The Honourable Anil Roberts extended condolences to family of Akeem Adams following his passing earlier today. Minister Roberts noted that is always difficult when a parent loses a son or daughter but it was especially difficult in this case since this proud young national taken in his prime. “As a father I cannot begin to imagine the grief and despair his family is feeling in these difficult moments, Akeem was a talented young man who dedicated his life and career to the sport he loved. He stood as an example to many on how fully utilise all the gifts and talents bestowed on him by the Creator. He even faced his final challenge with an optimistic spirit and kept up the fight, right until the end. The people of Trinidad and Tobago lost one their talented sons but I have no doubt that his legacy will certainly live on in our hearts and our minds. On behalf of the team at the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Akeem Adams.
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World Championship gold medallist Jehue Gordon was the standout awardee at the Spirit of Sport Awards (SOSA), taking home four trophies, as well as the welcome gift of keys to a Maracas/St. Joseph duplex. The award show, hosted by the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago was held to red carpet fanfare at the Queen’s Hall was a celebration of all things Trinbagonian, particularly the 2013 sporting achievements by elite athletes and community sport leaders alike.
World 400m hurdles champion Jehue Gordon, and swimmers Shanntol Ince and Dylan Carter have all been nominated for five Spirit of Sport Awards (SOSA) tonight at Queen’s Hall from 6 pm.Twenty awards will be distributed, as the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company of T&T (Sportt) honour the country’s top athletes and administrators of 2013. Jehue became a household name in T&T when he won 400m hurdles gold at the World Athletics Championships in Russia, back in August. Jehue clocked 47.69 seconds, edging American Michael Tinsley (47.70) in a photo finish.
Also in August, Carter swam his way to a silver medal in the 50m butterfly event at the FINA Junior World Swimming Championships in Dubai. Carter’s efforts have already been recognised, as he won the Junior Male Athlete of the Year award at the SOSA Nomination ceremony on December 17. In October, Ince made a name for herself at the third Youth Para Pan American Games in Argentina, copping four gold medals. She won the 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and the 100m freestyle. Ince won the Best Athlete with a Disability (physical) award at last year’s SOSA Awards. Also nominated for multiple awards are George Bovell (swimming), Njisane Phillip (cycling), Marisa Dick (gymnastics) and Sunil Narine (cricket).
Captain of the national hockey team Darren Cowie says that the national players are very happy with the assistance they have gained from the Elite Athlete High Performance Unit that is now available for national teams at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
The unit which is the brainchild of the minister of sport, Anil Roberts, caters for top level athletes in a bid to assist them with performance measurement, psychological work, nutrition management as well as physical development, so that they can compete and narrow the gap with foreign athletes. This is just one of the many initiatives that Roberts has brought into what is now a new thinking in local sport. Cowie said the SPORTT has been working closely with the hockey team to ensure that they receive the best possible assistance in their bid to bring glory to this nation.
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts and his representatives signed off on a nearly $500 million bond to finance the upgrade of nine regional recreational facilities. One of these includes the proposed facility at the Eddie Hart Ground in Tacarigua that Roberts said will go ahead only after all approvals from the necessary agencies are secured.
Announcing details of the fixed rate bond are, from left, Gregory Hill, managing director, Ansa Merchant Bank, Sports Minister Anil Roberts, Ashwin Creed, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sport and John Mollenthiel, CEO of Sportt. Image: Trinidad Guardian
Coach of the Soca Warriors Stephen Hart has joined the chorus of praises being sung for Sport Minister Anil Roberts, for his assistance to the development and new interest in local football.
Hart, who was coach of the Canada team, returned to his native T&T against all odds and has started a turnaround in the fortunes of the national team and has credited the Minister for most of the renewed interest and improved performance of the national teams.
“The Ministry of Sport and the Sportt Company have been supportive of the senior team since I have come on board. The players and myself are very grateful for their support,” Hart said in support of the Minister.
Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors Head Coach Stephen Hart - CENTRE. Image: T&T Soca Warriors Fanpage
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts has been heaped with praises for his role in the development of football locally.
National player Carlos Edwards, as well as the recently retired Chris Birchall and secretary of the T&T Football Association, Sheldon Phillips have all come out with kind words for Roberts.
Footballers Carlos Edwards and Chris Birchall. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors Facebook Fanpage
Edwards, the Ipswich Town player pointed out that the Ministry of Sport deserved credit for standing by the TTFA and the national team. “We all know the situation at the moment. The financial situation is not the best. I think as players, with me having been through a lot of years in the game with the national team, that more should be afforded to the players and even the staff but this is what it is now and we’re working with it. The Association has still been able to pull through and we’ve been able to keep playing but I would like to see more happening… more support for the Association and the national teams.”
Edwards made reference to Roberts and his role. “I think Minister Roberts has a very good understanding of what it takes and that is a plus without a doubt. He knows it’s not just about football but about all sports. But he also knows that football is at the top of the pecking order and to be fair he’s been trying to do his part from what I’ve been hearing but we know the pressures that comes with all of this. I hope and maybe I should say I expect he will do his best to ensure the necessary support is given if it is that we are to realise the dream of qualifying for another World Cup and doing well on the international stage with the right preparations,”
Birchall said: “I’ve known the Sport Minister since the 2006 campaign. I remember him being an avid supporter of the team, always very present at the games and I think he knows what is required for success.
