Reigning two-time Carifta champion Akanni Hislop (Bishops High) is the latest T&T athlete to be awarded a track and field scholarship to an American university. Hislop signed for Louisana State University (LSU) and will begin his tenure at the Baton Rouge-based school in January 2017. The 2015 Carifta Boys under 18/2016 Carifta Boys under 20 200m gold medalist joins Zakiya Denoon (Speyside High) and Xavier Mulugata (Fatima College) who will also start in in January. The three, all sprinters, are following in the footsteps of top T&T's sprinters Richard Thompson (Queen's Royal College), Ade Alleyne-Forte (St. Stephen's College), Kelly-Ann Baptiste (Signal Hill Secondary) and Semoy Hackett (Bishops High) who all attended LSU. Thompson won Olympic silver medals at the men's 100m (2008) and 4x100m (2008/2012) and World Championships silver in the men's 4x100m (2009) while Alleyne-Forte copped Olympic bronze in the men's 4x400m (2012). He also helped T&T to bronze in the 4x400m at the 2016 World Indoors Champs. Baptiste claimed bronze medals in the women's 100m at the 2011 World Championships and the women's 4x100m at the 2015 World Champs. She also was third in the girls 100m finals at the 2003 World Youth Champs. Both Thompson and Baptiste captured NCAA Championships gold medals for LSU in the indoor 60m and outdoor 100m in 2008. Hackett collected in the 4x100m at the 2015 World Champs. World junior men's 4x100m bronze medallist in 2010 Shermund Allsop (QRC) also attended LSU as well as former Carifta champions Jamaal James (Trinity College), Kyron Blaise (Toco Secondary) and Melissa De Leon-Mann (Arima Secondary). Monique Cabral-Thompson (St. Joseph Convent-POS) also graduated from LSU. Former Carifta champion Jonathan Farinha (QRC) and his twin brother Nathan (QRC) are student athletes at the University of the Technology in Jamaica.
The Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools Track and Field Association extends congratulations to these student/athletes and wish them every blessing in their academic and athletic endeavours. The majority, if not all, of them represented their high schools at the National Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships.
The vision of the TTSSTFA is to be the leader of track and field development in Trinidad and Tobago through:
(a) the formulation of strategic relationships globally and in Trinidad and Tobago;
(b) effective promotion of track and field initiatives;
(c) professionally executed track and field events.
Among the achievements of the TTSSTFA during the 2014-2016 term are
(a) the signing of coverage contract for the 2017 National Track and Field Championships with regional Sports network Digicel Sport Max;
(b) the introduction of the Health fair and Aerobics-Cool down to the annual Cross-Country Championships;
(c) the introduction of a press conference ahead of the annual Track and Field Championships;
(d) an updated website.
Trinidad & Tobago Secondary Schools'
Track & Field Association
Hislop sigs for LSU
Akanni Hislop (Bishops High) earned a track and field scholarship at Louisana State Unversity (LSU) and will begin his studies from January 2017.
(Photo courtesy-Akani Hislop)