New Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister-Elect Dr Keith Rowley last night referenced the likelihood of a citizen in the jubilant PNM crowd at Baliser House being an Olympic athlete, one who would make the country proud – this in his speech as leader of the PNM party that won yesterday’s General Elections.
Dr Rowley who will be sworn in later this morning as Prime Minister replacing Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar made the reference as he highlighted the talent (sporting and otherwise) that resides in the country of which he becomes new Head of its governance.
Dr Rowley’s impassioned speech may have been missed “live” by at least four Trinidad and Tobago teenagers who are representing the nation at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games underway this past Saturday and ending this Saturday in the beautiful South Pacific island-nation of Samoa.
And Shot putter Akidah Briggs bids to save face for two-athlete strong Trinidad and Tobago at the Games while swimmers Jeron Thompson, 15, and Amira Pilgrim, 16, also have a mind-set of improving the quality of their two-pronged challenge in the pool.
17-year-old sprinter Akanni Hislop is the other athlete representing Trinidad and Tobago at the Games which are for athletes under 18 years.
Hislop has had little or no good fortune at the Games so far – he was injured out of the semifinal of the 100 metres and was disqualified for being the false starter in his Heat for the 200 metres,
Hislop was second in his Heat in a time of 10.72 seconds which was the seventh fastest time of the 29 boys in the sprint.
Briggs goes into action tomorrow. Swimmer Pilgrim clocked 28.56 seconds in the B Final of the 50-metre Butterfly after being fifth in the preliminary round and not making it to the A final. Pilgrim has also qualified for the 100-metre freestyle B Final after being 12thbest on pre-final time.
Thompson meanwhile won his 50-metre B Final and after being the ninth best-timed youth earlier. He was disqualified for a rule violation in in the preliminary round of the 100-metre breast-stroke and he returns for the 50-metre Backstroke B final .