altSoca Warriors senior team midfielder Kevin Molino is one of five players with senior team experience named in an 18-man Olympic (Under-23) squad by coach Angus Eve which will leave on Saturday to participate in the 16th Pan American Games. The two-week event takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from October 14 to 30. T&T received an invitation from the organisers as a replacement for Guatemala which was withdrawn by the country’s Olympic committee for non-compliance with protocol.

Panama and Honduras, which finished behind Guatemala and ahead of T&T in the final rankings of the Concacaf Under-20 Championship in April, declined invitations to fill the vacancy in the eight-team competition, set for October 19-28. T&T is in Group A along with Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay and will face Uruguay in their opening game on October 19 at the Estadio Omnilife.

In addition to the USA-based Molino,  W Connection duo Joevin Jones and Shahdon Winchester as well as Caledonia AIA striker Jamal Gay have all represented the senior national team. The Pan Am Games is expected to serve as ideal preparations for the Caribbean Football Union 2012 Olympic qualifying final round in St Kitts/Nevis involving Cuba and Suriname from November 24 to 28. Eve will be assisted by former national defender Derek King while  Norris Ferguson is the team manager.

T&T squad

Andre Marchan, Zane Coker, Sheldon Bateau, Mekeil Williams, Joevin Jones, Shahdon Winchester, Trevin Caesar, Aquil Selby, Leslie Joel Russell, Jamal Gay, Jayson Joseph, Marcus Joseph, Kevin Molino, Jeromie Williams, Kareem Moses, Kaydion Gabriel, Micah Lewis, Cameron Roget.


altT&T senior women’s football team will come up against FIFA World Cup participants Colombia on the  opening day of the soccer competition at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 11.

The match will be played on the artificial surface at the two-year-old, 50,000 capacity Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico, home to top Mexican club, Chivas de Guadalajara. Defending women’s champion Brazil, a World Cup semifinalist, opens against Argentina, while Canada will play Costa Rica and Mexico faces Chile.

T&T will also face Mexico and Chile in Group A while Group B consists of Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Costa Rica. The top two teams in each of the four-team groups will advance to the semifinals, on October 25 with the finals (championship and bronze-medal match) two days later. Currently, the T&T squad under coach Richard Hood is in training at both the University of the West Indies Ground, St Augustine (Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays); and Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Wednesdays from 4 pm.


T&T women’s team in training: Maylee Attin-Johnson, Tiana Bateau, Danielle Blaire, Kennya Cordner, Candace Edwards, Karyn Forbes, Kimika Forbes, Janine Francois, Nadia James, Anastasia Prescott, Tasha St Louis, Arin King, Victoria Swift, Khadidra Debesette, Tamar Watson, Shalette Alexander, Lauryn Hutchinson, Keri Meyers, Dernelle Mascall

Ahkeela Mollon, Rhea Belgrave.

Technical staff: Richard Hood (coach), Vernetta Flanders (manager), Chris Bailey (assistant coach), Glennon Foncette (goalkeeper coach), Claire George (equipment manager), Nicole Kistow (physiotherapist).


Group A: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and T&T

Group B: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica


October 18:

Canada vs Costa Rica, 11 am

Colombia vs T&T, 2 pm

Argentina vs Brazil, 5 pm

Mexico vs Chile, 9 pm

October 20:

Canada vs Argentina, 10 am

Chile vs Colombia, 1 pm

Brazil vs Costa Rica, 5 pm

Mexico vs T&T, 8 pm

October 21:

Brazil vs Canada, 8 pm

October 22:

T&T vs Chile, 10 am

Costa Rica vs Argentina, 1 pm

Mexico vs Colombia, 5 pm

October 25: Semifinals

October 27: Finals and third place playoffs.


For the past year, Andrew Lewis has been in preparation for the 2011 Pan American Games and ultimately his dream of participating in a Summer Olympics—London 2012. Lewis, recently coming off a 32nd place finished at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, an Olympic Test Event, reiterated his intention to take full advantage of his dream to participate at next year’s Olympic Games saying, “I will not be going for silver, and I will not be going for bronze but I will be going for gold.” He made this clear at a press conference held at the T&T Olympic Committee Headquarters in Port of Spain, yesterday. As such, Lewis, coach Fernando “Happy” Alegre (who has been with Lewis for 10 years), financial manager Kairon Serrette and marketing and public relations manager Chantal Ross, a former national swimmer, have set out to make the goal plausible despite the odds being against an emerging athlete in the sport from a country as small as T&T.

Lewis has progressively advanced in his sitting in the world rankings among sailors in the laser category from 340th in December, 2010 to 160th in April and then to his highest ranking of 110th as of July 27 with a total of 1964 points. The points allocations which are required for the advancement in the world rankings has been on the front burner for Lewis. He has taken part in many international regattas including that of the Open Europeans 2011 event held in Helsinki, Finland where he sailed to an impressive 43rd out of 124 entrants participating in the gold fleet and winning an individual race in the process.

Despite his extensive achievements within the recent past and his assistance with financing and public relations from the T&TOC and the University of T&T, Lewis still requires further financial assistance, and thus corporate sponsors are being encouraged to get on board with his journey to the Pan American Games and the Olympics. Coach Alegre is convinced that given the development of the 21-year-old athlete, who features in the laser category together with athletes mostly six and more years his senior and places amongst them; he stands a realistic chance of major development within the coming years.
With similar words, Ken Butcher—executive manager at UTT insisted that with corporate and public assistance, Lewis will only be further encouraged and continue to improve on his journey to become a T&T olympic gold medallist.