Trinidad and Tobago’s men’s team sprinters were last battling Brazil for the bronze medal, as the national team saw their first day of action at the Elite Pan American Track Cycling Championships in Santiago, Chile.
On a day where a national record was set in the men's team pursuit, the trio of Jude Codrington, Njisane Phillip and Kwesi Browne raced to a 44.441-second finish and qualified third fastest for the bronze medal ride against Brazil in the team sprint.
The Brazilians qualified with a time of 44.498 seconds while Canada and Venezuela battled for gold and silver after they qualified with times of 44.305 and 43.959 respectively. The ride-off for bronze took place after press time.
The team pursuit quartet of Varun Maharajh, Akil Campbell both of Rigtech Sonics, PSL's Jovian Gomez and Gavyn Nero of Team DPS were making their debut at the Championships. And they made an impressive start, producing a national-record-breaking time of 4:28.202 in the 4-kilometre team pursuit qualifying round, which was roughly 15 seconds faster than the previous record set at the Arima Velodrome this year at 4:42.696.


The Trinidad and Tobago Beach Volleyball team competed in the fourth leg of the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Tour in Cuba over the weekend (26th – 31st August). There were fifteen participating countries in the tournament with TTO’s male and female teams finishing in the top 10.

Toco boys, Fabien Whitfield and Daneil Williams finished 5th behind 1. Nivaldo Díaz/Sergio González (CUB-A); 2.- Christham Redmann/Felipe Humana (CAN-A); 3.- Edwin M. Burik-Curt Toppel (USA); and 4.- Yendry Castillo/Liosbel Méndez (CUB-B).

While the female duo, Ayana Dyette and Malika Davidson finished 9th in the tournament out of the 15 teams.

Final Positions:
1.- Nivaldo Díaz/Sergio González (CUB-A);
2.- Christham Redmann/Felipe Humana (CAN-A);
3.- Edwin M. Burik-Curt Toppel (USA);
4.- Yendry Castillo/Liosbel Méndez (CUB-B);
5.- Fabien Whitfield/Daneil Williams (TTO);
6.- Aaron Nusbaun/Mike Plantinga (CAN-B);
7.- Marc Lomeli/Brian Kwasny (ISV);
8.- Rubén Mora/Miguel López (NCA);
9.- William Sánchez-Luis Castillo (DOM);
10.- Rooper Espinoza/Alexander Villegas (CRC);
11.- Franklin Flores/Armando Guatemala (ESA);  
12.- Senel Dupuy/Kelpes Vilmont (HAI);
13.- Marty Wood-Wilfredo Vega (HON);
14.- Furgil Ong A Fat/Zefanio Breinburg (SUR);
15.-Tevin St. Jean (LCA)/ Agustín Faulkner (LCA).
Final Positions:
1.- Sara Hughes-Kelly Claes (USA-A);
2.- Leila Martínez-Lidianni Echevarría (CUB-A);
3.- Karen Cope/Natalia Alfaro (CRC);
4.- Irene Hester- Caitlin Ledoux (USA-B);
5.- Gloria Santoyo/Stephanie Burnside (MEX-B);
6.- Kerri Smit/Victoria Cowley (CAN-B);
7.- Rachel Cockrell/Camille Saxton (CAN -A);
8.- Jennifer Batista/Raquel Ferrand (DOM);
9.- Ayana Dyette/Malika Davidson (TTO);
10.- Lianma Flores/Yanileidis Sánchez (CUB-B);
11.- Ana Ríos/Bibiana Candelas (MEX-A);
12.- Ana Villagrán/Aury Álvarez (GUA).- Dala Noel/Skye Faucher-Mondesir (LCA);
14.- Janice Valtes/Sigourney Kame (SUR);
15.- Amber Bennett/Valissia Brathwaite (ISV).

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee would like to extend congratulations to the Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) Badminton team on their performance at Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) 2015. The TTO Badminton team returned home last weekend after concluding the Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic which took place from the 26th – 30th August 2015.

In the junior category, Team Trinidad and Tobago tied for the bronze medal with Barbados behind 1st place Dominican Republic and 2nd place Jamaica. In the senior division Jamaica took the first place spot and Dominican Republic coming in second with TTO finishing in 3rd place with Barbados.

Tournament highlights for Team TTO was Travis Sinanan, Double Crown winner in Boys Singles Under 11 and Mixed Doubles Under 11 with a partner from Suriname. As well as Jada Renales who walked away with the most medals for TTO earning 1 team and 3 Individual medals. 

In addition, TTO’s senior women (Solangel Guzman, Leanna Castanda and Avril Plaza- Marcelle) all earned medals at the Individual Championships where Solangel Guzman was able to retain her title as Caribbean Singles Queen.

The overall medal count is as follows:

Team Event
Junior - Bronze
Senior - Bronze

Individual Event
Gold - 2.5
Silver - 4
Bronze – 8

Fresh off a battling performance against Puerto Rico on Monday, Trinidad and Tobago’s female water polo team was spanked 30-3 yesterday by Mexico in a quarter-final battle, at the National Aquatic Centre, Kingston, Jamaica, as the Pan American Youth Water Polo Championships continued.

