Sookoor Brahim, 97, with some of his track and medals.
The 97 Year Old Jogger - Sookoor Brahim
JUNE 18 was no ordinary day for 97-year-old Sookoor Brahim, a former national runner.
Brahim celebrated his 97th birthday that day with a surprise celebration that took place at Skinner Park in San Fernando-the place where he has been exercising for the past 45 years.
The celebration, which included friends and family took place after his routine exercise in the afternoon.
Brahim who was born in San Fernando in 1915 was a draughtsman for 41 years with Petrotrin then called the Trinidad Leasehold Limited (TLL). He continued working for the company when the name changed to Texaco Trinidad.
When he worked at the oil company, he would normally knock at the gate at Skinner Park at 5 a.m. so that the watchman could open it for him, the Express was told.
It was at the park where he met former national track and field coach, Zeno Constance (since deceased) who encouraged him to participate in World Masters Athletics (WAVA).
WAVA is a competition featuring events of track and field, road running and cross country running. Persons over the age of 35 participate in these events.
In 1990, Brahim won two medals, a gold and a bronze at the WAVA games held in Trinidad. In 1994 he represented this country in the WAVA games held in Edmonton, Canada. He placed first in 100 metre race and second in the 200 metre race. Brahim was 79 at that time.
Brahim has three children and six grandchildren. And he is not the only one with the longevity gene. He has one brother alive, who is 93-years-old.