The hearts of every Trini soared to wuthering heights in the national stadium on Sunday night (June 13) when John-Paul Rochford made it 4-1 in injury time to beat St Vincent and the Grenadines and seal the deal for Second Place in Group C in the Concacaf Nations League.
Trinidad and Tobago are next in action on March 24 against the Bahamas, before hosting Nicaragua at home on March 27 in their last fixture of the
TT Coach Angus Eve reacts to a goal being scored by his team at the Stadium
The winner of Group C is promoted to League A and qualifies for the 2023 Gold Cup. The runner-up moves on to play in the Gold Cup preliminary round.
Among the crowd watching the footballers win under the captaincy of goal keeper Marvin Phillip, were a number of young leaders who are seeking to bring TT into the centre of global excellence in their own particular area of competence, in keeping with the prevailing spirit of ascension.
These include Energy Minister Stuart Young, Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association President Tricia Coosal, and Saddam Hosein MP for Barataria, who never fails to pester the government with probing questions in and out of the House.
In what seems like a brand new breath of young energy breezing across the
land, young leaders like People’s National Movement Senator Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing, Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association President Antonia de Freitas.
Talking about heroic service, a highly motivating story comes to mind when we recall that in April this year De Freitas was faced with a major challenge after being detained in hospital for a viral infection.
She said : “After the quarantine period was over I continued to suffer from what can be described as long Covid. This situation came to a head on the morning of Tuesday March 22, when I was rushed to the emergency room of the (Mt Hope) hospital for a suspected heart attack”.
According to De Freitas: “Following a series of tests it was realised that it was not a health attack but deep vein thrombosis and the clot had broken up and began travelling through my body”.
De Freitas was taken to hospital and being for life threatening pulmonary embolism “which can quickly become fatal during this period”.
Elected in October 2019, De Freitas is the first female President of the TTUTA.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, who was said to have contracted the COVID-19 virus, is also continuing to follow orders to rest.
The minister’s condition was revealed during an awards ceremony for the 2020 Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) students at the President’s House on April 11, as officials sought to explain her absence.
Contacted that same day, Gadsby-Dolly said she had been prescribed antibiotics and Vitamin B and was, “Resting as much as I can.”
Looking at the photo of the Education Minister with the PM’s wife and other officials with the students, one senses the value of great service being carried by many individuals in their various walks of life, all with the sincere intent of helping their people go forward.
It’s the kind of tireless work being done in the back ground during the small hours to be able to present a plan or come up with another solution to fix things which always go wrong.
And while most leaders get public attention for the wrongs that have occurred, the sad truth is that these same problems and faults are often caused by these same people who often neglect to do the “little things” that can make a big difference.
In the meantime, let us find comfort in the Football victory over St Vincent, and the qualification to go forward in this Concacaf League of nations tournament.
In doing so, we may be able to find good reason to praise other leaders like Stuart Young, Foster Cummings, UNC Senator Jayanti Lutchmedial, Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales and first female Dianne National Olympic Committee President Diane Henderson.
“I really appreciate all of the comments I am getting where it concerns being the first female president of the TTOC. It is an historic occasion,” Henderson said. The TTOC’s immediate focus will be the June 29- July 3 Caribbean Games and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham that starts towards the end of July, the new President added.
Among other outstanding leaders are Richard Downie, President of the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) and Mrs. Sheree L. Ebanks, Chairman of Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd, appointed on May 10, 2022
Mrs. Ebanks is the first female to hold this position.
With leaders such as these at our helm of Sweet T+T therefore:
The sky is the limit!