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24 April 2021 | in FISU Student Ambassadors

TSATT’s Journey to a FISU World University Games medalist

Trinidad & Tobago NUSF ambassador articleTertiary Sport Association of Trinidad and Tobago (TSATT), a member federation of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), has gone from strength to strength during the FISU World University Games since the National University Sports Federation (NUSF) joined as a member association in 2013. The country had two representatives participate in the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade, reached the semi-finals in the Gwangju 2015 Summer Universiade, had one finalist in the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade and won a silver medal during the Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade.

 

Trinidad & Tobago NUSF ambassador article 3“We’ve progressed nicely,” said Mr. Pritchard, president of Trinidad and Tobago’s NUSF, “We have hopes of a Gold Medal finish in the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games.” Besides representation in sporting activities, successful candidates have also represented TSATT at the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy (FVLA) since 2017.

 

Their journey started in 2007 after an initiative was taken up by the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) to encourage students to engage in sporting activities, where inter-campus events were introduced amongst their 10 satellite campuses. The UTT students engaged in Football, Wind ball and T-20 Cricket, Beach Volleyball and Football, Table tennis, Dragon Boat, and their own annual Sports Day. It was only two short years before interest in these events peaked and attracted the attention of other universities. From this was born the Inter-University Events in 2009, with participation from the University of the West Indies (UWI), the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) and the College of Science, Technology & Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT). Both the Inter-Campus and Inter-University Events were organised, managed, and financially supported by UTT.  One year later steps were taken to form a joint organisation to facilitate the participation of additional institutions.  With the first President, Vice President and Treasurer’s positions held by UTT staff members and representatives from other institutions, TSATT was formed in 2010.

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In 2011, Mr. Moriba Baker – then president of TSATT – and Lyndell Hoyte-Sanchez – staff member – travelled to the FISU World University Games to source information on how to become a member federation of FISU. Upon their return, TSATT became a fully registered member federation and two years later marked the beginning of their progressive participation. To date, TSATT comprises of ten member institutions. Through the use of social media, newsletters and the website, the Trinidad and Tobago’s NUSF continues to support, encourage, and educate the member institutions on the importance of participation in sporting activities. These platforms are also utilised to promote sporting activities organised by the member institutions.

 

In today’s social climate, impacted by Corona Virus, TSATT has hopes of engaging students in small-sided activities such as skills and shooting competitions, in Netball and Football that adhere to the sanitary protocols in place. By the end of 2021, the Association hopes to build partnerships with the National Federations of Trinidad and Tobago to further promote education on sporting activities among university students and have continued participation in the FISU World University Games. Looking further into the future, TSATT would like to make Trinidad and Tobago the host nation of FISU University World Championship Events such as 3 x 3 Basketball, T-20 Cricket and Beach Volleyball. However, Mr. Pritchard expressed that for him, the most exciting events in the near future, is its continued excellent representation at the FVLA and the FISU University World Cup Qualifiers in October 2021.

 

 

Written by FISU Ambassador: Malaika Dedier