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Acting PM: shining example of hard work

Monday, August 6, 2012
Tributes to Lalonde Gordon
Jack Warner


Acting Prime Minister Jack Warner yesterday congratulated Lalonde Gordon and described his bronze medal success at the Olympic Games as a shining example of hard work and dedication. He said that the achievement proved that hard work had its rewards: “It is my hope that his win will be an inspiration to our youths who are in need of positive role models.” Gordon captured bronze in the men’s 400 metres event and clocked his personal best of 44.52 seconds, the second time he broke his personal record in as many days. “On behalf of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, I wish not only to congratulate Lalonde for distinguishing himself in his field but to thank him for bringing honour to our country and for ensuring that London 2012 is a memorable Olympic meet for Trinbagonians everywhere,” said Warner.
Warner also commended Njisane Phillips who placed fourth in the cycle sprint event: “It is the highest achievement of a local in the sport and indeed our young cyclist impressed the international community with his skills. I am sure we have only seen a taste of what this young man is capable of.” Warner noted that Jehue Gordon had positioned himself among the top hurdlers in the world with his sixth place finish in the 400 metres hurdle, just like Richard Thompson who placed 7th in the men’s 100 metres finals: “Jehue has ensured that we have established our presence among the top athletes in his field.” Warner said it was important to show support and encouragement to the T&T athletes, particularly the young ones so that they would continue to chase gold, hopefully with greater success, after London 2012 is over. He said he would be speaking with the Prime Minister and Minister of Sports, Anil Roberts, who would advise on what tributes and welcome plans the country would offer. 


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