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Relay team earn second chance for World Champs
« on: May 11, 2017, 01:53:50 AM »
Relay team earn second chance for World Champs
By JELANI BECKLES (Newsday).


THE TRINIDAD and Tobago women’s 4x100-metre relay team will have another chance to qualify for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England during the National Open Championships next month.

At the IAAF/BTC World Relays in Bahamas last month, the T&T women missed out on a chance to qualify for the World Championships in August. The 4x100m team of Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Khalifa St Fort, Semoy Hackett and Michelle-Lee Ahye did not finish heat one after dropping the baton during one of the exchanges.

The relay team will get the opportunity to qualify when the NGC/ Sagicor NAAA (National Association of Athletics Administrations) National Open Championships are held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo from June 23-25.

Events committee chairman Allan Baboolal said, “As you may have known the 4x1 women are still to qualify for the World Championships and having spoken with our general secretary we have decided to use that (Open Championships) as a relay qualifier. We are going to invite some other countries and have the women participate in an effort to qualify.”

Baboolal was speaking at the NAAA TT Championships launch at Radisson Hotel in Port of Spain, which was held yesterday to give more information regarding the four track and field meets in the month of June. Prior to the National Open Championships, the NGC NAAA National Juvenile Championships will be held on June 3 and 4, followed by the NGC NAAA National Junior Championships on June 10 and 11 and the NACAC (North American, Central American and Caribbean) Age Group Championships on June 17 and 18.

Business development and marketing manager at Sagicor, Lisa Mahabir, said the company is satisfied with the direction track and field is heading in T&T. “Sagicor General has been a proud sponsor of the NAAA for the past 13 years. We are encouraged by the steady growth of the sport, measured by the increased participation annually. These Games mean more than the despatch of a sponsorship cheque for us.” Mahabir added, “Sagicor recognises sports for its ability to fulfil dreams, encourage camaraderie and team spirit, build communities, engender national pride and patriotism, and improve and preserve mental and physical health.

As a result, we invest in sport heavily around the region as part of our commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen.” Manager corporate communications at NGC, Lisa Burkett, said the organisation knows the importance of investing in the next generation of athletes. “We have realised the potential of our young, gifted and determined athletes. It is this potential, once harnessed, that can give our youth alternate opportunities for careers in sport, that can see our athletes being counted among the best in the world.” Burkett explained that NGC’s involvement matches the goals of the company. “The support of track and field in Trinidad and Tobago, I must confess, is also NGC’s passion with a purpose.

A passion to enhance the administration of the sport, a passion to provide an improved environment for athletes who are grizzling with hope.”

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