to have both, my parents, here, I feel super elated,” said the two-time Olympic medallist, who shared that following the ceremony his parents told him: “Moments like these make parents teary-eyed, actually being alive and blessed to see those moments and have it to cherish forever”.

Burns most recently represented T&T at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia last month. However, it was an unfortunate end to the experience as the men’s 4x100 metres relay team was disqualified.

But that disappointment did not sideline him as he stayed focus on his academics.

“Me personally, I don’t compartmentalise my success,” said Burns when asked where does this achievement rates with his success on the track. “Over the years, I tried to deal with it (each challenge) as objectives that I need to complete and in going about it that way I am more focused at the job at hand. I just try to complete those objectives and in that way, I stay grounded and actually focused on what I need to do and not get sidetrack by outside noise so to speak.”

He is now aiming to fulfil his dream of earning a Master’s Degree Biomechanics, which is the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms.

“Getting my Master’s in Biomechanics is my next objective,” said Burns as he prepares for life after track but he is not yet hanging up his boots.

“Yes, I will still be competing. At this point in my career, I have to choose my battles wisely so to speak so everything is based on after every training cycle how I feel, how the body feels, how well am I recovering so now it’s just tentative but I am still competing.”


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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 |

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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