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News - Commonwealth Games

Kwanieze John, Chanelle Young and Rheeza Grant were a hap­py bunch on Thurs­day con­fi­dent that they por­trayed and sold T&T well to of­fi­cials from the Com­mon­wealth Games As­so­ci­a­tion (CGA) to this coun­try, in bid­ding to host the 2021 Com­mon­wealth Youth Games (CYG).

At a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day af­ter­noon held at the T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee (TTOC) of­fice on Aber­crom­by Street in Port-of-Spain, the trio dis­cussed el­e­ments of T&T’s abil­i­ty to host a suc­cess­ful mul­ti-sport event that was pre­sent­ed to the vis­i­tors.

The of­fi­cials have now seen bids from both T&T and Gibral­tar to host the CYG in 2021. With Gibral­tar al­ready vis­it­ed, the of­fi­cials were in T&T for two days this week view­ing and lis­ten­ing what the twin Is­land Re­pub­lic in the Caribbean has to of­fer from the young and vi­brant all-women bid team.

They pre­sent­ed and de­fend­ed the bid, as well as ac­com­pa­nied the vis­it­ing team to on-site vis­its to sev­er­al sport­ing and an­cil­lary fa­cil­i­ties.

Chief among the bid's three cor­ner­stones will be ex­e­cut­ing a heav­i­ly youth-ori­ent­ed games pro­gramme.

“We want­ed the Games to rep­re­sent a dif­fer­ent per­cep­tion of youth in T&T,” said John, who is the pro­gramme man­ag­er of Rug­by North Amer­i­ca.

"We have our so­ci­etal chal­lenges and we want­ed to have the bid as a bea­con of hope that young peo­ple can strive and be ad­ven­tur­ous, and take own­er­ship of any­thing we set our minds to."

Both Grant, the TTOC project of­fi­cer of ath­letes ser­vices and pro­grammes, and Young, the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer at TTOC, re­it­er­at­ed as much in their re­spec­tive ad­dress.

They shared on the im­por­tance of vol­un­teerism for an event of this mag­ni­tude say­ing: “Vol­un­teerism is the heart of any Games. They are the dri­vers of the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Ac­cord­ing to the bid team, the del­e­ga­tion led by Rachel Si­mon, the CGF’s Head of Com­mon­wealth Youth Games, and in­clud­ed CGF Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Dar­ren Hall and CGF Sports Com­mit­tee mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing the two bid­ding re­gions (for Eu­rope), Com­mon­wealth Games Eng­land’s Sports Di­rec­tor Don Park­er and for the Caribbean, Sec­re­tary Gen­er­al of the St Vin­cent and the Grenadines Com­mon­wealth Games As­so­ci­a­tion Kei­th Joseph, looked at not on­ly the sport­ing venues but al­so med­ical fa­cil­i­ties and po­ten­tial ac­com­mo­da­tions.

T&T's bid is his­toric in that it is the first time the twin-is­land re­pub­lic has reached this far in bid­ding for a ma­jor in­ter­na­tion­al mul­ti-sport event.

Re­ports are that the vis­it­ing Com­mon­wealth as­so­ci­a­tion team was im­pressed with T&T's pre­sen­ta­tion but nat­u­ral­ly it re­mains non-com­mit­tal about a pref­er­ence or de­ci­sion un­til the time is ap­pro­pri­ate.

The Games, which start­ed in 2000 in Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land and were most re­cent­ly held in The Ba­hamas in Ju­ly 2017, will see the Com­mon­wealth’s lead­ing young ath­letes, aged 14-18, tak­ing part in a fes­ti­val of glob­al sport, per­son­al de­vel­op­ment and new friend­ships.

The oth­er pre­vi­ous hosts of the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games are Bendi­go 2004 (Aus­tralia); Pune 2008 (In­dia); Isle of Man 2011; and Samoa 2015.


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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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