Scores of secondary school students from across Trinidad and Tobago gathered recently at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago to participate in the Secondary Schools’ National Track and Field Championships, hosted by The Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools’ Track and Field Association (TTSSTFA) and sponsored by The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC).
According to Joseph Brewster, President of the TTSSTFA, “This championship has been the stepping stone for many of our current Olympians, for example, Keshorn Walcott, Michelle Lee Ahye, Jehue Gordon, and Machel Cedenio… the growth and attractiveness of our championships is evident in the number of schools and students that participate on an annual basis. Indeed, over 8000 athletes from over 130 secondary schools participate in zonal qualifiers with an average of 1200 students from 115 schools qualifying for the finals.”
NGC saw this secondary schools’ track and field meet as a prime opportunity to continue to identify and develop those young persons with podium potential. Sport has been an axis of NGC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme since its inception, because of the clear value it adds to society. Not only does sport profit individuals and bring communities together, but the success of the athlete and associated international recognition raises the profile of the sport as well as the nation.