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RANGY NANAN – CRICKET

With 366 wickets in 94 first-class matches at 23. 10 runs conceded per wicket, there’s little doubting Rangy Nanan’s influence on the game of the cricket in Trinidad and Tobago over an 18-year period 1973 to 1991.

The off-spinner gradually developed into an integral member of the national team during the early stage of his career. Five years following his debuts, things really took off in 1978 when he grabbed 14 wickets in the Shell Shield competition and enjoyed figures of three wickets for 61 runs during his first innings with the ball against Australia at Port of Spain.

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angus-eveANGUS EVE – FOOTBALL

Of the pioneering line-up that represented Trinidad and Tobago during this country’s first-ever appearance in an official global footballing event – the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship in Portugal – there were three individuals who would go on to become established members of the senior national team  over the long-term: the iconic Dwight Yorke, goalkeeper Clayton Ince and attacking midfielder Angus Eve.

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 daren-gangaDAREN GANGA – CRICKET

There was no way the emotions were not going to be contained once the big moment has finally arrived.

Arms stretched outwards, bat in one hand and with an open mouth unleashing a shout of joy and relief; Daren Ganga’s overdue test century had come whilst earning his 18th cap for West Indies in this format on April 12, 2003 in Georgetown, against a juggernaut Australian team, no less.

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 clayton-morrisCLAYTON MORRIS – FOOTBALL

 A mainstay of Trinidad and Tobago football during the 1980s and 1990s, Clayton Morris represented some of the top of the local clubs of this period and was national squad captain during a late-80s revival that would involve this country being on the cusp qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.That the Strike Squad went under 1-0 to the USA in its final CONCACAF final round qualifying games at national stadium is all part of local sport folklore.
While it was indeed a sore point for Morris, it should not detract from the influence that he exuded from his position in the middle of defence.Starting off with Rangers, the hometown club from the community of St Ann’s, Morris stood out at junior level for his team. After stints with Soul City and ECM Motown, he joined a notable ASL Sport outfit and won the National Football League title in 1983, the year after he had made his senior national team debut.Further accolades followed for Morris after joining Trintoc: he led the club to NFL crowns in 1986 and 1988, as well as the National FA Trophy in that later year. At the same time he captained Trinidad and Tobago to the CFU Nations Cup in Martinique in 1988 – this country’s second capture of the regional championship. The following year saw Trinidad and Tobago adding a third title by winning the newly restructured Caribbean Cup in Barbados, thanks to a 2-1 triumph over Grenada in the final.

 

 

 

 

 


douglas-barzeyDOUGLAS L. BARZEY (Posthumous) – Administration

As a 19-year old sprinter and hurdler from southern Trinidad in 1938, Douglas L. Barzey most likely had no idea of the influence he would have on the discipline of track and field as his life progressed.
But the inclination towards leadership definitely present, even as he served as an official at major athletics events such as Southern Games (for which he would become a major member of the organising committee), the Palo Seco Games and the San Fernando Games. He joined the Texaco sports Club and he eventually worked his way up to the positions of manager, as well as secretary-treasurer, over the course of 24 years from 1955 to 1979. During this time he had also gotten involved in the formation of a new administrative organisation for track and field – the National Amateur Athletics Association (now National Association of Athletics Associations).One of the pioneering members, who bore witness to the execution of NAAA constitution on June 17, 1971, was Barzey, who was already appointed as a member of both the Association’s general and management committees and would also enjoy other positions in the organisation: secretary/treasurer, vice-president and president when he succeeded Jesse Noel in 1972.

 

 

 

 

 


 bridget-adamsBRIDGET ADAMS – NETBALL

Bridget Adams was perhaps Trinidad and Tobago’s most outstanding netball player during a time in which a sport in this country was on a high – with the undoubted quality and World Championship performances veering towards the positive.

Even though a shift in the standing of the game did start to occur during the final phase of her career, that fact could not tarnish the legacy of Adams, the individual, who was able to standout at all levels due to the accurate shooting ability that was a major hallmark, even as she performed at four different positions – goal shoot, goal attack and wing defence – over the course of her time in the discipline.

She earned a Most Valuable Player award at the 1989 Caribbean Championships and copped the Best Shooter accolade at the competitions of 1983, 1986, 1988 (when she scored 20 goals from 20 shooting attempts), 1989 and 1991, the year for which Adams’ outstanding performances earned her the Sportswoman of the year award.

 

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brian-hardingBRIAN HARDING – HORSE RACING

They were coming around the bend and into the homestretch at Santa Rosa Park. Rival horse Boogie Blues, under the guidance of noted Jockey Ricky Jadoo, had blown into the lead and with just 200 metres to go, there was actually no time on Brian Harding’s side.

He was struggling to get his charge, Chief Commander, away from the railing, where he was trapped on the inside. But he would, indeed, pull it off as he finally got to the outside and overtook Boogie Blues to capture the Gold Cup for the fourth-time.

It was yet another heroic action by Harding, who rode his way into the national consciousness during the previous decade by earning five, consecutive Trinidad and Tobago Champion Jockey titles. By the end of his final day of racing, December 26, 2012,he would have a total of ten local Champion Jockey accolades to his name (1991, 1994,1995,1996,1997, 1998, 2003,2004,2007 and 2010) along with 1,004  career victories. He was the first Jockey to race to one thousand wins locally.

 

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stern-johnSTERN JOHN – FOOTBALL

Two moments stand-out for Stern John’s 16-year career with Trinidad and Tobago national football team.

The first occurred in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on October 7, 2001, when the home team was really putting the Soca Warriors to the sword – dominating the entire World Cup qualifying match and missing several close chances. John simply needed that one opportunity in the 61st minute as he collected a pass, cut outside a Honduran defender as struck past the goalkeeper for the only goal of the affair.

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 byranBRIAN DAVIS – CRICKET

The 1960s represented; perhaps, the second great period of West Indies cricket; following upon the post-world war II decade of breakthrough achievements.

There were several outstanding players who managed to earn respect at all level of the game during the ‘60s, including Belmont’s very own BrIan Allan Davis. The mere tour test caps that he earned for West Indies only emphasized the plethora of rich talent that Davis had to compete against at this point in time.

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stephanie-powerSTEPHANIE POWER – CRICKET

Opportunities in life come in various forms. The majority of the time, we work towards creating our own eventual windfalls. On other occasions, chances just happen and it is always advised to take advantage of the moment.

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louise-jacksonLOUISE BROWNE- JACKSON – CRICKET

Harking back to the early days of women’s cricket, it’s fascinating to consider that there was a time when this game had a lesser profile and was far removed from the international exposure witnessed during the latest ICC Women’s World Cup and World T-20 tournaments.

 

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