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T&T loses 2 sportsmen to road accidents

Sean Nero and RESHMA RAGOONATH
Published: 
Sunday, March 30, 2014

Both the cycling and cricket fraternities were thrown into mourning with news that former national athlete and coach Clinton Grant and former T&T’s Under-19 cricketer Tevin Robertson died in separate car accidents. According to police reports Grant, who was 42, was pedalling along the Audrey Jeffers Highway heading west with triathlete Rosanne Abraham when they were struck by a vehicle, yesterday morning. Grant was rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Abraham was taken to St Clair Medical Centre, where she had to undergo emergency surgery. Up to news time, she was said to be resting comfortably.

 

Robertson, 19, of Princes Town of Princes Town, died instantly when his white Mazda wagon, PDB 8842, crashed into a wire perimeter fence near the Gasparillo entrance of the Petrotrin oil refinery. Last November, Grant was named coach of the year by the T&T Cycling Federation. Up to the time of his death, Grant was employed with insurance giant Sagicor as a sales representative and was coach of Arima-based Bike Smith Cycling Club. Grant’s entry into the world of competitive cycling at age 16 marked the continuation of a prestigious legacy the Grant family had in the sport. His father Winston Grant, 80, who will celebrate his birthday on April 2, was an official on the Cycling Federation. His uncle Steve Grant and his brother Christian Grant were both national athletes. Grant (Christian), 52, still competed in events for athlete 50 years and over. He said his brother was not married and did not have children, but he had a girlfriend who was traumatised by the day’s events.

Rowena Williams, president of the T&T Cycling Federation, when contacted, said, “I have been on the road all day. I have been up and down trying to make sense of this entire situation. Clinton was a national cyclist, a medallist at the CAC Games and one of our top sprinters in the country. “He was also the coach of Bike Smith Cycling Club. His recent achievement was with Kianna Lester who was a gold medallist last year at the Junior Road Championships. Clinton had a long history with cycling.” Sport Minister Anil Roberts expressed sadness that such a young man could be taken in the prime of this life. “He was a fantastic coach who was already giving back to many young cyclists across T&T. I do not have the details. I have heard things that are disturbing. I have sent out condolences to his family, his friends, his athletes–all those who rode and represented T&T with him. Sometimes you cannot explain or do not understand what life would bring, however, I will like to once again join with the Minister of Transport, the Minister of National Security and all other ministers in urging the population to share the roads, drive defensively, be aware, do not drink and drive, do not text and drive, do not talk on the phone and drive. Focus and make sure that all of us could enjoy the roads safely.”

 

Yesterday, Robertson’s coach Amin Forgenie told the Sunday Guardian that T&T lost a rising cricketing star. “Everyone liked Tevin. He was happy-go-lucky. In 2013, he played for the national cricket team as a left-handed fast bowler and he was on trials with the T&T senior men’s cricket team since 2013. “He was aspiring to the national cricket team. He always had a passion for cricket, a passion for sports,” he said. Police reports state that around 6 am, Robertson was heading north along the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway when he crashed into the fence. Robertson had been heading to his El Dorado apartment.