The Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) held their awards for the years 2012 and 2013 at the Cascadia Hotel, St Ann’s, on Tuesday.

George Bovell won the Male Athlete of the Year for the two years while ASATT president Joseph Mc Leod was named Coach of the Year for back-to-back years also.
Bovell’s standout feat was his FINA World Swimming Championships bronze medal in the Men’s 50m freestyle in Barcelona in 2013.
And Tidal Wave Aquatics also earned titles in two consecutive years when they copped the Club of the Year award for 2012 and 2013.
Dylan Carter was named top 15-17 for both years also with his FINA World Youth Swimming Championship silver medal achievement in the Men’s 50m butterfly in Dubai being the highlight of his achievements for 2013.
Mc Leod asked for members to unite to move the sport forward going into 2015 and beyond.
The ASATT will bring its awards up to date when they  host their award ceremonies for 2014 and 2015 collectively next year.
ASATT Awardees for 2012 and 2013

8 & Under Girls
Naomi Patterson  -  2 Bronze Medals at the Goodwill Games.

8 & Under Boys
Daniel Jesurum   -  2 Gold and 2 Bronze Medals at the Goodwill Games

9 - 10 Girls
Vrisnelit Faure - 2 Gold Medals 1 Silver Medal and 3 Bronze Medals at the Goodwill Games.

9 - 10 Boys
Gabriel Bynoe - 5 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals at the Goodwill Games.

11 - 12 Girls
Amira Pilgrim - 2 Gold Medals and 1 Bronze Medal at the Carifta Games.
1 Gold , 1 Silver and 1 Bronze at the CISC Games

11 - 12 Boys
Dario Omiss - 2 Bronze Medals at the Carifta Games. 2 Bronze Medals at the CISC Games.
13 - 14 Girls
Tyla Martin - 7 Gold Medals at the Carifta Games. 1st Overall.

13 - 14 Boys
Jabari Baptiste - 4 Gold Medals, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal at the Carifta Games. 4 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals at the CISC Games.
He was 1st Overall at Both Games.

15 - 17 Girls
Kimberlee John Williams - 1 Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals at the Carifta Games. 3 Gold Meldals and 2 Silver Medals at the CISC Games. She was 1st Overall at the CISC Games.

15 - 17 Boys
Dylan Carter - 4 Gold Medals and 4 Silver Medals at the Carifta Games. 1st Ovwerall. 3 Gold and 1 Bronze at the CISC Games.

18 & Over Male
Sharntelle Mclean - 2 Gold Medals and 3 Silver Medals at the CISC Games.

18 & Over Male
George Bovell  - 7th in Olympics
Water Polo:

Top Achiever Boys 18 & Under 2012: Russell Ferreira.

Female Athlete of the year Sharntelle Mclean
Male Athlete of the year George Bovell 111.
Coach of the Year Joseph Mcleod
Club of the year Tidal Wave Aquatics.

8 & Under Girls
Zoe Anthony - 1 Gold Medal & 5 Silver Medals at the Goodwill Games. She was also 1st Overall.

8 & Under Boys
Riquelio Joseph - 1 Gold Medal and 1 Silver Medal at the Goodwill Games. He placed 3rd Overall.

9 - 10 Girls
Jahmia Harley - 6 Silver Medal and 2 Bronze Medals at the Goodwill Games. She was 3rd Overall.

9 - 10 Boys
Aqeel Joseph - 5 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals at the Goodwill Games. He placed 2nd Overall.
11 - 12 Girls
Jada Chai - 1 Gold Medal, 1 Silver Medal and 1 Bronze Medal at the Carifta Games.

11 - 12 Boys
Kael Yorke - 1 Gold Medal, 1 Silver Medal and 1 Bronze Medal at the Carifta Games. 1 Gold Medal,                                                                                                 1 Silver Medal and 1 Bronze Medal at the CCCAN  Games.

13 - 14 Girls
Amira Pilgrim - 1 Gold Medal and 1 Silver Medal at the Carifta Games. 1 Bronze Medal at the CCCAN Games.

13 - 14 Boys
Adrian Goin - 2 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal at the Carifta Games.

15 - 17 Girls
Kristin Julien - Performance at World Youth Games.

15 - 17 Boys
Dylan Carter - 3 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal at the Carifta Games. 1 Silver Medal at the World Youth Games.

18 & Over Women
Cherelle Thompson - 1 Gold Medal and 1 Bronze Medal at the CCCAN Games.

18 & Over Men
George Bovell  - 1 Bronze at the World Championships.

Water Polo:

Top Achiever Boys 18 & Under 2013 Sebastien Van Reeken

Top Achiever Boys 15 & Under 2013: Leon Daniel

Female Athlete of the Year: Kristin Julien

Male Athlete of the Year: George Bovell

Coach of the Year: Joseph Mcleod

Club of the Year: Tidal Wave Aquatics.

