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Welcome Back Team TTO!

From left; Mr Ronson Hackshaw, Akeem Stewart, Carlos Greene, Mr. Pradeep Vishnu and Mr Sudhir Ramessar (front) at the VIP Lounge of the Piarco International Airport last night.

Officials from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs were on hand last evening to welcome the athletes who participated at the recently concluded 2017 World Para Athletics Championships held in London, England.

In his brief address to the contingent, Mr. Ronson Hackshaw, Assistant Director, Physical Education and Sport in the Ministry, congratulated the team on an outstanding performance. He also noted that this was a historic moment as they were able to capture two gold medals, one bronze medal, and achieve two new world records. He thanked the coaches, supporters and the management team of the Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee for their dedicated time and service in helping our athletes achieve success. He urged them to continue to make our country and citizens proud and aim for the highest level of success in their respective disciplines.

Sudhir Ramessar, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee thanked the country for the continued support to their athletes, referring to them as “world class athletes who continue to excel against the odds.”

Akeem Stewart, world record holder expressed his gratitude to God, his sponsors and his team members for their support and the ability to make it all happen. He reiterated that it was a dream come through although he went to the games with high expectations, he didn’t expect to surpass his expectations in the disciplines in which he participated.

Overall, the team returned with three medals. Akeem Stewart won gold in the Men’s F44 Javelin Throw and Men’s Shot Put F44 Final breaking both world records and Nyoshia Cain won bronze in the Women’s 100m T44 Final.

The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs joins the nation in extending congratulations and sincere appreciation to our athletes who excelled at the World Para Athletics Championships. Trinidad and Tobago continues to stand with our paralympic athletes as they continue to represent our country with great pride.

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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?

Young athletes off to Commonwealth Games

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago team for the sixth Commonwealth Youth Games pose for a picture during a send-off function hosted by the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) in the VIP Lounge at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: KERWIN PIERRE

“Give it your best,” said Jehue Gordon to the beaming faces of some of the 50 athletes that will be representing T&T at the sixth Commonwealth Youth Games at a send off function hosted by the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) in the VIP Lounge at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain.

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