The Ministry of Sport and Community Development paid out TT$3.3 m in grant funding to ‘a combination of national governing bodies, community sporting groups, and athletes’ on Monday at the Ministry’s headquarters in Nicholas Tower, Independence Square, Port-of-Spain.
The payments, according to a media statement, were made via the Ministry’s Elite Athlete Assistance Programme (EAAP) and represented an ‘investment from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’.
The chosen athletes comprise seven Tokyo Olympic participants who are Keshorn Walcott (javelin), Machel Cedenio (400m), Aaron Prince (boxer), Nicholas Paul, Kwesi Browne (both cycling), Gabriella Wood (judo), and Dylan Carter (swimming).
The other three individuals are 24-year-old boxer Tianna Guy, 17-year-old table tennis player Deron Douglas, and 30-year-old sprinter Kamaria Durant.
The sport bodies which received government funding were the Black Panthers Women Sports Club, Eagles Football Club, Vijay Sports and Cultural Club, Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association and the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board (TTHB).
The Ministry did not reveal the figure given to each entity.
“The sporting fraternity of Trinidad and Tobago is a valued stakeholder in this country’s post-pandemic recovery,” stated the release. “The sector continues to pivot, seeking out innovative channels to sustain sporting activities and planning for a keenly anticipated return to play. These relentless efforts will now be bolstered with a TT$3.3 million investment from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, through the Ministry of Sport and Community Development.
“[…] The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe assured all recipients that the Ministry will continue to work assiduously to support the sporting fraternity to further develop and strengthen the sector. She added that the Ministry will continue its ongoing streamlining of grant funding procedures to improve its effectiveness and be of better service to all applicants.”