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Minister Smith Thanks Kenwyne Jones

Minister Darryl Smith poses with former national football captain, Kenwyne Jones, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium

The Honourable Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs extends a heartfelt thank you to former national football captain, Kenwyne Jones for his dedication to the sport of football over the last 18 years.

The former Southampton, Sunderland and Stoke City forward announced his retirement on Monday and will hang up his boots by the end of the year.

Jones who had had an illustrious career in football has made over 90 appearances with 23 goals for Trinidad and Tobago. Jones was named the Secondary Schools Football League Player of the Year in 2002 while playing for St Anthony’s College.

In 2003, he made his international debut against Finland. He was named Sunderland Player of the Year in 2007/2008 as well as Players' Player of the Year that same season. He also received the accolade of Trinidad and Tobago Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2010 and 2013.

A talented son of the soil, Jones played in two World Cups, the 2001 FIFA under 17 Men’s World Cup in T&T and the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany. He also appeared in three Concacaf Gold Cups in 2005, 2013 and 2015.

Speaking today, Jones said, “'My decision to retire from playing has not been an easy one for me but having thought about it at length, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career.”

The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs once again thanks Kenwyne Jones for a sterling contribution to the sport of football and to the county. We wish him continued success in his future endeavours.


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Budget Statement - Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs

The following is an excerpt from the 2018 Budget Statement “Changing the Paradigm: Putting the Economy on a Sustainable Path” as it relates to the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. The 2018 fiscal package was presented by The Honourable Colm Imbert, Minister of Finance on October 02nd, 2017.

“Madam Speaker, we view our sport sector as being vital for contributing to youth and economic development. Our recently-commissioned world class sport facilities, in aquatics, cycling, tennis, hockey and cricket have joined our football stadia as the foundation for the country becoming a hub in sports tourism.

We are now positioning sports tourism as a viable incipient industry for economic diversification. We have already won international acclaim and positive reviews from the sporting fraternity for hosting a series of major competitive domestic and international sporting events at these facilities. We are continuing to secure such sporting events.

Madam Speaker, we are putting in place attractive user rates for these facilities. The revenue generated, including through the introduction of naming rights, will ensure their adequate maintenance.

We plan to focus on three major revenue generating avenues: sport services, sport events and sport infrastructure, given that those areas require very little capital investment, as a result of the already existing infrastructure.

These facilities will serve as the foundation for our youth as they strive for excellence on the international stage and bring the international spotlight on our country.

Our national community, with events to celebrate on a continual basis, will benefit from the outflow of patriotism and pride and in the process serve as a cohesive force for nation building.

The recent performance of our athletic teams at the 16th IAAF World Championships and the World Para Athletics Championships in London, England is illustrative. We were given the opportunity to listen to our national anthem with our national flag being raised in victory for all the world to see.

We will continue with our strategies geared towards the development of sports, such as the Elite Athlete and Coach Development Programme, as well as to implement a new talent identification framework for high performance athletes; but we would appeal to the private sector and to our citizens to expand their support for our sporting activities on a sustained basis, whether through attendance at events or financing activities and programmes, in order to play their part in this national effort.

We are now reviewing the governance structures and systemic arrangements for the delivery of sport services with a view to increasing efficiency and streamlining processes. We are putting in place the Sports Commission for Trinidad and Tobago and developing requisite legislation which will address issues such as sports events management, sport dispute resolution and management of national sporting bodies.”

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What's Happening in Sport?

Caribbean Queens again

LED THE WAY FOR T&T: Krystle Esdelle
T&T’s Channon Thompson, centre, receives her MVP award at the 16th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championship held in Jamaica. PHOTO: SEAN MORRISON

TRINIDAD and Tobago saved their best for last as they soared to their sixth title in succession when the curtain fell on the CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Federation) Women’s Championships on Monday night in Jamaica.

Calypso Spikers in 7th heaven

Greece-based Krystle Esdelle led three players in double-figure scoring as T&T “Calypso Spikers” brushed aside host Jamaica in straight sets to lift a record sixth straight and seventh overall title when the 16th Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championship, the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship Second Round qualifier ended in Kingston, Jamaica on Monday night.

What's Happening in Youth?

MSYA Traditional Craft & Christmas 2017

Traditional Craft and Christmas

MSYA Traditional Craft and Christmas offers young persons from various communities in Laventille/Morvant and East Port of Spain and environs an opportunity to be engaged in meaningful and exemplary activities as a means to empowerment and as a distinct alternative to anti-social activities and recidivistic behaviors.

Each young person has a purpose in life; our goal is therefore, to help reveal that purpose and engage each participant in a plan to achieve that purpose, whether through education (formal/ informal), culture or community service. This initiative will play a critical role in providing activities, recreation, continuity, stability, information, skills and psycho-economic empowerment for young persons to the benefit of the broader Laventille/Morvant and East Port of Spain and Environs.

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