Mexico stormed to an 8-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and the game was virtually over as a contest when the Central American squad had an insurmountable 15-1 cushion at the halftime interval.

In the third quarter, as was the case in the second stanza, Mexico scored seven goals, with only one in reply, and completed the match with an 8-1 run in the final quarter. The TT girls were coming off a tough 17-14 loss in the final match of the group phase on Monday - their best performance of the tournanent.

In yesterday’s other female quarter-final contest, Brazil got past Puerto Rico 10-6 while, in a male quarter- final battle, United States trounced Peru 26-7.

The other three male quarter-final matches were on the agenda last evening - Colombia versus Canada, Puerto Rico versus Mexico and Argentina versus Brazil.


Ten national cyclists will begin their 2015 Elite Pan American Cycling Championship campaign in three competitive disciplines today when action pedals off at the Parque Penalolen Velodrome in Santiago, Chile.

All of the 17-member Trinidad and Tobago contingent have arrived in South America from their varying destinations across the globe and start day-one competition in the Men’s Team Pursuit, Men and Women’s Team Sprint and Women’s Scratch Race.

This meet is the final qualifier leg for the coming International Cycling Union (UCI) World Cups and plays a key role towards qualification for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gracing the sleek 250m track for the first time at an Elite Pan Am for TT in the Male Team Pursuit are endurance aces Varun Maharajh, Gavyn Nero, Jovian Gomez and promising youngster Akil Campbell.

Another first for the red, white and black this year is our debut female sprint team featuring former Junior Pan American Team Sprint champion pair, Aziza Browne and Jodi Goodridge.

Representing TT in the male sprint version are Quincy Alexander, Justin Roberts and Jude Codrington while Pan Am Games silver medallist Njisane Phillip and Kwesi Browne, have been favoured for the individual Men’s Sprint and Keirin events.

Additionally, the inform Teneil Campbell will also be making her elite women debut as the lone female endurance representative in the Scratch Race.

Campbell placed a credible fourth place (Omnium) at the recently concluded Junior Pan Ams and followed up with a double- gold showing at the Caribbean Junior Road Championships and is expected to once again show grit on the regional stage.

TT will continue its elite Pan Am journey with Keirin action on Thursday, Omnium on Friday and Saturday and climax their participation with the Sprints on Sunday and Monday.

However, TT will be emphasising its efforts towards the Sprint, Keirin and Team Sprint events in their effort to gain precious Olympic qualification points towards Rio 2016.

The team charged with the responsibility of managing our largest contingent is David Francis (manager), Robert Farrier (sprint coach), Ashton Williams (endurance coach), Elisha Greene (mechanic) and Christopher Pitt (mechanic).


This announcement was made at a media conference at Alicia’s Guest House, St Ann’s.

TT BBC chairman Annabelle Davis, who noted that the MOU was made on Saturday in Los Angeles, United States, revealed, “(it) allows us to facilitate the launch of the WBC Amateur and the WBC Youth Professional League, not just here in Trinidad and Tobago, which we’re now forming the cornerstone, but in the (Caribbean) region as well.” About Potts’ new role, Davis said, “(he) has been asked by the WBC to work as a consultant in the region.”

She added, “Mr Potts’ role as special adviser has come to an end but (he) has decided, together with the Board, that it is a role that he no longer needs to play.”

Potts, who was also a known boxing matchmaker, commented, “Trinidad and Tobago would have the first ever WBC Youth Amateur Pro League convention.

It’s going to be launched here in Trinidad and Tobago and the first ever World Cup will be held here in Trinidad and Tobago within a year.”

For his critics, he said, “I want to thank all the naysayers, the doubters for promoting me over the years. So now that the WBC has recognised that the most knowledgeable (boxing) person in the region is Boxu Potts. I want to thank all of you for empowering and enriching me.” Returning to the initiative, Potts pointed out, “this programme will speak volumes to the boxing world. People can feel comfortable to come and watch good old-school boxing rather than the watered- down techniques that AIBA (Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur) tried to implement through the Cuban system.”

He also revealed that, with the backing of Sulaiman, a number of legendary boxing names are likely to be either at the convention here in Trinidad or supporting the venture, including George Foreman, Don King, Oscar De La Hoya, Tommy Hearns, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Marvin Hagler, Lennox Lewis and Larry Holmes. “They all will be here to support this initiative,” Potts boasted, “because they recognise the need to take boxing back to where it belongs.”

Davis also bemoaned the diminished numbers of boxing promoters, as well as the dying breed of professional pugilists, in the twin-island republic.She pointed out she has been mandated by the TT BBC directors to develop initiatives, including a local amateur league (for boxers under the age of 16) through community boxing programmes, that will serve as a nursery for the future breed of local professional fighters.

Also speaking at the launch was former national light-heavyweight boxer Kirt Sinnette, who is a member of the TT BBC.