Sports

We need to pay attention to children’s mental health and psychosocial support

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com This is a column that is slightly different. With permission from the Editor, I’d like to raise an issue of importance during […]

Adrian on the run

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Imagine playing football from five years old, and having family members who were former Intercol standouts for Presentation, and St Mary’s College, […]

WI improvement needed badly

By Bryan Davis, former West Indies, Test cricketer West Indies (WI) cricket in the 21st century is judged solely on the heights it achieved in the […]

Juan Luis wants to leave a ‘Trini-Vene’ footprint

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Recently a friend shared a YouTube video of a 97-year-old athlete Charles Eugster also known as ‘the fittest pensioner on the planet’. […]

Outplayed by better cricketers

By Bryan Davis, former West Indies, Test cricketer It was a strange tour. West Indies (WI) agreed to tour England to play three Test matches in […]

A superlative victory

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer I would be the first to admit that the West Indies (WI) cricket team played beyond my expectations […]

Phew! Thank God for Phase Five!

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Phase Five, we are back to normal! Or as is being referenced, the ‘new normal’. My article published on March 29, exactly […]

Advantage England but WI ready

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer July 8 is the day the bell would ring for the first round of cricket matches that would […]

Father’s Day — A single mom’s perspective

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com My forward-thinking editor always has me on my toes: “Would you be able to do the sports column for Father’s Day?” I […]

A tough task

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis, two prolific West Indian cricketers, were left out of the tour to Sri […]

Onika stays ready

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Onika Marie Brereton is insatiable about her passion for running, fitness and motherhood, and has a mentality and focus that is bar […]

UK tour in jeopardy

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer The West Indies (WI) cricket tour to England this year is in jeopardy. More’s the pity because the […]

Ramdin’s exclusion and the ‘new wave’

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer Denesh Ramdin was not left out of the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) team for the Hero Caribbean Premier […]

Litmus test for parenting ‘high office’

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Mom solves, mom accompanies, mom comes and goes, mom takes care, mom hugs, mom challenges, mom cooks, mom pampers, mom shares everything. […]

Talk to the coach

By Bryan Davis, former West Indies Test cricketer Criticism by ex-Test cricketers should always be constructive and sensitive. I am especially referring to former West Indies […]

Power to unite and support the community through football

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com   Nyron Jones is a man with a definite sense of purpose about his life. As a former national under-20 player, he […]

Catches win matches

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer The adage that catches win matches is a truism in the game of cricket. While it is natural […]

Mindful mornings, remote work and family workouts

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com   COVID-19 has impacted our daily lives and routines in a short space of time. We are a few weeks into our […]

Revenge for T&T Red Force, Windies celebrate T20 wins

By Bryan Davis former West Indies Test cricketer The Trinidad & Tobago Red Force (RF) cricket team played a splendid bit of cricket to whip their […]

Rae-Anne’s reward

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Family support abounds for talented student athlete Rae-Anne Serville who has been a member of the Memphis Pioneers Athletic Club for the […]

T&T Red Force backfires

By Bryan Davis Former West Indies Test cricketer A pathetic display of batsmanship by Trinidad & Tobago’s Red Force (RF) cricketers against Barbados in the fifth […]

Backing herself through badminton

By Jamila Cross, athletesdiscovered@gmail.com “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in […]

A timely Sri Lankan examination

The coming tour of Sri Lanka (SL) is a vital visit for West Indies’ (WI) cricketers. The series consists of three One-Day-Internationals (ODI) on February 22, […]

T20 WC coming: Better than that, WI

By Bryan Davis former West Indies Test cricketer I can’t get my mind off the T20 World Cup (WC) later this year in October and where […]

Youthful Red Force put on a batting performance

There was some delightful batting by the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force cricket team, the likes of which I have not seen for many a year!  […]

Development through clubs

It is no secret just how long it has been since Trinidad and Tobago’s cricket team won the regional first-class tournament of the West Indies Cricket […]

A memorable 2019 into a Ukiyo 2020

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com   A recent experience at an Open Water Swim meet that I participated in got me thinking about what 2019 has symbolised […]

‘Rejects’ prove they’re good enough

By Bryan Davis former West Indies Test cricketer The future of West Indies (WI) cricket must be in very good hands if we are to judge […]

