Full credit to finalists Michele Lee Ahye, Kelly Ann Baptiste and Machel Cedenio, as well as our 4x100 ladies and 4x400 men’s team, which brought home medals from the World Championships in Beijing.

But we learnt one thing. There is a lot of work to be done ahead of next year’s Rio Olympics. Getting to the finals is a step in the right direction. It acts as a catalyst for the athlete, coach and management team to assess what needs to be done to turn finalists into medalists.

Cedenio, at 19, was seventh and can only improve with proper guidance. He will recall that earlier this year, he beat La Shawn Merritt but the American placed second in the final in a personal best time, ensuring that he was at his best for the Championships.

Next year will be similar but the rivalry becomes even more significant because it is the Olympic Games.

We must hope that the National Association of Athletic Administration (NAAA) works with the athletes for the future. Everyone needs to share a common goal. While some of these athletes will have managers with different mindset, the NAAA and the athlete must sit with the coaches and managers and set a clear pathway.

After the manager’s report on the World Championships is completed and addressed,  a meeting should be called as soon as possible. If the NAAA have to travel to meet the athlete and their team outside of T&T,  this must be a priority. I would suggest a team of three or four from the NAAA, comprising of highly influential and respected persons such as the president, Ephraim Serrette, and members such as Hasely Crawford, Dr Ian Hypolite and Dexter Voisin.

My other concern remains Keshorn Walcott, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist who failed to progress out of the first round. The most disturbing aspect is that this is the second World Championships where Walcott has struggled. His conqueror Kenya’s Julius Vego in 2012 finished 12th in the Olympic final.

At the press conference for the 2012 final, I recall that the first three were on stage and a number of questions were thrown by the Kenyan contingent, asking for tips on how to improve their thrower. This was a novel event for the Kenyans and you could see they were attempting to acquire as much knowledge as possible. To their credit, their athlete improved tremendously, not only throwing in excess of 92 metres but he is also the reigning Commonwealth Champion, where he also beat Walcott.

Unless Walcott does something quickly, he may find himself having to play second fiddle to the consistent Yego.

Walcott’s first throw was his longest but sadly he lost his balance and overstepped and so it was considered a foul throw and he nevered recovered. Similarly on Yego’s first throw, he fell and it was also declared null and void  but he recovered to make the final and then a few days later regained his composure to win.

 Walcott will have to examine his training regime. He cannot expect to gain in this country and must travel to Europe and get match fit and ready. As good as his local coach is, there is nothing to beat experience.  I also believe that because of early success, Walcott needs guidance and counseling and if it is that he cannot or will not listen to the NAAA, then another avenue has to be sought. The Olympic Committee president  Brian Lewis is very athlete driven and focused and I am certain he will ensure that a requisite team is put in place to assist some of the obvious needs of Walcott.

I believe that psychologist Dr Margaret Ottley should be hired immediately and brought home for the next ten to 12 months to work with as many athletes as possible in time for Rio.

Talent alone will not do it, we have to have the mental and emotional strength to go with it.

Without a doubt, our men’s 4x400 metres relay team can win gold in Rio. This current team of Renny Quow, La Londe Gordon, Deon Lendore, Machel Cedenio and Jarrin Solomon can reap success.

Once Jehue Gordon is fully recovered from his latest injury and with his studies completed, 2016 should be a strong year for him. His event was one of the few where the times were not as good as when he won in Moscow, which augurs well for him.

It was good to see the NAAA taking the bold step of incorporating some of our former athletes into their system. We have seen Niconnor Alexander getting involved and most recently Ato Boldon with the women's relay team. This group can become a long term core for success and with the leadership of Baptiste and the likes of Lee Ahye,  Hackett, Thomas, Khalifa St Fort and Kamira Durant, there is a lot to smile about.  

It looks promising, but as most men know, looks are sometimes deceiving.


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).