“Trinidad and Tobago,” I patiently repeated for the second time.
“What?” She frustratingly retorted.
Dylan Carter earned T&T its first medal of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games when he clocked 22.53 to bag a bronze in the 50m freestyle final in Nanjing, China yesterday. China’s Hexin Yu won the gold in a time of 22.00 while Brazillian Matheus Paulo de Santana was second in 22.43.
Carter is the second T&T national to medal at the Youth Olympic Games following Christian Homer’s gold in the 50m backstroke at the inaugural YOG in Singapore four years ago.
Minister of Sport Dr Rupert Griffith extended his congratulations to the young swimmer, who also was the country’s flagbearer at the Games’ Opening Ceremony.
“I am delighted at Dylan’s achievement for T&T and congratulate him and his team for their hard work. I similarly commend the athlete’s sacrifice to train away from home in order to pursue his dreams, which seems to have buoyed the desire to succeed for his country.”
His commitment to the sport has been duly rewarded with a medal at the elite international youth competition.
“I wish Dylan the very best for his remaining events (100m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly) and also wish the rest of the youth contingent in swimming, athletics, sailing and beach volleyball absolute success in their upcoming competitions and that they all equally enjoy the cultural exchanges that are so much a part of the YOG experience.”
Carter also earned praise from the T&T Olympic Committee, which in a release stated: “Dylan’s performance is an inspiration to his teammates and all children, youth and young people who dream of excelling at the highest level of sport and being the best they can be.
The TTOC extends best wishes to Dylan and all the young athletes representing Trinidad and Tobago at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics as they continue to do their personal best in upcoming events.”