Trinidad and Tobago sporting individuals and teams are in two-way traffic these days, either heading overseas for competition or returning home.
Tonight the 40-plus team of athletes who represented TT at the weekend’s CAC Championships in Mexico are due back home and we have news of their performances at 8 o’clock.
Meanwhile leaving TT yesterday for Japan were TT members of a World Purple Dragon Martial Arts Team.
The World Team consists of 60 Don Jitsu Ryu practitioners with 17 members of the team from Trinidad and Tobago.
Other World team members hail from Antigua-Barbuda, Cayman Islands, United States and Canada.
TT’s Grand Master, Professor Don Jacob is key figure on the team for their 15-day tour during which they will research martial arts, train and demonstrate the Don Jitsu Ryu fighting style in various cities across Japan.
Professor Jacob is also carded to teach a class at the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, one of the the most prestigious and long established Martial Arts Organisations in Japan.
Shihan Gary Hunt, a 6th Degree Black Belt and Sensei Rachael Sampson, a 4th Degree Black Belt holder, are among TT members.
Meanwhile The Trinidad and Tobago men and women hockey teams are set to depart for Scotland tomorrow in readiness to compete at the Commonwealth Games later this month.
The women’s squad, co-captained by Alanna Lewis and Patricia Wright-Alexis, is considered a fine blend of youth and experience.
Lewis and Wright-Alexis along with long-serving custodian Petal Derry and Candice Ashton, Kwylan Jaggessar and Brittney Hingh are expected to play top hands for TT who are ranked 31st in the world and are grouped in Pool A with Canada (22nd), India (13th), New Zealand (4th) and South Africa (11th).
Pool B consists of defending champions Australia (2nd), England (6th), Scotland (16th), Wales (32nd) and Malaysia (21st).
The men’s squad, coming off of an historic bronze medal at the 2013 Pan American Cup will be led once again by skipper Darren Cowie.
Six players from the bronze medal winning team will not be making the trip due to various reasons including vice captain Dwain Quan Chan.
But T&T’s most capped player, Kwandwane Browne and 2013 player of the year, Mickell Pierre are in the squad.
T&T, ranked 29th in the world, is grouped in Pool B with England (5th), New Zealand (6th), Malaysia (13th) and Canada (16th) while Pool A consists of defending champions Australia (1st), India (9th), South Africa (12th), Scotland (25th) and Wales (31st).
A number of TT junior cricket teams including Queens’s Park Cricket Club headed to Barbados to contest the 27th annual edition of the Sir Garfield Sobers Tournament.
Fatima College, Presentation College, Vishnu Boys Hindu College, Powergen Penal Sports Club, the defending champions are the TT units in the 16-team competition due to bowl off today.