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LEGENDARY West Indies cricketer Brian Lara said performances of athletes in the world of sport last weekend is a clear indication that when you have a dream and determination to achieve that dream you can be a champion in life.

Speaking at the opening of the 17th edition of the Atlantic Secondary Schools Leadership Symposium hosted by The Sports Desk, Lara said the character and team spirit shown by athletes at Wimbledon, the European Football Championships and at the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) can be admired.

Lara said that tennis player Andy Murray showed that one must not be afraid to fail and commended Portugal for their team spirit to win the European Championships after their star player Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to finish the match due to injury. He also praised the Trinbago Knight Riders for their determination in the CPL.

In his address to Fifth and Sixth Form students at Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya yesterday, Lara said, “these are powerful stories that have led to champion performances from some of the best at their sport, but also from others that stood as underdogs when the bell rang and their journey started. So champion is not just a song or a dance by Dwayne Bravo it means someone that is clearly superior or has the attributes to be a winner. You can be a champion of anything you put your mind too, backed by unwavering commitment, sterling discipline, necessary sacrifices and most importantly a dream and a belief that you could achieve that dream.” Lara said that giving youngsters the foundation to express themselves is important to him. “I was passing through the (Hasely Crawford) Stadium just driving one afternoon and I saw some kids boxing. I went across and just inquired about what was happening.

In the group of young boxers there were a couple guys that had security guards and I asked why.

They came from a youth centre where because of something they did negative in the past they had security to bring them to the stadium and take them back home.” Lara said the youngsters wanted to make a difference in their lives so he opened his home to boxing earlier this year. “For the month of January and in May I had boxing at my residence, giving these youngsters the opportunity to perform in front a different environment.

We actually have one (boxer) that is going to the Olympics after only boxing for 14 months and that is Nigel Paul.” Among the other speakers at the symposium yesterday were The Sports Desk chairman Valentino Singh, former Miss Trinidad and Tobago World representative Sarah-Jane Waddell, motivational speaker Don La Foucade, TT Olympic Committee president Brian Lewis and the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith.

Minister Smith committed his support to the event, saying, “I also want to ease him (Singh) up for the next few years because I told him when me met earlier in the year to discuss this event that the Ministry of Sport will committ for the next three years to be a sponsor of the event.” Today the Leadership Symposium continues with former national boxer Ria Ramnarine, women’s rugby player Ornella George, national gymnast Thema Williams and national shot put athlete Cleopatra Borel all expected to speak. The Symposium will conclude tomorrow with former Soca Warriors goalkeeper Shaka Hislop highlighting the final day.


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

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.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

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.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

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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