SOTT Bocce Team continued to medal on Day 3 of competition as Colin Duncan and Kerry James from the sister isle both won silver medals in Bocce Singles Competition at the LA Convention Centre, as part of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.
Special Olympics (SO) Canada rebounded today to better SOTT. In his medal round, Colin Duncan lost 5:7 to Lynden Hicks of SO Canada. While Kerry James lost 3:11 to Chad Conlon also of SO Canada. Ronan Dominique lost in the earlier rounds to Juan Duriat of Venezuela. Wednesday will see the female Bocce players Beverly Adams, Renee Massiah and Alicia Khan in action in Singles Competition.
The SOTT football team, was again successful in “7-a-side” competition against Caribbean neighbours Barbados winning by a 2:1 margin. SOTT will play Hong Kong on Wednesday.
In Aquatics, Shania Surujbally won a Bronze Medal in her 50m Freestyle to improve on her earlier 4th Place Ribbon in the 50m Breaststroke. Her time of 46:34 bettered her 47:14 in her preliminary swim.
The biggest haul of medals though came from Powerlifting, where Nicholas Mc Knight brought home a silver and three bronze medals in the 66 Kg Weight Class competition. Nicholas won Silver in the Bench Press with 67.5 kg, Bronze in the Squat (65.5 kg); Dead Lift (105 Kg); and Combine Lifts (240 Kg)
Competition continues at the various venues in the sports of Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Equestrian, Football, Powerlifting and Volleyball.Digicel and Digicel Foundation representatives are also in LA to support the athletes. The Digicel Foundation is the main local corporate sponsor of the Special Olympics of Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT). The Foundation also extends its funding to SOTT for programmes that develop the athletes and coaches and other activities that promote inclusion and raise awareness in support of persons with special needs.
Trinidad and Tobago’s National Under 20 Women’s team pulled off their second straight win in convincing fashion as they topped Dominica 6-0 at Victoria Park in St Vincent/Grenadines on Tuesday evening.
The win meant that T&T topped their opening group of the Caribbean Football Union World qualifiers and moved on step closer to the CONCACAF Final round in Honduras later this year. They will now enter the CFU Final round in Haiti in October from which the top three teams will advance to the CONCACAF Finals. The best three finishers will then move on to the 2016 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup in in Papua New Guinea.
T&T got goals from US-based player Maya Matouk (15', 29') Shauna Lee Govia (21'), Chelcy Ralph (40') Corel Carmichael (72') and Zoe Swift in the 81'.
Head coach Jason Spence said preparation was the key to the team’s strong showing against their Caribbean opponents.
“Today's performance was just a reflection of our preparations going into the game,” Spence told TTFA Media.
“We scored in the first twenty minutes and closed the game in the first half with a 4-0 lead which is what we set out to do. The team was asked to manage the game and stick to game plan with emphasis now on higher possession and this was done quite well,” he added.
“The team was very relaxed but serious and focused as no celebrating was allowed until the job was complete by winning both games and topping the group. This was achieved and in true Trini style they enjoyed a good celebration afterwards.”
“Maya Matouk was simply amazing in this game. She scored two goals to give us a cushion. A clean sheet again was a reflection of what was rehearsed as I drilled it to our defenders that defence wins championships and today's game heavily relied on their performance. All in all, it was a very good team performance and we are pleased to have got it right in the first phase of the campaign,” said Spence who thanked his team staff, the support of the TTFA, and the family members of the players for its support leading up to the tournament.
Former T&T defender Dennis Lawrence believes there is still a market for local players in the United Kingdom despite the decline of players from this country in the Leagues there over the past few years.
Lawrence is currently getting ready for the English Premiership season as assistant coach of Everton and is focusing on helping the club better their 11th place finish of last season.
The former Soca Warriors defender urged the current squad to continue striving towards greater success, particularly with the 2018 World Cup qualifiers approaching.
Lawrence scored the goal that put Trinidad and Tobago into the 2006 World Cup with victory against Bahrain in November 2005.