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One person told me to my face that my belief that women will play the most significant role in global development in the future is baloney.

I have also been told it goes against religious and societal norms and values.

I am committed to driving strategic change for women in sport including ensuring that all TTOC (Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee) publications, presentations and communications are gender neutral and that TTOC policies empower and grow sustainable women and girls’ participation in sport - including establishing targeted leadership development programmes to identify and support the current and next generation of female leaders.

Gendered assumptions on leadership, masculinity, femininity and power are a barrier for women and girls in sport. We need to increase women participation in sport governance, leadership and management. We need to change the patriarchal landscape of sport.

We have to remove the barriers and structures that place women and girls at a disadvantage.

Three TTOC events in the past week had gender equality and driving forward a more inclusive culture in the Olympic and Commonwealth Sport movement in T&T and the Caribbean as the focus of attention.

A three-day workshop focusing on the use of the Zeus software programme began the week at Olympic House.

21 participants (14 women and 7 men) from around the Caribbean braved the hurricane season to attend the workshop moderated by Ellen Barwise of the Commonwealth Games Foundation (CGF) and Gail Craig-Archer of the Barbados Olympic Association.

On Thursday and Friday (21-22 September) the TTOC in collaboration with UNESCO and TAFISA hosted a workshop - Achieving social inclusion and gender equality in the Caribbean using sports and physical activity. The aim of this workshop was to build awareness on gender equality in sports and sport as a tool for social inclusion, community building and civic engagement.

And to close the TTOC’s week of championing gender equality on Saturday September 23 the TTOC held its first ever Advancing Women in Leadership Forum at the National Racquet Centre, Tacarigua for the historic gathering.

There are those who are happy to provide reasons why gender equality creates more problems than solutions. Who will have you believe that women are their own worse enemy and no one really wants to break down turn centuries of socialization.

The critics of gender equality and parity have often argued that it just isn’t worth the time and effort as progress may appear slow and tortured.

However, that the war maybe long and drawn out is not an excuse. Advancing Women in Leadership will make a transformational difference.

Those who resist believe they have good reason to do so. They point to many examples that support their view.

That at times it’s women who express the view that it’s a waste of time says more about their own mindset and attitude.

It isn’t sad. It’s just the raw reality of the culture that is deeply engrained in many societies around the world.

Why should Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean be any different.

But fear not. The war will be won. Gender equality and parity will be a reality.


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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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