For the past year, Andrew Lewis has been in preparation for the 2011 Pan American Games and ultimately his dream of participating in a Summer Olympics—London 2012. Lewis, recently coming off a 32nd place finished at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, an Olympic Test Event, reiterated his intention to take full advantage of his dream to participate at next year’s Olympic Games saying, “I will not be going for silver, and I will not be going for bronze but I will be going for gold.” He made this clear at a press conference held at the T&T Olympic Committee Headquarters in Port of Spain, yesterday. As such, Lewis, coach Fernando “Happy” Alegre (who has been with Lewis for 10 years), financial manager Kairon Serrette and marketing and public relations manager Chantal Ross, a former national swimmer, have set out to make the goal plausible despite the odds being against an emerging athlete in the sport from a country as small as T&T.

Lewis has progressively advanced in his sitting in the world rankings among sailors in the laser category from 340th in December, 2010 to 160th in April and then to his highest ranking of 110th as of July 27 with a total of 1964 points. The points allocations which are required for the advancement in the world rankings has been on the front burner for Lewis. He has taken part in many international regattas including that of the Open Europeans 2011 event held in Helsinki, Finland where he sailed to an impressive 43rd out of 124 entrants participating in the gold fleet and winning an individual race in the process.

Despite his extensive achievements within the recent past and his assistance with financing and public relations from the T&TOC and the University of T&T, Lewis still requires further financial assistance, and thus corporate sponsors are being encouraged to get on board with his journey to the Pan American Games and the Olympics. Coach Alegre is convinced that given the development of the 21-year-old athlete, who features in the laser category together with athletes mostly six and more years his senior and places amongst them; he stands a realistic chance of major development within the coming years.
With similar words, Ken Butcher—executive manager at UTT insisted that with corporate and public assistance, Lewis will only be further encouraged and continue to improve on his journey to become a T&T olympic gold medallist.



With just 170 days to go until the most important sporting event in the American Continent, the Organizing Committee for the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games announced the sale of tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies and for the sports competitions.

The announcement was made at the official Pan American Family hotel, El Presidente Intercontinental, by COPAG executives including General Director Carlos Andrade Garin, Sports and Operations Director Ivar Sisniega Campbell, Marketing Director Horacio de la Vega and Communications Director Federico Torres Lopez, who offered information about the process of acquiring tickets to the Pan American events.

Ivar Sisniega, spoke about the work that the technical sports area has done in conjunction with the marketing department to define the event sessions for which to sell tickets. During the Games, there will 420 sporting sessions of which 203 will be preliminary rounds, 68 will be quarterfinals and 139 will be finals where medal awards ceremonies will take place.

“There will be 1.4m seats available with about 100,000 of those to be distributed to the press, TV production, PASO VIPs, National Olympic Committees as well as for athletes to attend competitions for their own sports. The rest of the tickets, 1,390,000, will be available for sale,” explained Ivar Sisniega.

May 13 is the launch of the public ticket sale through the Games’ official ticketing agency Ticketmaster, online at and by phone (+52 33) 3818-38 00 and (+52 55) 5325-9000. In the official Guadalajara 2011 website (, anyone can register to obtain certain additional benefits toward purchasing tickets.

Starting on July 6, ticket outlets will be installed: 4 in the Guadalajara metropolitan area, 1 in Puerto Vallarta, 2 mobile ticket booths, and shortly after, 13 ticket booths will open at several of the Pan American sports venues.

“Ticketmaster will enforce a limit of 8 tickets per person in order to prevent reselling practices. There will be a special sale for Scotiabank cardholders and for people who register on our internet page up until May 11” added Horacio de la Vega.

The marketing director also announced that ticket pricing will be accessible for the competitions, with $114.00 Mexican pesos being the average price, $450.00 for the most expensive and $20.00 for the least expensive.

For the opening ceremony prices range from $560 to $3,500 Mexican pesos while for the closing ceremony, the prices range from $280 to $2,200 pesos.

“The sale of tickets will be reinforced through several marketing campaigns in the sports venues and nearby areas as well as with spots in the radio, television, print press and in external markets,” informed de le Vega.

Besides individual sales, there will be packages combining several sports and to which a 30 per cent discount will be applied at purchase time. Students and teachers will also get the same level of discount and corporations may purchase group tickets. Incoming visitors will be able to buy packages that would include transportation, hotels and other benefits.

Marketing partners will play a key role in terms of promoting the event as they have several initiatives underway to ensure everyone is part of these events.

Carlos Andrade Garin called for ticket sales to be promoted in order to encourage people to get their tickets from day one of the launch.

“Each day, we feel a little closer to the Pan American Games. We have seen great response by many companies interested in getting tickets. I can almost assure everyone that for the opening ceremony, tickets will run out within a couple of days of the ticket launch,” expressed Andrade Garin.

Committed to Social Causes
The Organizing Committee wants to include everyone in celebrating America’s Fiesta; as such, 10 per cent of the tickets will be set aside for several organizations. COPAG is already processing several requests in order to facilitate tickets to the entities in most need.

The Jalisco Office of Social Assistance as well as the Jalisco Human Development Department have contacted COPAG in order to secure tickets to the competitive events for several of the people that receive support from these agencies.

Carlos Andrade Garin also announced that about 2,153 athletes from the Jalisco selection will have a seat at the opening ceremony since the project originated thanks to the growth and greatness of the state’s athletes.