Football, cricket need to buck up

The youngsters who participate in any of the top sports in T&T have often been known to make remarks about old-stagers like myself such as “you […]

WI disappoints against Afghans

By Bryan Davis former West Indies Test cricketer The West Indies (WI) vs Afghanistan T20 cricket series was a disappointment after WI won the One Day […]

For the love of Judo

Navor Suarez has practised judo for over two decades, becoming a high-performance athlete at age 16. Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, Navor has resided in Trinidad with […]

T&T cricketers shine

The Trinidad and Tobago cricket team known as the Red Force (RF), has started off the 2019 regional season by playing sparkling cricket. At the Queen’s […]

Will change come to the TTFA?

By Alvin Corneal former national footballer I wish it was easy to communicate with those who are aspiring for places in the hierarchy of the Trinidad […]

Positive move bringing Phil back

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has brought back successful coach Phil Simmons to be in charge of the West Indies (WI) team! Certainly, this was necessary, based […]

Mary’s point of service

Mary Cruz is from Yaracuy State in Venezuela. Yaracuy has gained acclaim over the years for producing many of the country’s top national athletes. Physical education […]

TKR loss self-inflicted

The Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR), after a bright start, fell away considerably, until they caved to the Barbados Tridents for the third time in the tournament.  […]

Woman narrates soccer games for her blind son; win FIFA prize

In 2018, a TV report told the story of Sílvia Grecco, who narrates soccer games for her son Nickollas, who suffers from blindness and autism. She […]

Something to think about

By Bryan Davis Former West Indies Test cricketer   The first-class game of cricket, which is played over four consecutive days, is the benchmark on which […]

By striving, Kedan conquers

By Jamila Cross athletesdiscovered@gmail.com Kedan Crosby is a natural athlete. Gifted and grounded, he has spent the last four years with his alma mater Fatima College […]

“Good Luck!” Secondary School Football Teams

The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) has started in a most surprising way, especially with the two relative newcomers this season to the premier division, Malick […]

CPL youth need coaching

By Bryan Davis Former West Indies Test cricketer The t20 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) competition exposes the rich talent of cricketers in the West Indies (WI), […]

A tale of two Tests

They both began on the same day. Thursday, August 22 was the first day of India vs the West Indies (WI) in the first Test match […]

Sports Mind Body connection

“How can any of us ever believe that we have learned enough or are emotionally intelligent enough or should stop working on personal development? Every day […]

WHAT NOW, West Indies?

The International Cricket Council’s 2019 Cricket World Cup (CWC) is over. Last week a remarkable, pulsating and dramatic finale took place at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, […]

CWI, TTFA in the same boat…

The past two weeks have been filled with controversial and sometimes unnecessary criticism, all coming from disappointed fans. However, has either the administrators of Cricket West […]

Only one word for WI at CWC 2019…

To review West Indies’ (WI) performance in the concluding 2019 Cricket World Cup (CWC) is an assignment some may feel requires a degree in psychology.  They […]

Are lessons being learnt?

It is difficult to determine the main factors that have led to defeats for the WI. Maybe the sign which triggered my observation was the return […]

WI satisfaction…and despair

After an awesome start in their first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup (CWC) against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on May 31, West Indies (WI) […]

Concacaf needs to ‘put a hand’ with team visa issues

At last the time has arrived for the member countries of Concacaf (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) to get ready for the region’s most […]

Weaknesses in West Indies CWC Squad

Cricket World Cup (CWC) is here! By Brian Davis – Former West Indies Test Cricketer The 50-over tournament started this weekend. Many articles were being written […]

School ‘vacay’ with real purpose

Many of us can recall our school days. No doubt, teachers were always very dedicated to their students and in the midst of the school work, […]

Rating the WI’s World Cup chances

I was asked a question recently to rate the West Indies’ (WI) chances of winning the Cricket World Cup (CWC) which bowls off on May 31 […]

Celebrating a mother’s journey

I am celebrating my 10th anniversary as a mother. What an honour and a privilege it is to accept that God has blessed me with three […]

Tough battle ahead for WI

There has been much healthy discussion and speculation on the West Indies (WI) team selected for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2019 that starts in […]

Walk softly, Ricky

So, the journey starts for the new president of Cricket West Indies Ricky Skerritt. He’s going to find himself bombarded with advice from all quarters! He’ll […]

What a welcome change!

