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SporTT $$ for tennis, netball, NAAAs

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Money for All……SporTT’s Hydiane-Harper Simmons, left, NAAAs Dexter Voisin, 2nd from left, Lynette Duncan of the T&T Netball Association, 2nd from right, and Dexter Mahase of TenisTT hold a replica cheque to confirm monies presented to their respective NGB. Photo by:Walter Alibey

The Sports Company of T&T, on Friday handed out monies totalling $294, 680.10 to three National Governing Bodies (NGBs) including TennisTT, the National Association of Athletic Administration (NAAAs) and the T&T Netball Association as part of their annual subventions.

The NGBs are in return, required to submit the relevant justifications in their annual operational plan.

TennisTT is being represented by three athletes at the World Junior Tennis tournament, currently ongoing in Guatemala and among them is Aidan Carter, the 2018 Tranquillity Tennis champion. Carter will also wear the red, white and black at the ITF/Cotecc Trinity Cup which will be held here at the National Racquet Centre (NRC) in Tacarigua from April 6-14.

Dexter Mahase, the TennisTT Treasurer said, “The organisation’s hosting of junior tournaments aligns with our focus on development. We are on a drive to raise the level of tennis while positioning T&T as a regional hub for the sport.” For this the sport received $168,421.50.

Meanwhile, Lynette Duncan, the netball association's public relation's officer (PRO) also collected a cheque for $89,012.00 on behalf of her orgaisation to ensure the country is well represented at international tournaments. Afterwards Duncan said, “The funds will go towards our participation of the 17-member team at the 20th Jean Pierre Youth Netball tournament in St. Lucia this year. We are always proud to be a part of an event initiated by a national icon and are looking to return to winning ways, based on the new coaching staff we have brought on board.”

T&T last won the tournament when it hosted it back in 2006. The Jean Pierre Youth Netball tournament featured over 300 U-16 girls from 16 countries and has now become the nursery for the sport in the region.

Tonya Nero, the country's leading middle- to-long distance runner is set to compete at the IAAF World Half Marathon in Valencia, Spain thanks to SporTT's contribution of $37,246.60 to the NAAAs to facilitate her and her coach.

Dexter Voisin, NAAA General Secretary said the event will serve as a warm-up and preparation for Nero at her first Commonwealth Games next month.

According to Voisin, “Tonya told me that she wants to set a new national record at Commonwealth this year. She has been knocking on the door for some time now and is well poised now to cement her place on the world stage.”

SporTT, the agency responsible for ensuring athlete development and success at competition, is pleased to contribute to the efforts of the NGBs. In a release yesterday it was stated that the NGBs have demonstrated high levels of commitment and organisation on behalf of the athletes and the support staff they serve.


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