T&T's track president lauds country's Commonwealth Games performance

By April 16, 2018
Jereem Richards won one of two of T&T's gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. Jereem Richards won one of two of T&T's gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

Ephraim Serette, president of the National Association of Athletic Associations (NAAA) has lauded Trinidad and Tobago’s athletes who performed creditably at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.

 At the Games that concluded on Sunday, T&T won three medals – two gold medals in track and field and a silver medal in the pool.

Michelle Lee Ahye won the women’s 100m dash to become the first-ever Trinidadian woman to win a gold medal at the Games. Meanwhile, Jereem Richards took home gold under controversial circumstances after England’s Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for obstructing Richards as they approached the finish line in the men’s 200m.

During action in the pool, Dylan Carter won the silver in the 50m butterfly. Serette said the athletes have set examples for others to follow.

“I think they were very commendable performances. Michelle Lee, in spite of the circumstances, continues to perform creditably on the global stage. Sixth at the (2016) Olympics, sixth at the final of the (2017) World Championships. She was actually the favourite going into the event,” he said.

“In the case of Jereem, he had a very good season last year and it continues into this year. It augurs well for our future because they are both 24/25 so we have seen the transition. They both would have competed at the Carifta level, which is our junior Olympics in the region and I think it should act as a motivator for the other young athletes to realize that they too can reach their full potential if they do what is required.”

Serette said if he should give any of the two gold medals preference it would probably be Ahye’s because she was the first female from the country to achieve the feat.

Serette also had positive words about his country’s standout swimmer, Carter.

“Actually, I did telephone his father to congratulate him on the achievement, to know that he had that short course season going on in college and then coming in this long course to medal and even going in the other event (100m freestyle) and set a national record (48.60),” he said.

“And he is just 22, so it sends a message to our younger athletes that it can be done,”




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