….First Caribbean athlete to win collegiate’s top track & field honour

PHOENIX - An undefeated season and a pair of national championship titles in the 400 metres earned Texas A&M sprinter Deon Lendore a prestigious honour in track and field as he was named the 2014 winner of The Bowerman Award during a ceremony held Wednesday evening at the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association convention.

“It’s a tremendous recognition for a great athlete,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “It was a tough competition and to be chosen as the top athlete is a huge award. Deon is very deserving of this honour and we are glad we have him for another year.”

It’s the second Bowerman honour for the Aggie track and field programme as Texas A&M joins Oregon as the only schools to have a male and female recipient of the award. Aggie sprinter Jessica Beard claimed the women’s 2011 Bowerman Award.

“I’m thankful for being chosen as the winner of the 2014 Bowerman,” said Lendore. “I’d like to thank God for giving me the talent and I’d also like to thank the board for selecting me.

“At first it didn’t kick in that it was me when he said quarter-miler. Then when he said Deon, I knew it was me. It was nerve-racking waiting for an announcement.”

Finalists for the men’s Bowerman, which honours the most outstanding collegiate track and field athlete, included a pair of distance runners in Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Oregon’s Edward Cheserek.

“I was a bit nervous since distance runners can run different events and they’re able to rack up more titles,” stated Lendore. “Running other relays besides the 4x400 was a good decision for me. It was a good choice to run the 4x100 and 4x200 so I could add something to my achievements and my resume.”

Henry noted: “Having him run the 4x100 enabled him to improve his 400 with the training we do for the shorter relay. The success we had in all of relays this season aided Deon when they looked at his overall performances in addition to his individual success this year.”

Laura Roesler of Oregon won the women’s Bowerman amid a field of finalists that included Courtney Okolo of Texas and Arkansas State’s Sharika Nelvis.

Lendore and Roesler both won the fan vote during the summer which earned each athlete one vote in the overall process.

“Even winning the fan vote during the summer I knew it was only one portion of the voting process,” said Lendore. “So it was special to hear my name called out as the Bowerman winner. This is the icing on cake with the junior season I had. Winning the Bowerman is a good way to cap off the 2014 season.”

Lendore went undefeated through 14 races at 400 metres this year, sweeping SEC and NCAA titles in the event as he produced some of the fastest times ever run by a collegian in the open 400 as well as on 4x400 relay legs.

The native of Trinidad & Tobago set a national record indoors with his A&M school record of 45.03 at the SEC Indoor Championships, which is fourth fastest ever by a collegian indoors and sixth best on the world all-time list.

When Lendore won his first individual national title at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March his time of 45.21 was the second fastest winning mark in the history of the meet.

Outdoors, he moved to No ten on the all-time collegiate list with a 44.36 clocking to win the SEC Outdoor title. The 44.36, which broke a 45-year-old Aggie record set by Curtis Mills, was the fourth fastest time in the world for the 2014 season. Lendore posted a 45.02 to become the first A&M winner of the NCAA Outdoor 400m title since Mills won in 1969.

Accomplishments during Lendore’s junior campaign included five SEC titles and three NCAA championships as he added three SEC relay titles and one NCAA relay title to his individual championship races.

In completing a third sweep of indoor and outdoor conference 400m titles, Lendore also achieved a third set of 4x400 relay titles. He is a perfect 13 for 13 in conference races over his career, which includes six races in the 400, six in the 4x400, and once in the 4x100.

In relay action Lendore anchored four A&M school record performances in the 4x100 (38.30), 4x200 (1:20.29), 4x400 indoor (3:03.20) and 4x400 outdoor (2:59.60).

The indoor 4x400 effort at the SEC Championships was a collegiate indoor record as Lendore’s split of 44.63 seconds, the fastest ever recorded by a collegian indoors, secured the victory. Lendore supplied the Aggies with a split of 44.10 seconds in the 4x400 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as A&M claimed the win and just missed the collegiate record by 0.01 of a second with a 2:59.60, the second fastest collegiate time ever run.


Lewis Hamilton defied the heavy favouritism bestowed on Rory McIlroy, as the Formula One world champion won the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award in Glasgow on Sunday evening.

With minutes to go before the winner was announced, McIlroy was heavily favoured to become the first golfer in 25 years to lift the trophy. Instead, Hamilton prevailed with 209, 920 telephone votes from 620,932 cast, with the golfer edged into second place on 123, 745. Athlete Jo Pavey, a source of inspiration to many on account of distance running heroics, took third on 99,931 votes.

Hamilton, who later admitted he would have voted for McIlroy were he watching at home, seemed slightly shocked when addressing the 12,000 crowd at the SSE Hydro arena. “I really wasn’t expecting that,” he said, “especially as I was watching all of the videos during the awards. We are really talking about some of the great sportspeople of our time.

