Boxer Michael Alexander, cyclist Varun Maharajh and nine track and field atheletes including one-time World Youth 100-metre record holder Darrel Brown were yesterday named by the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Sport as recipients of elite athlete funding to the tune of one million fifteen thousand dollars.
Kai Selvon, Shawna Fermin, Geronne Black, Romona Modeste, Rondell Sorillo along with Maharajh and Brown received their fund quotas yesterday while the Ministry of Sport said Richard Thompson, Lalonde Gordon, Zwede Hewitt and Alexander were previous recipients.
Minister of Sport Brent Sancho who took up office ten days ago presided at yesterday’s fund distribution at the Ministry’s downtown Port-of-Spain office.
Funds disbursed to the seven athletes yesterday were said too have totalled $397, 500.
The communique from the Ministry of Sport outlined the pathways to the provision and also the suspension of funding with the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee serving as the last line of linkage between the fund-seeking athlete and the Ministry of Sport.
The funds help approved athletes to meet expenses for competition which include
coaching fees, Nutritional and medical supplies, Travel expenses for training, Travel expenses for sanctioned competitions and pre-games tours, Accommodation for training and Professional services [like for example physiotherapy, medical treatment];
The athletes all have the Pan Am Games and World Championships to contest this year ahead of next year’s Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Athlete are also required to provide details of information on sponsorship or other financial support, a listing of training facility (ies) to be used, duration of usage and facility user fee as well as details on the athlete’s Technical Team inclusive of mailing and email addresses and contact numbers for the Coach, Trainer, Nutritionist, Psychologist, Therapist and others.
In addition, copies of the Technical Team members’ supporting credentials (both hard and soft copies) are among the requirements.
It is also mandatory verification of their Professional Status.
The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee serves as the last line of linkage between the fund-seeking athlete and the Ministry of Sport. Once the athletes’ application meets the criteria laid out, the funds are disbursed directly to the athlete.