SANTA CRUZ, Trinidad (Sunday, November 8): T&T’s reigning Olympic

men’s javelin gold medallist Keshorn Walcott took some time off his pre-
season training for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to

visit the Santa Cruz United Football Academy at the Brian Lara Recreational

Grounds, Santa Cruz on Saturday, November, 7. Walcott’s visit was part of

the Academy’s mentorship programme and shared young footballers on how

hard he trained to excel in his sport of javelin. He told how he threw

coconuts and mangos on the beach (in Toco) as part of his preparation. The

22 year old also encouraged them to be disciplined in order to be successful.

Walcott also showed off his dribbling and ball skills for the youngsters. He

played on the Toco Secondary football team whilst a student at the school.

Walcott was one of many sports celebrities to spike to the youngsters

recently. West Indies and T&T cricketer Dwayne Bravo also visited the


The Santa Cruz United Football Academy is run by head coach and

president Ricardo Brizam along with his staff. The Academy is open to

youngsters between the ages from five to 16 years and meets on

Wednesday and Thursday (5pm to 7pm) and Saturday (9am­11:30am).