“I am really, really taken aback. I am overwhelmed and feel so honoured. I have an amazing following but you never know how well you are appreciated throughout the whole of the UK. I would have been proud just to be amongst these people, who have done such amazing things.

“When I was growing up in Stevenage, of course I wanted to be a racing driver and be the best in the world but I didn’t ever contemplate all the people who would support or follow me. I just wanted to be the best.”

Damon Hill, in 1996, was the last Formula One driver to win the BBC title.

McIlroy was gracious in defeat, despite being entitled to feel disappointed. This was a year in which the 25-year-old claimed two major championships and surged back to the top of the world rankings.

“Lewis has had a fantastic year so I have no complaints,” said the Northern Irishman. “This was his second world championship and he dominated the F1 season.

“I had a lot of support out there. To finish second is still a great achievement. Hopefully if I can achieve just as much next year, if not more, I can go one better.”

McIlroy’s fellow golfer Ian Poulter took to Twitter to suggest it was ridiculous that McIlroy was upstaged by Hamilton.

Golf was represented among the winners, though. Paul McGinley, who masterminded Europe’s comprehensive success over the United States at the Ryder Cup, was presented with the coach of the year award. The Irishman paid special tribute “first and foremost to the people of Scotland” for their backing of the European cause at Gleneagles.

McGinley added: “It was very much a team effort, I had a lot of people in place to help me. It has been a wonderful time in my life. People are very gracious, they say lovely things. What has pleased me most is seeing the pride they have.”

The England women’s rugby union team, who claimed the World Cup with a victory over Canada in Paris, was named as the team of the year. Their captain, Katy McLean, hailed this recognition as “a massive turning point for women’s sport”.

Former cyclist Sir Chris Hoy was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Prince Harry and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo appeared via recorded video message after being named as the overseas sports personality of the year.

“This really is incredibly special to me,” said Hoy. “I thought my days of getting emotional were over when I retired but it’s impossible not to be when you hear such special words. I feel like the luckiest guy around, I can’t believe I was able to do what I love for so many years.

“I looked at some of the names who have won this trophy before me, Seve Ballesteros, Pele, Martina Navratilova. To have my name beside them is quite surreal.”


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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has announced a profit of $1,629,077 from the December 2 FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup Play Off contest between the “Women Soca Warriors” and Ecuador at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.

The TTFA set ticket prices at TT$200 (covered stands) and TT$100 (uncovered stands) for the affair, which was a record for a women’s match. But, despite some initial criticism, there was a final attendance of 20,071 at the venue, which can seat a maximum of 22,000 persons.

According to the TTFA’s financial statement for the match, which was the first one given to the media in two years under current football president Raymond Tim Kee, the football body sold 3,381 of a possible 6,000 tickets for the covered stands while another 11,309 tickets were sold for uncovered from a possible 16,000.

The TTFA gave away 3,881 complimentary tickets while there were 851 group tickets sold. Six hundred and fifty one patrons were said to have entered an unmanned gate without ticket scanner verification.

There was no figure for the number of children’s tickets given out for uncovered stands, which were free.

The football body declared revenue from ticket sales of TT$1,975,180. A full stadium without complimentary tickets, at the prices set for the decisive women’s match, could have grossed a possible TT$2.8 million.

The TTFA also declared income from perimeter boards (TT$56,000), merchandise (TT$15,160), broadcast (TT$15,000) and sport tourism (TT$100,000). There was no explanation as to how the football body received money from “sport tourism.”

In the expenditure column, match fees and stipend for the still unpaid women’s team was given as TT$238,080 while the next biggest line items were $115,133 for security and safety and TT$50,433 for the printing and scanning of match tickets.

Incidentally, the perimeter boards were written as expense too at a cost of TT$35,300, which suggested that the TTFA made a net profit of just TT$20,700 from the billboards. (See below for full breakdown of expenses provided by the TTFA).

TTFA Press Statement:

The FIFA Intercontinental Playoff Match featuring Trinidad and Tobago vs Ecuador was a resounding success in that it brought together various stakeholders to create a memorable outing for all who participated.

The TTFA was successful in establishing partnerships with the Ministry of Sport and The Sports Company to provide resources and support for the women’s national team, including a 7 day camp, full technical staff, pre-camp strength and conditioning program, transportation services, unfettered access to the national stadium, and medical support.

Other state stakeholders included the National Operations Centre, Ministry of National Security, Tourism Development Company, PTSC, CNMG, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Office of the Prime Minister.

