Her community might be considered a hotspot, but the only heat for Candice Guerero comes out on a netball court.
Guerero, 29, was born and raised in Embacadere in San Fernando and has been a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Netball team for the past ten years.
Her career started when she tried out for the national under-21 team at age 19 and was immediately drafted to the senior team.
“I think that I had produced the amount of talent that you would require for the national team,” she said.
She started playing the sport at the primary school level and credits her community for developing her skills.
“I played everything, it didn’t matter if it was school time or not, we were outside on this baskeball court (Embacadere basketball court) playing basketball, playing football, playing rounders, you name it; we running, we doing everything, and I think that had a lot to do with my development skills wise.”
Guerero comes from a family of athletes; her sister was a national basketballer.
After secondary school, she got a netball scholarship to The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) where she was made to attend national training.
After making the national team she applied to the Fire Service in 2016 but only got a call four years later and was successful. Now she represents both her place of work and her country on the court.
Her schedule becomes hectic at times having to train three times a week for the national team while being fully employed. The time off is afforded to her, though.
Her sporting success as a daughter of the San Fernando soil also follows internationally recognised names such as Golfer Stephen Ames, Olympic Gold Medallist Hasely Crawford, and Long-distance runner Manny Ramjohn.
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Guerero as her address has put her in uncomfortable situations at times.
“Pretty much you go anywhere and apply for a job they may have labelled you immediately because of persons that may have committed some kind of something before. I think that was the hardest part of coming out of Embacadere, but again, you can’t just judge a book by its cover. Not everybody would be the same because of an area.”
And Candice Guerero is no doubt a living example.