On Sunday, March 24 in a vote that surprised the most optimistic of us, Ricky Skerritt, the challenger for the position of president of Cricket West […]

Brain, brawn and the beats

Luke Walker is as talented as they come. He is currently a freshman (first year student) on full scholarship, pursuing his undergraduate and Master’s degrees as […]

Respect our local coaches

Why do we completely ignore our local coaches? Well, not completely ignore, but there have been far too many occasions which have left us without the […]

A crucial election

Cricket West Indies directors will meet on Sunday (March 24) to choose its president for the next two-year term of office. The incumbent is Whycliffe ‘Dave’ […]

NSAs need to get serious

Now that the Carnival celebrations have ended, the focus will be placed upon varying forms of recreation such as sea bathing, and sporting events. To many […]

WI on the up!

THE cricketers of the West Indies (WI) have certainly been showing a big improvement in their approach to the game.  I haven’t seen the team play […]

Gabby throws for Tokyo 2020

Gabriella Wood became the youngest black belt judoka in Trinidad and Tobago at age 18. She is a four-time national women’s judo champion in the +78kg […]

Over the spirit of the game

Some two or three decades ago, India’s cricket team struggled to win Test series’ especially away from home. They finally worked out the reasons why they […]

WI’s vast improvement

The past ten days of cricket between England and the West Indies in two test matches may well have brought renewed vigour to the Caribbean players […]

An exceptional victory!

One of the most enjoyable features in sport is the unpredictability of the result.  Sporting contests are played to win and quite often the underdog wins […]

Prescott dances with the stars

In 2010, La Shaun Prescott traded her work suits and pumps in a prestigious position as an economist in pursuit of her passion for dance to […]

Good luck, West Indies

There is no denying that Jason Holder, captain of the West Indies (WI) cricket team, had a superb year 2018 as an all-rounder for the team. […]

A lesson from India for the WI

At last I have been able to sit comfortably to witness the quality of cricket I have been longing to see for many years. Of course, […]

Just stop blaming players

Dr Rudi Webster wrote an excellent article in the Sunday Express of December 16, 2018. He told the Cricket West Indies (CWI) board that they must […]

Yohance learnt from the best, now gives back to communities

It is hard to believe that 2018 is almost over and the countdown to 2019 has already begun. I am always humbled and honoured by the […]

‘ManU’ not united

Fans of English football club giants, Manchester United (ManU) have been going through some periods of great disappointment this season. It is difficult to understand the […]

Same old story…

At least once I would love to be able to write of how happy I am in the performance of the West Indies (WI) cricket team.  […]

Sadness over no Shiva Boys’

by Alvin Corneal It’s sad that within the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) a top soccer school over the past few years, Shiva Boys’ Hindu College, […]

Well tried ladies, but…

The truth is that the West Indies’ (WI) Women’s t20 team performed poorly against Australia in the semi-final of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Women’s t20 […]

From Laventille to Wall Street

In 2013, Anselm LeBourne launched the ‘Laventille to Wall Street Sports Academy Scholarship Foundation’. It forms an integral part of the work of his foundation which […]

Leadership woes

There are many ingredients that go into the mix in order to emerge as a fine cricketer. Professional cricket is tough, not unlike any other profession […]

SSFL play needs to improve

It is no secret that the number of matches played among the teams in the Secondary Schools’ Football League (SSFL) is far too little. I suppose […]

Motivation is the key

The Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) will be changing the format under which they play their League games during the next season in 2019. They […]

Trevlon’s positives

Experience dictates that the true art of storytelling is to start with the end in mind—you must simply find great stories. I am pressed for time […]

‘Soca Princesses’ had a slim chance

by Alvin Corneal Our national women’s football team, the ‘Soca Princesses’, has not been able to achieve their goal at the Concacaf leg of the World […]

Yet another coach

Before I begin my article I seek the indulgence of my editor for me to give credit where credit is due; and I refer to a […]

Running on an Olympic dream

“The proudest moment of my career was the day I missed the Olympic Marathon qualification time by 14 seconds. It helped me realise that my dreams […]

US Open Women’s final was a lesson…

by Alvin Corneal The tennis world looked forward to some high quality professional tennis between the legendary Serena Williams and promising Haitian-Japanese player Naomi Osaka at […]

I watch and I wonder…

I looked on at the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match between the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) and the Barbados Tridents and I wondered… This took place […]

Is the VAR dying a natural death?

by Alvin Corneal Now that the first three or four rounds of the English Premier League have been completed and fans have been hurt over the […]

Some thoughts on CPL

There are a couple of things that strike me in this HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament that are either good or bad for West Indian […]

Is it a false dawn?

