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Sport Ministry top in T&T says Roberts

Saturday, December 21, 2013
Sport legend Laura Pierre, left with powerlifter Carlos Greene and Shanntol Ince, double gold medal winner at the 2013 Youth Para Pan American Games. Photos: Sean Nero

Sport Minister Anil Roberts has declared his ministry as the best performing agency in T&T. 


He did not indicate if and when a survey was done or the criteria used to determine this ranking, but the announcement certainly energised his staff.


Delivering yuletide greetings at the ministry’s Christmas dinner and awards ceremony held at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya, on Wednesday, he said, “We are the best team, the best ministry performing across the board in T&T and it’s all because of you. Each and every one of you! Whether it is the projects that are rolled out: the National Aquatic Centre, the five regional centres, the 52 pavilions across the country, the rural programmes, the Women In Sport, the coaching programmes, (and) the SDOs (sport development officers), across the board. Between the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company–because of this team–we are now the number-one performing organisation in T&T.


“On top of that, the people who we serve are doing better. We won one Olympic gold medal, three bronze medals, one World Championship gold, one World Championship bronze, a junior silver medal, Pan Am bronze.


“Four gold medals in the Paraplegic Games from Shanntol Ince! Unbelievable performances across the board, because each individual is performing. So I don’t have to perform no more!”


Roberts took on detractors of the Life Sports programme, who he said held the position that the ministry should not spend money on those individuals who dropped out of school or chose a life crime.


He said: “I think differently. I think its money well spent! Not because they make mistakes in life, we must throw them away. Everyone is a citizen of the Republic.”


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