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T&T cyclists set to conquer CAC Games
A full strength T&T cycling team is set to upset the applecart at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla Colombia.
The team comprising Olympian Njisane Phillip, who was fourth fastest in the world at the 2012 Olympic Games in London England, and Nicholas Paul, a goal-medal winner at the Junior Pan Am Games three years ago at the National Cycling Centre, began to depart in batches yesterday.
The first batch consisting sprint sensations Phillip, Paul, Kwesi Browne, Keron Bramble, Quincy Alexander and Akil Campbell as well as Kemp Orosco, Tyler Cole and Christiane Farah, left yesterday with the coach and technical director Erin Hartwell.
The other members of the contingent which comprised Adam Alexander, Jovian Gomez, Alexi Costa, Jessica Costa, Alex Bovell, Ashton Williams (assistant coach), Elisha Greene (mechanic), Gene Samuel (assistant coach) and David Francis (manager) will depart today.
The country's top female cyclist Teniel Campbell will join the team in Colombia, straight from the UCI Cycling Centre in Switzerland where she has been for the past few months working on developing her skills.
Yesterday Robert Farrier, president of the T&T Cycling Federation said the team will be a force to be reckoned with for the first time.
"We are expecting podium finishes from all our male sprinters and very competitive performances from both our men and women endurance riders. I think under Hartwell, we were able to pick a really strong team as the cyclists have responded positively to his work. With Hartwell in charge we are seeing a different level of discipline and professionalism which will auger well at the Games," Farrier said.
The T&T women will be making their debut at the CAC Games as a team, and they could be among the medals as they have shown consistent progress during the past few months of training, Farrier explained, noting the women twice broke the national team pursuit record during training at the weekend.
Yesterday Roxanne Ramnath, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the cycling federation said she would like to congratulate the women riders for working hard toward representing their country at the CAC Games for the first time.
"These girls have been training under the technical director Mr Erin Hartwell and have raised the bar after recently competing in the Elite competitions in T-Town by meeting the qualifying standards to be selected for this grand event," Ramnath explained.
The team is expected to plunge into action from Sunday.
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