Trinidad & Tobago Secondary Schools'

Track & Field Association

Photos below courtesy Clayton Clarke/TTSSTFA

TTSSTFA and partners
President of the Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools Track and Field Association (TTSSTFA) Dr. Philip Allard (right) with Curriculum Officer of the Ministry of Education Shelly Slater (right), NAAA representative Durly Lucas (second from left) and Public Relations Officer of the TTSSTFA Indra Ramsingh-Geoffrey (left) at the launch of the  2018 TTSSTFA National Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships at TTOC House on Abercomby Street, Port of Spain on Wednesday, April 11. The Championships are set for the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20. 

2018 Secondary Track and Field Championships set for April 19 & 20

by Clayton Clarke; 11.4.18

TTSSTFA Media Launch
.The Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools Track and Field Association (TTSSTFA) held a press conference to launch the  2018 TTSSTFA National Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships are set for Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. The press conference was held at TTOC House on Abercombry Street, Port of Spain on Wednesday, April 11. 
From left: Arnold Ramlogan (Committee member), Indra Ramsingh-Geoffrey (PRO), Durly Lucas (NAAA representative), Dr. Philip Allard (president), Shelly Slater (Cirriculum Officer, Ministry of Education), Janelle Edwards (Vice President/IAAF-Technical Official and Phillip Kalloo (Coordinator for St. George East Educational Zone). 

Officials at Stadium
Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools Track and Field Association (TTSSTFA) and representatives of the NAAA and Ministry of Education on a site visit of the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo on Wednesday, April 11 ahead of next week's TTSSTFA National Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships are set for Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 at the same venue. 
From left:  Arnold Ramlogan (Committee member),  Durly Lucas (NAAA representative), Shelly Slater (Cirriculum Officer, Ministry of Education), Dr. Philip Allard (President), Janelle Edwards (Vice President/IAAF-Technical Official and Andy Joseph (Secretary). 

The 2018 edition of the TTSSTFA Secondary Schools Track and Field Champions will be held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Thursday, April, 19 and Friday, April 20.

Over 1000 athletes from close to 90 public and private secondary schools from the eight educational district across the country are expected to compete in the two days of action.  The Championships are the culmination of the Secondary Schools track and field season. Athletes earned the right to compete in the Championships after completion the zonal qualifiers which began in January. 

Toco Secondary is the defending champion school and will be looking to retain the overall title. The giants of the North East Educational District will face stiff competition from Bishops High of Tobago and fellow North East school Sangre Grande Secondary.  With the recent format of crowning champion schools rather than zones, Toco Secondary students will be looking to extend their dominance. 

The 2018 Championships were originally scheduled for February 22 and 23 but according to president of the TTSSTFA Dr. Phillip Allard, the Championships were in doubt this year due to economic challenges. However, he praised the Ministry of Education for the commitment given to ensure this year's meet came off. "We were really wondering if this year's  National Finals (Championships) would take place. We must thank the Curriculum Department of the Ministry of Education. The Director Mr. John Roopchan, Mr. John Thatcher and Miss Shelly Slater for being instrumental making statements to the Permanent Secretary that this Championships must not be cancelled."   Dr. Allard also highlighted the support given by National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB), Blue Waters and Sunshine Snacks to the championships.

The Championships are also held under the auspices of the National Association of Athletic Association (NAAA) who will be responsible for sanctioning and officiating of the meet. 

Dr. Allard was speaking at the launch of the Championships at the TTOC House on Abercromby Street in Port of Spain on Wednesday, April 11. 

Action in the Championships get underway from 10:00am on Thursday April 19, with the Walk-past of representatives of the competing schools set for the opening day April 19.

Edwards and Ramlogan
TTSSTFA Vice President and IAAF-trained official Janelle Edwards (left) with TTSSTFA Committee member Arnold Ramlogan (right) during a site visit of the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo on Wednesday, April 11 ahead of next week's TTSSTFA National Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships are set for Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 at the same venue. 

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