In a two-Test series in early July the West Indies (WI) team crushed Bangladesh (nicknamed the Tigers) in both matches to win the series in a […]

The family that trains together stays together

The sun pierced through the bamboo patch with streams of translucent light reflecting hues of dark and light green ripples on the clear water. A gentle […]

The advancing West Indies

West Indies (WI) cricket team was a huge disappointment in the third Test match against Sri Lanka (SL) played at the Kensington Oval in Barbados from […]

And the World Cup winner is…

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org Sixty-four games, twenty-five days. It all ends today, the finale with the two top teams, France and Croatia, battling on the field […]

The final say: field referee or the VAR?

The first round of the 2018 Russia World Cup tournament has been challenging from one aspect and entertaining from another. The diehard lovers of the sport […]

And then there were eight, then four…

By Nth Degree What a roller-coaster World Cup. First, a quick recap. Action started June 14 with the group phase. That ended on Thursday, June 28. […]

A telling sign

I referred in my last article (CN June 17) to the fact that no batsman likes to face up to pace and those who say they […]

Auf Wiedersehen

By Nth Degree Pope Francis, on the eve of the start of the World Cup, said this: “Tomorrow the 2018 World Cup championship will begin in […]

The Brazil X Factor

World Cup 2018 is well underway, and regardless of the team you support you can never discount the Brazil factor in any World Cup. As five-time […]

Keeping the faith over the bumps

By Nth Degree Usually in a World Cup tournament the real action begins in the round of 16 knockout phase, but these first-round matches are like […]

Pro-league begins, but what of the state of the game?

by Alvin Corneal Amidst the confusion in the league system of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association, the administrators are struggling to convene a special general […]

Player, coach thyself

by Brian Davis What makes cricket a unique game is that the character of the person participating is shaped and revealed in his approach, dynamism and […]

O jeitinho brasileiro – The Brazilian way

Cy Padmore has a deeply rooted connection with Brazil—he has lived and worked in the country, he is married to a beautiful Brazilian, and together they […]

Mysterious Commonwealth Games

by Alvin Corneal Having attended the Commonwealth Games on five occasions in the distant past, I had found great joy over the enthusiasm of the selected athletes […]

Windies thrown to Pakistani wolves

The directors of Cricket West Indies (CWI) owe an explanation to the public of the West Indies as to what was the reason for the recent […]

In your face: Simmons leads Afghans over West Indies

Phil Simmons made such great strides for Ireland’s cricket that they are now officially recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play Test cricket. He […]

Our youth, our nation, our assets

On a Friday afternoon on the cusp of sunset, I was greeted by the sweet music blaring from a nondescript location with a simple, painted sign […]

The unconvincing WEST INDIES

by Bryan Davis As I write this piece, the Windies cricket team has played three games, has won all three and thus have qualified for the […]

Gov’t ministries must get more involved in SSFL

The decision to hold a meeting with the purpose of examining the occurrences—negative and positive—in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), should have been done many […]

Is this the death of WI cricket?

I don’t think the president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) quite understands what motivates cricketers or what it is like to represent your country in cricket.  […]

Bright on the block

“My story begins on Quarry Street, East Dry River, Port of Spain. I am the product of Nelson Street Girls’, Holy Name Convent and a single-parent […]

You should resign

by Bryan Davis Cricketers Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo and Sunil Narine with respect to their non-appearance for the West Indies cricket team, now rebranded as the […]

Sporting values can help build our society

by Alvin Corneal In the midst of the Carnival season, I had the opportunity to attend a reunion of former students of St Mary’s College (CIC) […]

Backing Red Force, but not betting…

by Brian Davis The Trinidad & Tobago national cricket team which placed last in the recently concluded Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day first-class tournament, is expected […]

Physical therapy for all

Speak to anyone who has met Dr Karielle De Bique, physical therapist for many of Trinidad and Tobago’s national athletes and they will describe her with […]

When will they ever learn?

