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Manning was a great friend of sport; SPORTT praises legacy of late Prime Minister

“The sport sector benefitted directly from Mr [Patrick] Manning’s vision for the professionalisation of sport and his belief in rewarding athletes for what he considered to be their dedicated service to country.”

Photo: Then Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning (right) inspects sprinter Richard Thompson's silver medals after the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. (Courtesy SPORTT)
Photo: Then Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning (right) inspects sprinter Richard Thompson’s silver medals after the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
(Courtesy SPORTT)

The following statement on the passing today of former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning was submitted by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago:

Reflecting on Mr Manning’s contribution to sport development, the Honourable Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs noted that the sport sector benefitted directly from Mr Manning’s vision for the professionalisation of sport.

And his belief in rewarding athletes for what he considered to be their dedicated service to country, a mirror of his own long and meritorious service to his constituency, his political party and ultimately, to Trinidad and Tobago.

It was under his leadership as Prime Minister that the annual subvention budget for National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport was established, and the Elite Athlete Assistance Programme (EAAP) began, filling the gap of essential training and preparation resources for internationally-ranked athletes.

These are two initiatives that have yielded tremendous benefits to hundreds of national athletes, coaches and sport administrators for well over a decade. It was under Patrick Manning’s administration that also saw the establishment of undergraduate and later, postgraduate degree programmes in Sport at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) as well as the award of athletic scholarships at the tertiary institution.

Photo: Late Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning (centre) waves during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on 27 November 2009. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, the titular head of the Commonwealth, was to officially open the three-day summit.  (Copyright AFP 2016/Luis Acosta)
Photo: Late Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning (centre) waves during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on 27 November 2009. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, the titular head of the Commonwealth, was to officially open the three-day summit.
(Copyright AFP 2016/Luis Acosta)

The Ministry and the Sports Company extend condolences to Mr Manning’s family, friends, colleagues and the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

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21 comments

  1. I wonder what the soca warriors have to say about that

  2. A great leader a visionary and a legacy builder

  3. I miss u can’t stop crying just wanted to say thank you for all the things you have done for me

  4. Yes his legacy will live on he gave a lot to this country by his selflessness a true patriot for him country was first.

  5. I believe that if they had continue with that program…our athletes would have brought home gold last Olympics…

  6. His legacy will live on

  7. God gives his people courage n strength. Bless

  8. Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. To Mrs. Manning and Sons! The Comforter is with you all. Amen!

  9. My dear condolence to the entire Family RIP Patrick Manning

  10. My condolence goes out to the family

  11. I wish pm Keith Rowley had the same sports likeness to continue the aid towards the pro league

  12. Got it in record time as well. I honestly felt that is when Jacko said no more money for all yuh. 1 million enough for them.

  13. He really did like to see Trinidad and Tobago do well in the field of sports .

  14. And who can forget his generosity to the 2006 Soca Warriors…

  15. Not to mention the $1 million each to the 2006 Soca Warriors…