Among the commercial partners who served vital roles were; Lifestyle Motors, Gatorade, Blue Waters, Miscellaneous Marketing, DirecTV, Toyota of Trinidad and Tobago, First Citizens Bank, Trotters, All Out, Kenny’s Sports, The Fan Club, Econo Mart, Heritage Sports of Tobago, Ramsinghs Sports, Sportway,, 105 fm, 102 fm, Talk City 91.1, and i95.5 FM.

In many ways, the match was a celebration of the growth and development of not only women’s football but also the progress made by the TTFA over the last two years, T&T football’s road back to national and international relevance would not have been possible without the support of the football family of Trinidad and Tobago beginning with the office staff of the TTFA, Regional Associations, members of the TTFA Executive Committee, Local Organizing Committee, various local, regional, and national leagues, and of course, the people whom the TTFA work tirelessly to support; the coaches and players of our national team programs, especially our Women Soca Warriors.

Most of all, the TTFA would like to thank our faithful and most loyal supporters as well as new fans of women’s football who all showed up as the 12th Warrior; THANK YOU.

This is just the beginning of a new era for women’s football. The TTFA is committed to applying a significant part of the earnings from this event towards the development of women’s football. Specific details on our plans will be relayed in due course once we have completed discussions with relevant technical personnel and approved by the TTFA Executive Committee.

The TTFA is excited at the prospects.

TTFA Income and Expenditure Statement:


Ticket Sales: $1,975,180

Perimeter Boards: $56,000

Broadcast: $15,000

Sports Tourism: $100,000

Merchandise: $15,160

Total Income: $2,161,340


Advertising-Signboards and Perimeter boards: $35,300

Airfare-Player: $3,347

Ambulance and medical services: $6,980

Catering-Team training: $24,707

Catering-Match Officials: $10,169

Group Accident Insurance: $2,660

Gate Attendant services: $1,500

Hotel Accommodation-FIFA Referees: $30,000

Match fees and stipend-TT Women’s team: $238,080

Motor Vehicle Rental: $3,105

Printing and Scanning-Match Tickets: $50,433

Security and Safety: $115,133

Sound System: $5,000

Uniforms (Polo and T-Shirts for Staff and Ball Kids): $5,200

Tokens: $650

Total Expenses: $532,264

NET SURPLUS/ (DEFICIT): $1,629,077


PARAGON REPRESENTATIVES Akim Toussaint and Alanna Lewis were presented as the top male and female national hockey players for the preceding year at the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board’s (TTHB) annual award function which was staged at the VIP Lounge, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo yesterday.

With these accolades, the pair was automatically approved to serve as nominees at this year’s First Citizens Sport Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, scheduled for early 2015. Also named among the nation’s top-five hockey players, Toussaint and Lewis were elated with their rewards.

Toussaint was named from a group of Male Players of the Year nominees (national team captain Darren Cowie, Solomon Eccles, Aiden De Gannes and Shaquille Daniel) while Lewis topped the field ahead of Female Players of the Year nominees Patricia Wright Alexis, Brianna Govia, Kyla Brathwaite and Petal Derry.

Paragon were also in winning ways once more as they were adjudged as the best Female Team of the Year backed by Queen’s Park Cricket Club, who bagged the male equivalent.

The Male Youth Player was awarded to Courts Malvern athlete Tariq Marcano while the female equivalent was presented to Govia of Shandy Carib Magnolias. The most decorated goalkeepers of 2014 was delivered to Derry (female) and Andre Rocke (male).

Attending yesterday’s auspicious presentation was TTHB president Douglas Camacho, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) Brian Lewis, Minister of National Security and this year’s Queen’s Park Veteran Division top-scorer Gary Griffith, 2013 World Championships 400-metre hurdles gold medallist Jehue Gordon, other officials of the national hockey fraternity, players, sponsor representatives and other enthusiasts of the blooming sport.

Highlighting TT’s achievements for the preceding year was both the men and women’s strong team performances at round one of the World League Tournament. Both enter the coming season anticipating the second round of competition which kicks off for the males in USA (March) and the females in Uruguay (February). They are also preparing for the Pan American Championships next year.

In his feature address, Gordon, who also plays hockey occasionally, urged the young members of the fraternity to continue pressing ahead towards achieving their competitive and personal goals.

“Continue the fight with a sense of passion,” said Gordon. “You are all heading in the right direction. Stay true to yourself and failure is not an option. Believe in a supreme being, be humble and align yourselves with the right people. To the staff, these players continuously need your support because they are all sport ambassadors for Trinidad and Tobago.”

Additionally, Camacho congratulated all the players and officials especially for producing another highly successful year. He lauded the works of advancing local umpires who put themselves on the line to ensure equality and fairness during matches.

“Our umpires have been called to serve on several international boards and global tournaments which shows their hard work and dedication. Our coaches have been contacted to officiate as well and this is a great step for us as a national unit. Our domestic league has helped us achieve so many things over the years and we will continue to grow in fruition,” said Camacho.