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Laying the foundation for Squash Tobago

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The introduction of new sporting discipline to Tobago is a key strategy for the Tobago sport development. This approach is in motion with the a recent partnership with stakeholder the Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association (TTSA) to introduce Squash to Tobago’s sporting landscape. With technical support from the Department of Sport, TTSA and professional Coach Keith Griffiths hosted a two-day “Squash Camp” at the Grafton Beach Resort Squash Court for children in the area.

Griffith shared, “The response has been fantastic! We’ve had a few kids come in and we worked with them to develop their physical literacy and introduce them to squash, similarly to what we did with the first batch of children earlier this year. The goal is to help them develop from play to the podium and really tap into their potential.” He added, “We are also to create a Squash Committee based here on the island to really be the driving force of developing the sport in Tobago. As I’ve said before, there are so many opportunities available through Squash, not to mention all the health benefits.”

Sport Development Officer II in the Department of Sport, Pietra Gaye, echoed Griffiths sentiments noting, “The expansion of sport in Tobago will serve to broaden the horizons of our athletes. When we introduce new disciplines, new opportunities to push the boundaries of what’s possible. The Division remains committed to increasing the reach of sport so everyone can have a chance to achieve greatness.”

Griffiths hopes to be back in Tobago in March 2020 to meet with the committee and continue working with young athletes. He is also asking persons who may be interested in being a part of the efforts to contact his local associate Kenneth Bissoon at 371-3250 for further information.