Cycling

Trinidad aim to produce more cycling stars

Moutain Biking and BMXing is becoming very popular (©GettyImages)
Moutain Biking and BMXing is becoming very popular (©GettyImages).

The Cycling Federation of Trinidad and Tobago are aiming to produce more cycling stars, but not just in road and track cycling.

Federation president Rowena Williams is looking to encourage young people to get involved in mountain biking and BMXing.

The country have done well in road and track cycling but Williams wants the country to produce world class mountain bike and BMX athletes.

After 22 level two track and road coaches were certified last year the Federation now wants the other disciplines of cycling to benefit.

Williams said, according to Guardian Media: "We want to do coaching courses this year specifically for mountain bikes and BMX. We did level one and level two track and road (cycling).

"We have always been concentrating on track and road because that is where we have medalled for T&T. If we have to build the mountain bikes and build the other aspects of cycling, we have to get coaches and we have to get capacity going."

The President admits their are a lack of female coaches in the country, with only four women being certified coaches, but she is confident she can get more women involved in the sport in the coming years.

“Mountain biking is very popular. There are so many mountain bikers out there, but they do it casually. So we now want them to come under the umbrella of the Cycling Federation and do more for T&T.

“But we will encourage them and build, because we need to build the women in sport.”

Williams also praises her team for all the work they do, as without them none of the country's successes would be possible.

She said: “I am very proud of my team. It’s a hard working team. I thank them all for all their support.

“We are dedicated to looking at the young athletes, even the young developers–the BMXers. We really want to encourage them. They are coming up the ranks and doing just as Njisane (Phillip) is.

"I know we have a lot of talent out there in cycling. We can’t do anything better than we are doing now. The most we can do is seek the sponsors to assist in developing the sport as we go forward and look forward to our athletes doing well.

"We are going to the Commonwealth Games. I know we have a lot of athletes vying for that. We would really have a good showing out there.”

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