Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic Athletes were given welcome support yesterday, when the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs gave out Elite Athlete Assistance (EAA) Cheques to 15 of the nation’s best at the VIP Lounge of the Hasley Crawford Stadium.
The EAA Programme is a Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for athletes as they prepare for international competitions. In order to be eligible athletes must either be world ranked in their individual sport, have medalled in an international tournament or be participating in an Olympic event.
Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Darryl Smith presented the cheques to the athletes that amounted to a total of $1.4 million. The athletes that were given cheques include:
- Cleopatra Borel - Athletics (Shot Put)
- Aleena Brooks - Athletics (800m)
- Machel Cedenio – Athletics (400m)
- Jehue Gordon – Athletics (400m Hurdles)
- Jamal James – Athletics (800m)
- Emmanuel Mayers – Athletics (400m Hurdles)
- Jarrin Solomon – Athletics (400m)
- Reyare Thomas – Athletics (100m)
- Keshorn Walcott – Athletics (Javelin)
- Marlon Moses – Shooting
- Clement Marshall – Shooting
- Kale Wilson – Squash
- Dylan Carter – Swimming
- Kamaria Durant – Athletics ( 100m,200m)
- Quincy Wilson - Athletics
The cheques are expected to cover the expense the athletes will accrue over the time of their training towards the Rio Olympics. These include coaching fees, medical, travel and accommodation expenses.
Meanwhile the Sports Minister commended his management team for their efficiency in the distribution of the cheques. He highlighted that in the past athletes usually got their assistance in May and praised the proper planning of the staff in putting the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs back in good standing.