Lewis still looking for sponsorship
July 16, 2012 · 0 CommentsLaser-class sailor, Andrew Lewis, is in the home stretch of his Olympic preparation for the summer Games in London but he has revealed that he is still seeking financial aid to seal his quest for gold.
“I am currently actively looking for sponsorships to help in my preparation for the games as I still have outstanding commitments to settle. Funding remains a critical issue and we (Lewis’ management) are working hard to raise the necessary finances,” he relayed.
Lewis conveyed gratitude to his current sponsors also but indicated that it was a strenuous process to be a fully-funded sailor heading to the Olympics. He added that he incurred costs in his Olympic quest and its payback process was very consuming, especially as the sport is not the most popular locally.
“Funding is always a challenge. It has been difficult to source for different reasons with one of them being the popularity of my sport. I have received support from the Ministry of Sport as I have been placed on their Elite Athlete programme,” he shared.
He further added, “Several other corporate entities such as Bmobile, Oasis, Diproinduca, Beacon and the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago have also signed on as sponsors for the campaign. I have also received help from other organisations like the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic committee in various ways.”
Lewis urged a unified effort among the sailing boards and the Ministry of Sport in TT to mitigate potential future problems for aspiring sailors domestically.
“There is a lot of work that needs to be done. There has to be a coming together of all the boards and Ministries. It has to be a team effort.
We need to set up more sailing schools and create a sailing circuit on the island. Once we can get everyone in the same room and discuss what needs to happen moving forward I think it will be successful. We live in the Caribbean and have to capitalise on that advantage,” he continued.
Lewis divulged that these measures would be crucial to ensuring future sailors do not endure these financial tribulations. He also indicated that after recent European training sessions and regattas, he felt that he was ready to medal for TT.
Source: Renaldo Matadeen, Newsday
By USPORTT Desk