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July 09, 2020

Lewis: Reinstate Munich Games 400m medallists Matthews, Collett

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July 07, 2020

A sports-base approach is needed to help the youth

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July 07, 2020

CANOC President calls for IOC to rescind life bans issued to athletes 48 years after…

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July 04, 2020

Matthews and Collett Banned From Olympics

MUNICH, West Germany, Sept. 8 — The International Olympic Committee barred today two United States…
July 04, 2020

Vincent Matthews and Wayne Collett: A Most Casual Protest With Most Striking Consequences

They stood there casually, one barefoot, hands on hips, the other in thoughtful repose, right…
July 04, 2020

Athletes Will Be Banned From Protesting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But the Games Have…

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July 04, 2020


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Last Sat­ur­day, I en­gaged in one of my favourite ac­tiv­i­ties - I have many and it's hard to choose one - but no mat­ter how you spin it, the Fa­ti­ma Col­lege Alum­ni Oc­to­ber Food Fest is a must do once var­i­ous oblig­a­tions in­clud­ing the de­mands of the T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee (TTOC) and T&T Com­mon­wealth Games As­so­ci­a­tion al­low me the time and space.

It must be said I am one of those in­di­vid­u­als who re­tain fond mem­o­ries of my school days and Fa­ti­ma Col­lege re­mains high on my list.

So every op­por­tu­ni­ty I get to sup­port the school's ef­forts to de­liv­er­ing a qual­i­ty ex­pe­ri­ence that isn't on­ly fo­cused on ed­u­ca­tion, I jump in head first.

The Food Fest al­so al­lows me the show­case to live out my buck­et list fan­ta­sy of be­ing a Miche­lin star chef. A mix of con­tra­dic­tions con­trived to cre­ate what sym­pa­thet­ic friends de­scribe as a great tast­ing dish.

This year I con­coct­ed a ba­by back pork ribs de­light dubbed Bar­ran­quil­la Baila La Calle. The Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean (CAC) Games was held this year in Bar­ran­quil­la, Colom­bia and Team TTO came home with a bag of medals so fit­ting­ly, I cel­e­brat­ed with an ap­pro­pri­ate­ly named dish.

The Food Fest isn't the on­ly oc­ca­sion I chan­nel su­per chef as­pi­ra­tions, I do the same for the Har­vard Club rug­by team cook-out fund-rais­er.

As with the CAC Games in Bar­ran­quil­la, the Har­vard Club rug­by team had a T&T Rug­by Union (TTR­FU) 15-a-side sea­son to re­mem­ber.

I will, there­fore, have to come up with a name that while it will not dis­re­spect the two long-stand­ing lo­cal rug­by big two clubs, it will ac­knowl­edge the achieve­ments of the Har­vard's rug­by team - the reign­ing na­tion­al cham­pi­ons.

When you look back at fund-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties by sports or­gan­i­sa­tions and oth­er non-prof­it or­gan­i­sa­tions, one will re­call the days of cake sales and car wash and bar-b-que where every sin­gle as­pect of the process was done by club mem­bers and vol­un­teers.

Nowa­days it's cook-outs and boat rides. No mat­ter what the op­tion is tak­en, what still re­mains very much hard work is the ac­tu­al sell­ing of the tick­ets as char­i­ty or non-prof­it fund-rais­ing is very com­pet­i­tive. Peo­ple are spoilt for choic­es.

But in the pre­vail­ing eco­nom­ic cli­mate sports or­gan­i­sa­tions will have lit­tle choice but to find dif­fer­ent ways to gen­er­ate funds. Cook-outs serve a myr­i­ad of pur­pos­es not on­ly fund-rais­ing but im­prov­ing the re­la­tion­ship among team­mates which is a vi­tal so­cial de­vel­op­ment in every­one's grow­ing up.

Ed­i­tor's Note

Bri­an Lewis is the Pres­i­dent of the T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee (TTOC) and the views ex­pressed are not nec­es­sar­i­ly those of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.