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Cougars go for glory in Barbados
Seven-time Juvenile Club champion, Cougars Track and Field Club, will be heading to Barbados to defend its title at the Barbados Relay Fair on Saturday.
Cougars, which has been in existence for nine years, is the first athletic club from T&T ever to travel to participate in an international meet.
Cougars Track and Field Club is seen as one of the Premier Track and Field Institutions for Development at the Junior level and has already shown the benefit of their skill and instruction by winning the National Association for Athletic Administrations (NAAA) Juvenile Championships for the past seven years from 2011 to 2017.
The 'Green Machine' as the club is fondly called has had several of its young athletes already securing spots on Junior Carifta and national teams over the years.
The Cougars Club last weekend held an intensive training camp at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, foregoing the festivities, for a chance to whip their Barbadian counterparts in the upcoming competition.
Head coach Kelvin Nancoo said, "This is a good venture for the club and athletes. The exposure is needed and we are certain to stand up proudly on Saturday. I expect after the camp that we will do very well in Barbados, if not win the championship again. Our athletes have done well and coaches Rawle Phillips and Ashton Gill are very happy with their preparation.
"All systems are on go and with a good flight and some luck we will do T&T proud. I wish to thank the Ministry of Sport for ensuring that our camp and our tour will be a very productive experience.
"I wish to thank Atlantic, the National Lotteries Control Board, Nestle and First Citizens Banks for their role in ensuring the success of our team."
Nancoo shared that at the Cougars Club, the focus is on developing the whole athlete.
"Some of our national athletes participating include Recardo Prescott, Jaden St Louis, Joanna Rogers, Caliyah Wallace, Ethan Forde, Janika Jordan, Jorvan Westfield and the 14 year-old champion Shaniqua Bascombe," said Nancoo.
The club will be travelling with 65 athletes and four coaches, a physiotherapist and four chaperones. In addition, there will be 36 cheering parents to ensure a very active support at the Relay Fair.
The young Cougars athletes are looking to making T&T proud once again and haves already sounded a warning saying to their opponents: "Are they Ready, Are they Ready for Us?"
Time alone will tell.
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