SANTA CRUZ, Trinidad (Sunday, November 8): T&T’s reigning Olympic
men’s javelin gold medallist Keshorn Walcott took some time off his pre-
season training for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to
visit the Santa Cruz United Football Academy at the Brian Lara Recreational
Grounds, Santa Cruz on Saturday, November, 7. Walcott’s visit was part of
the Academy’s mentorship programme and shared young footballers on how
hard he trained to excel in his sport of javelin. He told how he threw
coconuts and mangos on the beach (in Toco) as part of his preparation. The
22 year old also encouraged them to be disciplined in order to be successful.
Walcott also showed off his dribbling and ball skills for the youngsters. He
played on the Toco Secondary football team whilst a student at the school.
Walcott was one of many sports celebrities to spike to the youngsters
recently. West Indies and T&T cricketer Dwayne Bravo also visited the
The Santa Cruz United Football Academy is run by head coach and
president Ricardo Brizam along with his staff. The Academy is open to
youngsters between the ages from five to 16 years and meets on
Wednesday and Thursday (5pm to 7pm) and Saturday (9am11:30am).