TSTT gives hopeful athletes a chance at Beijing Olympics 2008

Trinidad - 800 male and female junior athletes are expected to face off in bmobile’s “Olympic Dash” challenge event next month. The athletes will participate in a demanding series of 400 metre races with the winning male and female participant getting all expenses-paid prizes to see the Olympics live in Beijing.

“Participating in the Olympics is every young athlete’s dream but the next best thing is seeing it in person as a spectator” said Natasha Davis, Head of Marketing Communications at TSTT. Davis explained that the “Olympic Dash” program was developed to promote health and fitness among young people while at the same time build support for Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic team. The event is also being supported by the TSTT Foundation which promotes, health and sport initiatives geared at youth development. Davis said that any young male or female between the ages of 13 to 17 can register. “Over the period of one month the athletes will participate in a challenging series of elimination races. Only the fittest and the fastest will make it to the finals on June 8th where one male and one female runner will emerge victorious and take home the grand prizes worth over $100,000 each.”

The preliminaries are being staged at five stadiums to give athletes and their supporters access to the location that is most convenient to them. Races will be held in the Manny Ramjohn Stadium (May 10th), Hasely Crawford Stadium (May 11th), Ato Boldon Stadium (May 14th), Larry Gomes Stadium (May 18th), and Dwight Yorke Stadium (May 22nd), starting at 9 a.m. each day. The Quarter finals will be on June 7th and the grand Finals will be on June 8th. Both events will start at 9:00AM in the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.