TALENTED TEEN: Trinidad and Tobago cyclist Quincy Alexander shows off his Pan American Track Cycling Championships gold medal at the Ministry of Sport welcome reception in the VIP Lounge at Piarco International Airport yesterday. Alexander returned to T&T from the event in Argentina where he became the youngest-ever Pan Am Champs gold medallist in winning the kilometre time trial.
–Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY
Alexander: My best performance
Trinidad and Tobago cyclist Quincy Alexander has dubbed his gold medal ride in Thursday’s kilometre time trial at the Pan American Track Cycling Championships in Argentina as one of his best performances and he is looking forward to more of the same in the future.
“This is one of my best performances. This is about the seventh time I rode the kilo ever and it has been really great from the start to the finish. It was a really good ride,” he told the media during a welcome reception in the VIP Lounge at Piarco International Airport yesterday.
Also securing gold in Argentina was T&T's Njisane Phillip, who won the match sprint final over his COPACI (Pan American) region rival, Venezuela’s Hersony Canelon.
Phillip, who broke the track record in the Flying 200 in qualifying for the match sprint clocking 10.377 seconds on the 250-metre concrete track, has returned to his training base in the United States.
Phillip is expected in Trinidad on Friday when the Ministry of Sport will have another ceremony and will be inviting Alexander to attend.
Alexander received a $3,000 voucher for equipment from the Ministry yesterday.
The cyclist said his success in Argentina “is all because of Beacon Insurance, my management, Robert Farrier, Des Dickie, my family. It was a team effort.
“It is becoming a family affair and when people show us hate I show them love. This gold medal here today is just more love and I think you all will be seeing more love from me,” Alexander added.
The 18-year-old, who is now the youngest-ever Pam Am Champs gold medallist, has qualified for the Track Cycling World Championships to be held in Australia next month but wants to remain grounded and not get ahead of himself.
“I always keep composed. It does not make any sense getting too over-confident. Always know to yourself that you can do it. Just keep composed,” said Alexander who was greeted by his parents, Nigel and Ann Marie, as well as Arima MP Rodger Samuel, who represented Minister of Sport Anil Roberts who could not attend the function.
Alexander explained that “the World Championships in Australia, I just qualified for that after my triumph in the Senior Pan American Championships and gearing up for that I know my training will be starting back on Monday.
“My coaching staff and I will be working together so I can get the best results out of the Worlds.
“This is the World Championships. The best is there. I am going and I am really elated because of my age. And not many people get to go at this young age. I am really elated to go,” Alexander added.
MP Samuel congratulated Alexander on his achievement and insisted: “I don’t think the world has seen anything yet from this young man.
“I know his name will live on in the cycling fraternity for many years and that the world at large will know about Quincy Alexander, will hear about Quincy Alexander and will fear Quincy Alexander,” Samuel added.