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Thought lead­er­ship.

To have peo­ple with whom you can share thoughts an ideas with and re­ceive con­struc­tive crit­i­cism when need­ed that is found­ed on knowl­edge and a proven prac­ti­cal suc­cess track record is in­valu­able.

The last decade or so in the con­text of sports gov­er­nance, two in­ter­na­tion­al ex­perts that I have shared ideas, views and opin­ions with, have been Dr Leigh Robin­son and Michael Ped­er­sen.

Dr Robin­son was my the­sis su­per­vi­sor when I read for an Ex­ec­u­tive Mas­ters De­gree in Sports Or­gan­i­sa­tion Man­age­ment in 2006. My re­search project was fo­cused on sports gov­er­nance in T&T. Dr Robin­son is one of my men­tors and has been in­flu­en­tial in my ap­proach and think­ing about sports gov­er­nance.

Michael and I in re­cent years spent a lot of time when­ev­er we met de­bat­ing and ques­tion­ing the sa­cred cows of glob­al and Olympic sports gov­er­nance. They were both im­mense­ly sup­port­ive in my de­ci­sion to ini­tial­ly run for the pres­i­den­cy of the T&T Olympic (TTOC) com­mit­tee in the face (at that point in time) of the non-sup­port of TTOC ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee col­leagues and sub­se­quent­ly to seek re-elec­tion.

They chal­lenged me and kept push­ing me to step up to the plate and be a change agent and fear­less ad­vo­cate for good sports gov­er­nance and the prin­ci­ples that frame good gov­er­nance.

Any­time you are work­ing to achieve some­thing you are go­ing against the cur­rent. Of­ten the opin­ions of the peo­ple around you are try­ing to push and pull you away. They will say you can't do it, you are mak­ing a mis­take, it's im­pos­si­ble, you will fail. The more out-of-the-box your think­ing is, the stronger the push-back can be. Any­time you at­tempt to break out of the mould and box that peo­ple per­ceive you to be in their minds and eyes, they take it that you are mess­ing with their world­view.

Re­mem­ber you can al­ways change some­thing when you take own­er­ship and re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for it.

To­day's col­umn is ded­i­cat­ed to my good friend Michael Ped­er­sen, founder of M INC- Change the Game. Michael af­ter years of try­ing to fit in a vis­it to T&T for car­ni­val in­to his busy sched­ule was able to do so and was due to ar­rive in Trinidad on Sun­day to wit­ness car­ni­val and be a key pre­sen­ter at this year's Sports In­dus­try TT con­fer­ence on March 7. Tick­et and Ac­com­mo­da­tion booked since Oc­to­ber last year.

Dan­ish-born Michael, an In­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert on sports gov­er­nance, in­tend­ed to present on the busi­ness case for good sports gov­er­nance. We were both ex­cit­ed and look­ing for­ward to his vis­it. Last week, I re­ceived the news that Michael a keen fit­ness en­thu­si­ast suf­fered a heart at­tack while out on his morn­ing walk in the hills near his home in Mala­ga, Spain.

RIP Michael. My sin­cer­est con­do­lences to his fam­i­ly and par­ents Karen Marie and Jor­gen Ped­er­sen.

Ed­i­tor's Note:

Bri­an Lewis is the Pres­i­dent of the T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee (TTOC) and the views ex­pressed are not nec­es­sar­i­ly those of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.


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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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