Dunross, St Joseph’s recognised at TTTF awards
Dunross Preparatory School, and St Joseph’s Convent Port of Spain received awards for topping the multi-sports series primary schools and secondary schools divisions respectively, yesterday, at the Cascadia Hotel in St Ann’s. The event which was hosted by Trinidad and Tobago Triathlon Federation (TTTF) in partnership with Atlantic LNG and other sponsors, was a stepping […]
Dunross Preparatory School, and St Joseph’s Convent Port of Spain received awards for topping the multi-sports series primary schools and secondary schools divisions respectively, yesterday, at the Cascadia Hotel in St Ann’s.
The event which was hosted by Trinidad and Tobago Triathlon Federation (TTTF) in partnership with Atlantic LNG and other sponsors, was a stepping stone towards creating the future top local triathletes according to Atlantic brand officer Anil Seunath.
The award ceremony recognised the efforts of many young triathletes at both the primary and secondary school level at the multi-sports series which had its inaugural year in 2015.
“By the end of that series participation for the event had almost doubled, confirming that we were moving in the right direction,” Seunath said.
“Atlantic continues our commitment to support our young people with initiatives much like our partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago Triathlon Federation, so that we may give them the opportunity to develop discipline, commitment and the perseverance needed to maybe one day wear our red, white and black on the international stage.”
Seunath also indicated that the Ministry of Education was approached to introduce the triathlon as an extra-curricular activity in the nation’s schools, which drives their mandate to develop young athletes forward.
“Our partnership has enabled the nation’s youth to train rigorously,” he said.
Minister of Sport Darryl Smith was on hand to lend a few words of encouragement to the youngsters who had attended. “I want to congratulate you all…I was blown away with the passion that the team (TTTF) has for you all,” he said.
“It is something that all the governing bodies have been mandated to do, to promote these kinds of events at the primary and secondary school and I think they were way above the curve with regards to their plans and programmes.”
The minister also took the opportunity give the audience an idea of future plans for local sport. “You all are in a very lucky time,” he said.
“This government wants to focus on this age group, and with the help of your parents, and the principals, and the teachers, and the coaches, and the federation, I think it’s going to bear a lot of fruit, not just for this sport, but for athletes overall.”
The minister emphasised on his administrations proposed future focus on developing athletes, as opposed to rewarding them after they win medals at major events.
Source: Sean Taylor, Trinidad Express