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The University of T&T goes through its paces at the All Sectors Netball League Opening Day American Style Premier Division Championship at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena Tacarigua on Saturday. Photo Anthony Harris

NETBALL

Samantha Wallace, T&T’s standout goal-attack at the 14th Netball World Cup in Sydney Australia, last year, leaves today to join the professional ranks in England. In an early Christmas gift, Wallace, was one of four new players snapped up by Hertfordshire Mavericks for the 2016 Vitality Netball Superleague.

Her move to England from local team, the University of T&T which she led to the All Sectors Netball League Opening Day American Style Premier Division crown at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena Tacarigua on Saturday comes after Wallace, a standout at the World Junior Under-21 Championship a few years back in Scotland made an impressive debut at the Netball World Cup where she led the T&T attack with 280 goals from 324 attempts in eight matches.

In a tough four-team group invoving the top two ranked teams in the world in host Australia and New Zealand as well as Caribbean neighbours, Wallace managed to hold her own with impressive shooting displays.

Against the Aussies, Wallace who made her national debut against Canada in 2008 tallied 11 of 14 attempts in a 73-32 loss and then converted 24 of 34 in a 74-38 defeat at the hands of the Kiwis before dominating the Bajans, with 37 of 42 attempts in a 55-39 win to end the first round.

The T&T shooter who stands at 193 centimeters and turns 22 on January 16, was a former Caribbean Under-16 “Most Valuable Player”. Wallace raised her game in the qualifying round for positions ninth to 16th, scoring 30 of 34 in a 66-39 win over Zambia; 27 from 31 in a 75-32 beating of Singapore, and 49-from 59 to lead T&T past Samoa.

Her best was yet to come as Wallace went for 49 from 54 attempts in an overtime ninth to 12th semifinal win over Scotland, including nine of her team’s ten goals in the extra-time period. And in her final match, Wallace surpassed the 50-goal mark with 53 from 60 attempts to lead T&T to a 64-51 win over Samoa and ninth spot.

In addition to the T&T standout, New Zealand veteran and World Cup gold medallist Joline Henry, Australian Sam May and Ella Clark of England will be turning out for the Hatfield-based franchise which boast a winning combination of international experience and home grown talent on its 15-player roster.

According to the league’s website, the entire squad that has represented their countries at various age categories and around the globe, makes for a team ready to go one step further in 2016 and bring home the title of Super League Champions.

The Mavericks also believe they have the best depth of talent in the shooting circle of all the Super League teams with four to five shooters being 6 feet 3 inches tall and highly versatile players.

“This squad is the culmination of six months hard work from both the coaches and the staff enabling us to secure such a fantastic group of players,” said Sam Bird, coach.

“I would like to thank the sponsors and our fans for their support making it possible for the Board to provide the resources to sign these elite athletes.”

“My aim was always to find a mix of experienced England internationals (Louisa, Layla, Lindsay) with rising England stars (Vicky, George, Sophie, Scarlett) and outstanding imports (Samantha, Sam and Joline),” said Bird.

She added: “I believe we have achieved that aim with all our players all exceptional in their own right. Finally, I wanted players who were passionate about playing for Mavericks and to lead us in our best efforts to win this year. We cannot wait to get started. Come and watch.”

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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 | colomurray@gmail.com

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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