President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC), Brian Lewis, said Commonwealth Games gold medallist Michelle-Lee Ahye, as an outstanding athlete and role model for Trinidad and Tobago, deserves respect.

Michelle-Lee Ahye displays the national flag after winning the 100m gold at the Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia, recently.

TTOC boss defends Commonwealth champion

T&T Michelle-Lee Ahye acknowledges the crowd during her medal ceremony at the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia, last week. PICTURE CA-IMAGES/ALLAN CRANE

“Do something good for the country…and they still find a way to be negative smh (shaking my head) Trinidadians.”

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Australia’s Gold Coast has long been derided as an “overgrown resort town” and a “cultural desert”. But the 2018 Commonwealth Games allowed the host region to develop and communicate its big city credentials. Mega-events have been heavily criticised in recent years, but if planned properly they can bring many benefits for host cities, including social and economic regeneration. Gold Coast authorities were also interested in urban development: they wanted to show the world their coastline has matured from tourist resort to fully fledged city.

Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates as she wins gold ahead of Christania Williams of Jamaica and Asha Philip of England. Photo: Getty.

Over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 nations and territories made history over 11 unforgettable days of world class sporting action.

Michelle-Lee Ahye historic win in the 100m in 11.14 seconds at the 2018 Commonwealth Games which concluded at the Gold Coast, Australia, yesterday, is testimony of the benefits of hard work, discipline and perseverance on her part and work of her coach and support staff. She deserves all the accolades that have been showered upon her and the financial rewards to be bestowed from TTOC and the Ministry of Sport through the new sport policy on rewarding excellence.

T&T’s top international distance runner Tonya Nero and national distance coach Dexter Voisin after she placed 14th in the Commonwealth Games women’s marathon in Gold Coast, Australia, yesterday. She clocked 2.55.14.

T&T’s top international women’s distance runner Tonya Nero finished a creditable 14th in the 26.2 miles Commonwealth Games women’s marathon event on the last day of competition out at the Gold Coast, Australia yesterday.

Kyron McMaster celebrates after winning gold in the 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Kyron McMaster’s 400m hurdles win gave the British Virgin Islands a first ever Commonwealth gold, and came months after his coach Xavier Samuels was killed in Hurricane Irma

The Commonwealth Games have changed public discourse on reconciliation and the need to respect, recognise and support the rights of indigenous people in Australia and across the Commonwealth.

President Paula-Mae Weekes yesterday lauded the achievement of Trinidad and Tobago’s latest Commonwealth gold medallist Jereem Richards. The 24 year old won gold in the men’s 200m final as action continued at the Carrara Stadium in the Gold Coast, Australia. “Congratulations Jereem Richards. The country is once again bathed in golden light thanks to your magnificent victory in the Commonwealth Games 200m men’s final. This is the first time since 1966 that Trinidad and Tobago athletes have won multiple gold medals at the Commonwealth Games - Michelle-Lee Ahye’s historic Women’s 100m final gold medal and now Jereem’s,” she said.

Relatives and friends of Jereem Richards, including his mother Yvette Wilson (seated center) and grandmother Deaprice Wilson (seated right) celebrate his victory at the family’s home in Point Fortin yesterday.

THE people of Point Fortin were in a celebratory mood yesterday as they marked the victory of one of their own. TT’s Jereem Richards, 24, grabbed a gold medal in the Men’s 200m final at the Commonwealth Games held in Australia. It was the second gold medal won for TT at the games. The first was taken by sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye in the women’s 100m final.

World Champion bronze medallist Jereem 'the Dream' Richards secured Trinidad and Tobago's second Gold medal in the Men's 200m Final after Englishman Zharnel Hughes was disqualified tonight (Thurs 12th) at the Carrara Stadium.

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