THA hopes Lalonde's bronze inspires
TOBAGO House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London believes Lalonde Gordon's success in obtaining an Olympic bronze medal will serve as an inspiration to his national team-mates and cause the country to achieve more medal success.
London made the statement in a release issued by the THA yesterday.
Gordon captured the country's first medal in the Olympic Games in London, England, with a 44.52-second run in the men's 400-metre final on Monday.
"London said he expected Lalonde's victory to inspire his national team-mates and would not be surprised if there were medals in the remaining events," the THA release stated yesterday.
London said anyone who looked at Gordon's bronze-medal performance would be impressed by the "sheer determination" he exhibited.
"Anyone looking at the race would have been impressed by the sheer determination that would have propelled Lalonde in the final 30 metres," the THA release stated.
London said he hoped "the young people of Tobago and the rest of the country would recognise that in the final analysis, it was not all about talent or preparation but about determination, focus and an overwhelming desire to succeed".
London also extended congratulations to sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste whom, he said, "should not see herself as failing to win a medal but as a resident of an island of less than 60,000 people, she has emerged as the sixth fastest female sprinter among the over 200 countries in the world."
Baptiste placed sixth in the women's 100-metre sprint final on Saturday.
London also extended best wishes to the other Tobago-born athletes in the country's Olympic team, including Semoy Hackett, Josanne Lucas and Renny Quow.
The THA has committed to celebratory activities for the entire national contingent, dependent on the availability of the athletes, most of whom were US-based.