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Honours for UTT’s sports grads

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
President of University of T&T, Professor Sarim Al-Zubaidy, left, presents top all-round performer and Most outstanding student in the Executive Masters in Sports Management Programme Ian Pritchard with an award at the University of T&T’s (UTT) Academy of Sport annual awards ceremony on November 22, at UTT’s Corinth Campus, St Madeleine

The University of T&T’s Academy of Sport hosted its annual awards ceremony on Wednesday November 22, at UTT’s Corinth Campus, St Madelaine to celebrate the achievements of 2017 cohorts.

Graduating from the University’s Sport Programmes were 20 students of the Certificate in Sport Studies, 28 with the Bachelor in Sports Studies Degree, and 18 from Taught Post-Graduate Degrees in Sport.

This year saw the largest cohort of graduates from the Executive Masters in Sport Management and the International Masters in Sport for Development programmes.

Most outstanding student in the Executive Masters in Sports Management programme Ian Pritchard explained, “It was difficult in terms of time management, to be a working student; but it was an enjoyable journey. The atmosphere created was well-suited for learning and doing the thesis opened my mind to the world of sport and research.

Sport will be better positioned in T&T if we continue onward in information gathering and sharing, which will increase our knowledge base and our capacity.”

Commenting on some of the advantages of pursuing the International Masters in Sport for Development, Shallona Shallowe said, “It was a rewarding experience to be around a diverse group of students and to have great intellectuals for professors. Through pursuing the Masters Degree at UTT and the connections that it afforded, I was able to participate in an internship in South Africa.”

An elated Stefan Dillion who had the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) in this year’s cohort shared his plans for the future: “I intend to utilise my degree to make a positive change in the sport of basketball in T&T, through working with the Federation or via my own entrepreneurial endeavours.”

Congratulations were also extended to the top performers of the Bachelors and Certificate programmes, Jemima Lalchan and Teniel Campbell respectively.

Campbell, the country’s top female cyclist stated, “Altogether, it (UTT’s Certificate in Sports Studies) is a fantastic programme with some awesome lecturers. As a high performance athlete, there is always time management challenges, but overcoming this to top my class is really a phenomenal achievement.

Addressing the gathering, President of UTT, Professor Sarim Al-Zubaidy applauded this year’s awardees and noted that “the Academy of Sport showcased the remarkable talent and potential of students as they are able to hone their athletic and academic abilities to be future sport leaders”. Programme Leader for UTT’s Sport programmes, Dr Kerry Dollaway affirmed, “The Academy is always seeking ways in which to make its course offerings more relevant. Changes in the composition of the Certificate, Bachelors and Masters Degrees are soon to be introduced. In particular, the Master’s Degree, which will soon be called ‘Masters of Science in Kinesiology’.

This programme will be configured to cater to specialisations such as Sport Therapy, Sport Psychology, Sport for Development to name a few.’ In keeping with the views expressed by UTT’s President, Dr Dollaway indicated his intention to make the Academy of Sport “the preferred institution of choice for Sport Studies in the Caribbean and the wider Hemisphere.”

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