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Blink/Bmobile adds wind to the sails of Olympic hopeful Andrew Lewis

Port of Spain,Trinidad - Blink/Bmobile has thrown its support behind the 2012 London Olympics campaign of local competitive sailor Andrew Lewis. The sponsorship will provide 21 year old Lewis, who is part of T&T’s elite athlete program, with sail equipment, telecom services and other support from Blink/bmobile. Lisa Agard, Executive Vice President Mobile Services and Vice President Legal, noted that Lewis had a determination and maturity way above his years and he exemplified the kind of commitment to excellence that the telecoms giant fully endorsed. Agard was also pleased that Lewis had agreed to have the sponsored equipment donated to the TTSA junior sailing program at the end of his 2012 Olympics campaign.

For over 10 years Lewis has been actively competing in Laser Class events, which involves sailing solo in a small craft and now he is vying to become the first Trinidadian to represent the country in the Laser Class event at the Olympics. The Laser is the most popular dingy being raced in the world today with many of the world’s top sailors having sailed in this class.

“The support of family and sponsors like Blink/Bmobile play a huge role in my success and motivates me to want to do better and to live up to the high expectations they have for me and that I have for myself” said Lewis.

Lewis recently won the Caribbean Championships and next month he will be in Mexico competing in the Pan Am Games where he is confident of doing well. All of his preparations are leading up to a showdown at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship which is also a key qualification event for the 2012 London Olympics. Four years ago he narrowly missed the opportunity to get in on a wild card at the Beijing Olympics but a stronger, wiser Lewis is optimistic about his chances this time around.

And so too is the Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association (TTSA). President Jay Alvi says Lewis is a disciplined, hard working athlete who is passionate about the sport and its development in Trinidad and Tobago. “Andrew is a role model who always makes himself available to coach and mentor young people who are new to sailing. He is very professional about what he does and when he competes he represents Trinidad and Tobago extremely well.”