"LIFE does not require that we be the best, only that we try our best."
This was the statement from acting Sport Minister Jack Warner in response to swimmer George Bovell's performance in the 50 metre freestyle final at the London Olympics yesterday.
Bovell finished seventh in yesterday's final, clocking a time of 21.82 seconds.
Warner yesterday sent an email expressing "most heartfelt and sincere congratulations" to Bovell on behalf of the government and the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
"At the age of 29, George has already done his country and people proud. He brought us bronze in 2004 and in this his fourth Olympic appearance he has made it into the finals, performing in what was a very close contest," Warner stated.
Bovell had previously represented this country at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
The pinnacle of his Olympic performances was in 2004 when Bovell captured the country's first medal in swimming.
He won a bronze medal in the men's 200 metre Individual Medley at the 2004 Olympics.
"For his efforts, courage and his determination me must salute our athlete. It is by no means a trivial thing to have made it thus far," Warner stated.
"To George we say: 'Good job! We love you and we are proud. You have flown the flag of Trinidad and Tobago high and brought us pride. We look forward to many more great things from you in the future'," he added.