Calypso Girls finish World Cup with another winning effort


Trinidad and Tobago goal-shooter Samantha Wallace scored 53 goals to ensure the Calypso Girls recorded their sixth win in a row yesterday at the Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, sealing ninth place overall in the process.
T&T had already beaten Samoa 67-47 earlier in the tournament when they met at the second eight Group G last week. However, the local netballers were expecting a stern test after a nail-biting 57-56 extra-time victory over Scotland in their previous encounter on Saturday.
T&T started the match with the intention of using their most potent weapon as much as possible. Wallace scored all 15 of her tries in the first quarter, a total which saw the Calypso Girls end the first quarter with a slim 15-13 lead over the Samoans.


T&T sprint relay women end ‘Masters’ in style

Trinidad and Tobago closed off their World Masters Athletics Championship campaign in style in Lyon, France, yesterday.
Donelle Stafford, Sasha Springer, Ayanna Hutchinson and Marsha Mark-Baird teamed up for gold in the women’s 35-39 4x100 metres relay in a world masters record time of 47.65 seconds. The clocking was a nine-hundredths of a second improvement on the old global standard of 47.74.
The T&T quartet finished well ahead of France, the silver medallists in 49.09 seconds. Great Britain, meanwhile, clocked 49.30 to claim bronze.
T&T finished the Championships with 13 medals—six gold, three silver and four bronze.


Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Sport have officially launched their “Podium Push” initiative, designed to help the country’s athletes achieve their target of 10 Olympic and Paralympic gold medals by 2024.

The Ministry's director of sport Gabre McTair vowed to give their athletes the best possible preparation for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and has called on the various sporting bodies in the country to put forward competitors who they think have a realistic prospect of earning a medal.

The scheme will also cover expenses for Trinidadian and Tobago athletes, including travel to overseas competitions, training camps and sessions with nutritionists and psychologists.

“Our Elite Athlete Assistant Programme needed some refocusing to ensure that our sporting elite received proper funding, I recognised that even more was needed to help Brian Lewis and his team at the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) achieve their aim of ten gold medals by the year 2024,” McTair said.

“Providing funding to take our top athletes to the Olympics is not enough.

“I realise that getting there is not the challenge but finishing in the top three requires additional commitment and effort from the athletes, coaches support teams and the Ministry of Sport.”

As well as the scheme, launched at an Achievers’ Luncheon hosted by the Ministry of Sport at the grand ballroom of the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, members of the Trinidad and Tobago team at the Special Olympics, which concluded in Los Angeles last month, were awarded plaques for their achievements.

They claimed a haul of 48 medals at the event which included 15 golds, nine silvers and 24 bronzes.

Also honoured at the luncheon were Trinidad and Tobago’s medallists from the recent Pan American Games in Toronto, where they took home three golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

The development is the latest initiative aimed at increasing the success of Trinidad and Tobago at Olympic level and follows the TTOC announcing they plan to turn Lord Harris Square in the capital Port of Spain into an Olympic Village ahead of Rio 2016.

Since making its Olympic debut at London 1948, Trinidad and Tobago have won only two gold medals, Hasely Crawford in the 100 metres at Monteal 1976 and Keshorn Walcott in the javelin at London 2012.

Trinidad and Tobago have never won a Paralympic medal of any colour having competed at both the 1984 and 1988 Games, before they returned at London 2012 following a 24-year absence.


The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee’s (TTOC) Advanced Sport Management Course (ASMC) is at the half way mark. The second edition of the TTOC / Olympic Solidarity course began on the 16th May 2015. Scheduled to end on the 28th November 2015, the course will be concluded where participants will present on the overall course impact.


28 participants started the course, with three modules completed; the fourth module begins next week Saturday 22nd August 2015. Kairon Serrette will facilitate the financial management session. Modules already completed: Organizing an Olympic Sport Organization, Managing Human Resource and Managing Strategically facilitated by Mrs. Annette Knott, Ms. Anna Thompson and Ms. Carol Charles Austin respectively.