There are three vital elements needed to produce a system that creates the dynamic required for a successful cricket team. This force causes it to change […]

Call in the experts and lets learn from losing

If the leaders in the major sports of cricket (in the region as a whole) and football in Trinidad and Tobago, wish to correct the deficiencies […]

Administrators must answer for wretched Windies

It would be very interesting to know what Cricket West Indies’(CWI) administration believes is the reason for the poor performances of the West Indies (Windies) cricket […]

Born to lead in sports administration

As I contemplated my editor’s dutiful reminder to submit my monthly column, I thought deeply about what constitutes a purposeful use of this space and my […]

Hoping for better days

Whenever the yuletide season comes along, people tend to dwell on the unfortunate moments which sadden us. Sometimes it may even supersede the good times which […]

Cricketers without a country

by Brian Davis Cricket West Indies (CWI) has now reduced cricket in the Caribbean to fete-match status (called ‘Currie goat games’ in Jamaica).  This has to […]

School soccer standards need improving

by Alvin Corneal So much major sports are available on television but one has to choose which of the sports to follow. The major sport in […]

A change agent in Rugby

by Jamila Gamero Have you been toiling in your proverbial vineyard with your career, family, divine calling and, even in the midst of your most fervent […]

Values of the beautiful game

The English Romantic poet, John Keats (1795-1821), in his ode To Autumn, described this season in the northern hemisphere as the “Season of mists and mellow […]

Schoolboy soccer needs serious review

There is a dire need to have a serious review of the organisation of competitive schoolboy soccer following the unusual issues which have brought some levels […]

No sense to last-minute venue change

It never ceases to amaze me how ignorance can exist so strongly as to trump common sense in a decision-making process. It leaves me bewildered!  I’m […]

Nikki works for north-coast youth

‘Phenomenal Woman’ is one of my favourite poems by Dr Maya Angelou – each stanza ends with the phrase, “I am a woman, phenomenally”. The moment […]

Why World Cup woes for US

Many across the Caribbean, USA and the world were shocked that the ‘Yanks’ failed to make it to the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia, as […]

CWI selectors clueless, need replacing

The Windies selectors continue to prove that they are clueless in choosing teams to represent the once proud region in their ongoing cricket exploits.  Once more […]

Is Windies good enough for CWC 2019?

The Windies (the new official name of the West Indies team) has been a bad One Day International (ODI) team for a number of years.  The […]

Inward hunger

In 2000, I was awarded a full athletic (soccer) scholarship to play for Berry College, in Georgia. One of the keepsakes that my diligent parents would […]

Our sports needs a fresh start

Like all citizens I was elated over the gold and bronze medal victories at the IAAF World Championships in London, August 4–13. I hope that those […]

Int’l Test cricket: 1 better than 2

Michael Holding, the popular former West Indian fast bowler, now doing television commentary of Test cricket from England, in an interview after the first Test at […]

Hot in pursuit of a professional dream

By Jamila Gamero Name: Enrique De Comarmond School: St Augustine Community College Sport: Cycling Club: Heatwave Cycling Club Enrique De Comarmond is a 16-year-old national cyclist […]

The evolution of T20

County cricket in England was never a large revenue earner from its very beginnings.  It reached crisis proportions many times and always continued to recover mainly […]

Should football return to amateur status?

The extent of the problems that currently exist in local football may well have been the reason why TT Pro League club owners had to openly […]

An idea for Jimmy

Jimmy Adams is the new Director of Cricket (DC) for Cricket West Indies (CWI).  He was appointed in January 2017 so he can be termed relatively […]

Cycling for charity

What would inspire a medical doctor who cares for terminally ill cancer patients, and a cancer survivor to ride from London to Paris with 400 cyclists, […]

Losing breeds inferiority

The fortunes of West Indian cricket and that of the Trinidad & Tobago team are inter-locked. Both are getting so accustomed to losing that they are now satisfied with it. So much so that the coaches, managers and administrators are running out of excuses!