After breaking his own world record in the men’s discus event and winning Gold for Trinidad and Tobago at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Peru, para-athlete Akeem Stewart and his coach, Wade Franklyn, were celebrated on their return to Tobago on Tuesday evening (September 3, 2019). Stewart threw a distance of 63.70m, shattering the 63.03m record he set in Toronto in 2015. He went on to cop silver in the men’s Javelin event.
On hand to welcome them at the ANR Robinson International Airport was Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly, Hon. Kelvin Charles, Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs, Assemblyman Jomo Pitt, representatives of the Scarborough Secondary School Alumni Association and members of Akeem’s family. Stewart and Franklyn were presented with flowers and Akeem also received a plaque commemorating his achievements. In his remarks, Stewart expressed gratitude for the support he continues to receive. He said, “I would like to thank everyone who came out here tonight to support me. I would like to thank the Tobago House of Assembly for putting on some good meets this year, which helped me for the Parapan games. I really appreciate it. Thank you very much.” Speaking on his gold medal winning performance Akeem shared, “I had faith and confidence in my talent and my abilities, so I went out and did my best.” Akeem is now setting his sights on the Para-World Championships which will be held in Dubai this November.
In a brief address, the Chief Secretary noted, “Here we have someone who has excelled and of course, we ought to take from this individual the pattern and say to ourselves and the world that Tobago has talent, Tobago has skills, Tobago can compete successfully in any part of the globe, in almost any field of endeavor and come out on top.” Charles added, “The Tobago House of Assembly through the Division of Sport and Youth Affairs will continue to provide all the support that we can in the context that we have as we seek to develop our island through sport and through the development of our young people.”