India Wins First Commonwealth Sports Day in T&T

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By Prior Beharry

THE British High Commission in Port of Spain along with the other six Commonwealth missions – Australia, Canada, India, Jamaica, Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago –  hosted a sports day on Saturday at St Mary’s College Ground.

British High Commissioner to Trinidad Harriet Cross said this was the inaugural Commonwealth Sports Day in Trinidad and Tobago and hoped that it wouldn’t be the last.

The Commonwealth established in 1949 comprises a voluntary association of 56 countries with  2.5 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. Thirty-three Commonwealth members are small states, including many island nations.

Commonwealth Day will be celebrated on Monday (March 11) with the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Samoa in October, Cross said.

Cross said this will be the first CHOGM that King Charles III will attend as head of the Commonwealth.

She said it was also the first time that CHOGM will be hosted in a Pacific Island country.

Cross said this year, the Commonwealth Scholarship scheme delivered on behalf of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office will celebrate its 65th anniversary.

The events at the sports day included, a one-over cricket match, a penalty shootout, lime and spoon, three-legged and sack races. Also participating were members of the Heroes Foundation, the Boys Scouts and T&T representative for the Miss Universe Pageant Faith Gillezeau.

Overall India won with 30 points beating Canada on 26 with UK and T&T tying for third on 24 points. Cross graciously stood down her team to give T&T the bronze prize.

The first prize was the opportunity to paint a mural capturing gender equality and nature at the Tranquillity Government Secondary School in collaboration with girls from the schools and Heroes Foundation.

Second place Canada will visit the Las Lomas Government Primary School with Carbon Sync to plant moringa and fruit trees.

And third place T&T will receive handmade eco-friendly candles from small woman-led business Wax Craft.

AZP News was on hand to capture these photos below:

Commonwealth Sports Day scorboard
Trying out the track
British High Commissioner Harriet Cross showing off her dance moves. AZP News/Prior Beharry
T&T representative for the Miss Universe Pageant Faith Gillezeau
T&T representative for the Miss Universe Pageant Faith Gillezeau
400-metre hurdle specialist Jehue Gordon was the judge at the finish line. AZP News/Prior Beharry
Lime and spoon race
Three-legged race. AZP News/Prior Beharry
Flags of the nations. Photo: Ian Davis and team
Team Canada in full force. Photo: Ian Davis and team
Football skills
Showing off her football skills. Ian Davis and team
British High Commissioner with the Union Jack. Photo: Ian Davis and team
British High Commission Head of Political, Economic and Press Chinali Patel and former track and field athlete Jehue Gordon. AZP News/Prior Beharry
Members of Team India dancing. AZP News/Prior Beharry
Canada High Commissioner Arif Keshani at the finish line. AZP News/Prior Beharry

Australia High Commissioner Sonya Koppe, left, with British High Commissioner Harriet Cross and Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sport Community Development Beverly Reid-Samuel. AZP News/Prior Beharry
Principal Medial Officer Maryam Abdool-Richards and British High Commissioner Harriet Cross. AZP News/Prior Beharry
The Canada team awarded their prize for second place. AZP News/Prior Beharry
Flags of the Commonwealth in T&T. AZP News/Prior Beharry
Team Nigeria. AZP News/Prior Beharry
The winners: India. AZP News/Prior Beharry
Team T&T. AZP News/Prior Beharry
Team India celebrates. AZP News/Prior Beharry

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