The main objective of the course is to stimulate change within National Sporting Organizations (NSO). Successful completion of the course requires 100% attendance, plus submissions of one case study for each module and a final report on the impact of the learning process on the participant’s organization.


The course consists of volunteer and paid staff of National Sport Federations/ Associations and other bodies responsible for the development of sport who are involved at a senior level in the management of their organization.  Sports represented are Football, Judo, Karate, Rugby, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Athletics, Chess, Cricket, Sailing, Swimming, Netball, Squash and the Paralympic Committee.

Calypso Girls beat Samoa to top Pool G

Trinidad and Tobago's “Calypso Girls” clinched top spot in Pool G yesterday after beating Samoa 66-47 for their fourth straight win at the Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia.

Having enjoyed wins over Singapore and Zambia in their earlier pool matches and previously Barbados in Pool A in the preliminary, a win yesterday at the Allphones Arena was vital if T&T were to maintain hopes of clinching ninth spot, which is the highest placing they can now hope to reach.

William Wallace, the T&T Football Association (T&TFA) national team Operations Manager says if the local federation is to satisfy all its national teams on a yearly basis, then a budget of $75 million will be needed. 

Wallace made this disclosure while speaking at a T&TFA media conference called to relaunch the Soca Warriors brand and give updates on a number of activities planned, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, VIP Lounge, yesterday.

Commenting on what has taken place on the field so far this year, Wallace noted the T&T national teams have been kept very busy, but is finding it very tough due to a lack of financial support, not withstanding the ongoing feud between its president Raymond Tim Kee and Minister of Sports, former World Cup defender, Brent Sancho. 

A cricket administrator as well, Wallace said so far this year seven national teams have participated in international tournaments, and if the senior team has to be going through what it has been in terms of funding, then people can well imagine what is happening at the lower levels for the other teams.

Reflecting on a recent situation he said, “Our Under-17 women team recently had a tournament and they almost did not make it to the qualifiers, not because they were not prepared but because of a lack of finances.

He added: “Let me just say T&T we have to get serious. 

“All over the world football is impacting lives and right here at home as well we can all reflect on 1989 and 2006. 

“To me these were defining moments in T&T’s history where it brought people together and it must not go unnoticed, and if we are to satisfy all our teams we are definitely talking about $75 million a year.

“We are talking about having full-time staff, because as a matter fact, right now we don’t even have a full quota of full-time staff on our senior national team. 

“The coach is the only full-time person on the senior team, the same team that performed so well at the Gold Cup, that was able to fight hard against Mexico.”

He added: “This is our flagship team, so you can imagine what happens at the lower levels. So, in this regard, I have to compliment all coaches and members of staff, technical and administrative for keeping this thing afloat, without proper remuneration.

“Because if it was not for them, this dream would have die, and thats the dream of many citizens of T&T. 

Tim Kee added: “USA’s budget for football a year is over US$100 million while Mexico’s is more than US$150, but here in T&T we struggle to raise US$5 million, and one of the reasons is that we don’t have the population to push the turnstiles to come in the stadiums, to generate funds that will even offset the cost of hosting an international match.”

In explaining why T&T has not hosted many matches in recent times, Tim Kee said: “Generally 95 per cent of the matches we host here in T&T, we end up in deficit because we just don’t have the numbers. The players and the teams we have been looking at are top quality teams because if we want to go and be with the top teams we need to be playing top quality teams.

“That why we have been performing in recent times as we have been because we have been liming the eagles, the top teams as Tim Kee described it.

“Our performances are beginning to match our expectations and through those kind of displays as well it is then we will attract patronage and support, but to get there is a real uphill task, so all we can do is plead to the citizens of this country, corporate and private to come forward and support our team.

“We have a new constitution, and we have re-adjusted our organisation but have not filled all the positions because that calls for money again, but we are looking forward and focus on the field to be a real challenge to any team in Concacaf and we will demonstrate that again.

“We did it recently at the Gold Cup against Mexico, and to the USA I say here we come when Concacaf World Cup qualifiers begin on November 17.”