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Martin praises Roberts for golfing lifeline
Golfer Ben Martin has come out in praise of Minister of Sport Anil Roberts in assisting him to make his dream of playing professional golf a reality. Martin, the best golfing talent this country has produced since Stephen Ames, is currently battling in England on the pro tour and will be hoping to make the grade soon to the PGA Tour and the European tour. When golfers finish their amateur play and want to pursue the game professionally there is nothing here in Trinidad for them and nothing in place to assist them to step forward. This is the reason that Ames has had to migrate to Canada to seek the necessary assistance to make it to the big times.
However, Roberts has stepped in to ensure that T&T’s best golfing talent get the assistance locally to make their bid for the world stage. Consultant at SPORTT Colin Borde, who served as manager of the West Indies ‘A’ team as well as the T&T team and is now manager of the T&T Red Steel at the upcoming Caribbean Premier League, was approached by the golfers for assistance and immediately got the minister involved. According to Borde: “If is one thing our minister of sport knows sport, has played sport to a good level, has coached at the Olympic level and knows the problems associated with funding in sport and just how difficult it is for athletes coming from small countries to make it big. It was not a hard sell to him at all.”
Martin, as well as Simon Merry, Sachin Kumar and Joshua Galt all received funding to assist them with their bids to bridge the gap between amateur and pro golf. According to Martin: “It is very costly to come out here in England and compete in order to get to the Euro Tour and the PGA. When you take into consideration accommodation, food, travel, tour fees and other miscellaneous items it is very costly. I am very happy that I have gotten assistance from SPORTT and for this I sincerely thank the Minister of Sport Anil Roberts. “Had it not been for the assistance, I don’t know how long my dad would have been able to continue funding my development. I am across here in England and happy to be representing Trinidad and Tobago when I go out there and I want everyone back home to know that every time I step unto the golf course, I give it my best shot.”
SPORTT, according to Borde, is going the extra mile for golf and has brought on sports psychologist Nadine Sammy to work with the national under-15 boys and girls golf team. “The children at this stage need a strong foundation and it is very important that we give them the best possible assistance we could and the SPORTT is on their side, working closely with them.”
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