Sport Minister Anil Roberts and TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee at the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors Facebook Fanpage
He seems to have a fair knowledge of what the current team needs in terms of support and I hope can continue in this way to hopefully see the country get to another World Cup. With people like him around, hopefully the association can get things done in the right way and that the game can continue to develop here in Trinidad and Tobago,” Birchall added.
Recently the TTFA was provided with a home at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and president Raymond Tim Kee was also thrilled: “We are quite thrilled about this move and extremely grateful to the Ministry of Sport and the Sportt Company for presenting us with this opportunity to take up residence at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. This will be the new home of Trinidad and Tobago Football which entered a new era in recent months and continues to make positive strides.”
TTFA General Secretary Sheldon Phillips. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors Facebook Fanpage
TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips, who negotiated the move, further revealed, “the move to Hasely Crawford Stadium is yet another example of the developing partnership between our organisation and the Ministry of Sport.
“The TTFA would like to specifically thank Minister Anil Roberts for his leadership in making the stadium space available and recognition of the immediate and sustained benefits this move would yield for football.”
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A small, but distinguished audience yesterday (Friday 13th, 2013) attended the All Saints Anglican Church around the Queen’s Park Savannah to bid farewell at the funeral of legendary sprinter Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, who died on December 4, just days short of his 93rd birthday. In attendance were President of the Republic Anthony Carmona, Sport Minister Anil Roberts and Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee president Brian Lewis. Bailey’s life and exploits as a sprinter were celebrated by friends and family. Granddaughter Zo-Mari Tanker said Bailey was nicknamed “Mac”, “Maco” and “Macocious”, names which paid tributes to a man great in many ways.
President of the Republic, Anthony Carmona, centre, Minister of Sport Anil Roberts, second right and president of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee Brian Lewis, right, at the funeral service for the late athlete McDonald Bailey at the All Saints Anglican Church, Marli Street, Port of Spain, on Friday. —Photo: Ishmael Salandy. Source: Trinidad Express
The sport of table tennis lost a stalwart this week in the person of Gordon Delph, who was laid to rest Tuesday at St. Theresa’s RC Church. The former national player and coach lost his battle with brain cancer at age 56.
Minister of Sport, the Honourable Anil Roberts signs the condolence book at the funeral service of Gordon Delph while fiancé Shondell Nicholls looks on.
Last season’s losing finalist Petro Jazz and newcomer Quarters United recorded season-opening victories when the 15th edition of the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League jumped off at the Southern Indoor Sports Arena, Pleasantville, on Sunday evening. First on the courts was Quarters which defeated seasoned campaigner Sangre Grande All Stars 70-60 for a debut victory. For the winning team which led 35-28 at half-time, Kirk Waithe scored 19 points while centre Kerwin Thompson and Kino Fleary finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively. For Grande, Rickie Hazare netted 13 while team-mates Glendon Philip and veteran centre Joel Cruickshank added 11 a piece. Preceding that match was the opening ceremony which saw the Dave Bobb, director of sports in the Ministry of Sport applauding the league for its youth-driven initiative which he said will ensure a future in the sport. He urged the young players to be disciplined, good sportsmen and to represent their teams and communities with pride.
He enjoyed long life and had an illustrious career, the highlight of which was competing under the flag of the British Empire when he won 100m Bronze at the Helsinki Olympic Games. Trinidad and Tobago mourns the loss of a great athlete in Emmanuel McDonald Bailey who passed away Thursday at the age of 92. The holder of a Chaconia Gold medal had been ailing for some time.
Sprinter Emmanuel McDonald Bailey during the AAA Championships at White City London Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Hulton Getty
The Honourable Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport has commented that “Bailey was a champion of excellence, not just on the track but in his family life as well. The Ministry honoured him in 2012 at the Spirit of Sport Awards, bestowing a Lifetime Achievement Award on him.
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts says that sport in this country lacks intellectual capital and this is why the ministry of sport is making some serious investments in bringing in modem technology to assist all.
Roberts speaking to Guardian Media said, “Sport in this country lacks intellectual capital and this is why we are not producing many more top rated athletes. Let me give you an example, Ato Boldon went to America and the instead of playing other sports, he was spotted and channeled into being a top sprinter. If we want to get the best talent and increase the ratio of athletes getting to the top, we need to get the coaches up to scratch and also get top level equipment to assist them in their job. As a ministry we are responsible for the overall development of sport and athletes in this country and we are not sitting by idly, with all this potential at our disposal."
Dave Bobb, director of Sports at the Ministry of Sport, is urging administrators and the public not to underestimate the power of sports in curbing crime in T&T. Bobb said, “Young men in our communities are the ones committing the crimes; young people between the ages of 17and 25 because they have nothing to do. Basketball: Hoop of Life, (and) now Super 10 is being used to have these young men move from one step to the other. “I will urge all team managers, coaches to try to instill into your players the importance of getting involved…importance of presenting yourselves as professionals, as players, not just as basketballers. And I believe that the entire vision of this event (Super 10) is to do such.
Director of Sports at the Ministry of Sport Dave Bobb, left, Mackeson’s Shawn Abasali and managing director of the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League Kieth Clement hold up the challenge trophy at the media launch of the League at Carib Brewery, Champ Fleurs yesterday. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK Trinidad Express
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