Athletics continued to be at the forefront this past week as many of T&T’s athletes participated in the North American, Central American and Caribbean Senior Championships, in the lead-up to the World Championships in Beijing scheduled to start on August 22nd. At the games, Lalonde Gordon and Mikel Thomas continued their good form from the Pan Am games as they earned our two gold medals. Along the way, Gordon produced a games record in the semis and Thomas established one in the final. Heading into the World Championships, both are in good form and will be in medal contention for the Red White and Black.
There were also good runs from female sprinters Sparkle Mcknight, Michelle Lee Ahye and Semoy Hackett. McKnight ran a personal best of 55.41 on her way to silver in the 400m hurdles in a fantastic run. Semoy Hackett could only manage silver in the200m as well but set a new national record (and PB) with a run of 22.51 as she rounds back into form. Michelle Lee Ahye had bad start but was able to recover to claim 3rd place in her event. Both she and Hackett sat out the 4x100 team at the games, but Kamaria Durant, Reyare Thomas, Lisa Wickham and Peli Alzola did well in their place with a 3rd place finish in a time of 44.24.
Our field athletes also continued our upward trend in the throwing events with Quincy Wilson getting a bronze in the discus and Jaleesa Wilson going one better by attaining silver in the female discus. Our other bronze medal winners were Deandra Daniel in the high jump and Jamaal James in the 800mm.
These medals come on the heels of the TTOC signalling one year to the Rio Olympics 2016 on August 5th. Coupled with that announcement was the revelation that Lord Harris Square is to be turned into an Olympic Village geared toward promoting values of the Olympic Movement, the history of Trinidad and Tobago at the Olympics and healthy lifestyle choices.
Can we not honestly say that Brian Lewis is really being innovative since taking the helm at the TTOC? The TTOC has always been well run in comparison to other local sporting organisations but we really dig the whole” 10 Gold by 2024” drive. Imagine actually setting goals…and then approaching the public, the corporate organisations, the NLCB all in different ways to contribute toward achieving them instead of just blaming the Min. of Sport? It makes us actually believe that Haseley and Keshorn are going to need to make some room in that exclusive club of theirs in our history books soon.