The Ministry of Sport (MOS) hosted an educational booth at the Lakshmi Girls High School Science Fair on Wednesday 15 October, 2014. The booth was set up with the aim to provide information to the students about the different careers in sport, as well the dangers of drug use in sport.
The young girls were informed of the many professions that are required to keep athletes, sport facilities, clubs and programmes up and running. Some of these occupations are in the field of law, medicine, media, research, tourism, and sport officiating. The girls were also edified about the use of illegal drugs and its effect on athletes. It was noted that professional athletes are often role models to young people, who try to emulate them, but unfortunately, it is sometimes discover that their hero’s success was based on performance enhancing drugs. They were urged to let fair play be their guide to success.
Also present at the event to impart words of inspirations to the students were two professional athletes, Dwayne Hinds and Alicia Tyson Clarke. Dwayne, Trinidad and Tobago’s most popular and talented Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter is also a national boxing and judo champ, who has nine stoppage wins from his ten fights.
On the other hand, Alicia is a former track and field 200m and 4 x 100m athlete. Alicia was on the 2000 Olympic team. Presently she is an IAAF certified coach and also an employee of the Ministry of Sport, employed as a Sport Development Officer. These athletes spoke about their sporting journey and urged the young girls to be the best they can and that they should pursue excellence at all times and remain focus on their future goals.