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Augustus 2013’s best at Queen’s Park Awards

By BY Mark Pouchet

QPCC batsman Jonathan Augustus was named the QPCC Sports Personality 2013 when the club hosted its Annual Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception 2013 at the Country Ballroom of the Queen’s Park Oval on Friday night.
Augustus topped the averages during the season with 110.66 from 332 runs in seven innings in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Sunday League competition, which Queen’s Park won.
In the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Premier League , the hard-hitting right handed batsman compiled 446 runs, the second highest aggregate with a highest score of 103 and an average of 31.1.
The Club considered three other nominees for the award, including John Holley (squash), Dominic Young (hockey) and Benedict Barrett (football).
Charlotte Knaggs (squash) was named the 2013 Junior Sport Personality.
Knaggs’s highlights include reaching the third round of the US Junior Open. The Wycliffe College UK based student was also the plate winner (fifth) at the Welsh Junior Open in the Girls Under-19 Division.
Regionally, she was crowned champion in the Girls Under-19 Division when Trinidad hosted the Caribbean Junior Squash Championships in July. Knaggs has also been offered a spot at Cornell University, the number six ranked women’s university team in the USA, which she will take up in August 2014.
President of QPCC and former West Indies wicketkeeper Deryck Murray observed a moment’s silence for deceased Parkite Michael Valdez, the former national and regional tennis champion.
Murray also said that 2013 has been “yet another fabulous year in the history of this great club of ours.” 
In the feature address, Dr Ian Hypolite, a psychiatrist by profession but also the coach of World Championships Men’s 400 m hurdler Jehue Gordon, addressed the issue of “Producing a champion”, the title of his speech.
Hypolite said the classic definition of a champion is someone who has obviously excelled in his or her particular field and moved beyond the ordinary by his or her performance. Local examples he said include the examples of Brian Lara, Hasely Crawford, Ato Boldon, George Bovell and his own Gordon among others.
But he said the untraditional definition also applies to all the people coaches have mentored along the way, the majority of whom are unlikely to scale the heights of achievement of those outstanding athletes.
“Those who have managed to overcome variously defined obstacles but who have managed to make their coaches proud and whose coaches have managed to get them to perform beyond expectations. The performance to which I refer is not limited to the sporting arena,” Hypolite said.
He said very few coaches have the fortune to mentor a global, regional or national champion but “many (coaches) have the opportunity to impact the lives of several who turn out to be highly productive citizens.”
Hypolite said it took him just under 20 years coaching before he could produce a champion like Gordon, but that his experience treating with all different levels of athletic ability previously had honed him for the opportunity.
Hypolite explained that his journey began with the failures and other successes he had that did not gain wider public scrutiny because not everyone is born with the innate ability and talent to become a champion.
“I have said on many an occasion that the best coach in the world cannot convert a mule into a stallion, but it is distinctly possible for him to produce  very good mules.”
“Producing a champion has as much to do with the content you have to work with as with the quality of the work you do,” Hypolite said.
Hypolite explained that the modern day coach has to be a jack of all trades but a master of one: coaching.
He said his personal experience was that he had to manage Gordon himself, among the other interests: physio, massage therapist, nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach and sponsors, to make sure everything is in balance.
He told the gathering taht at the end of the day, you dream and plan and commit to prepare as best you can and you need some luck as well, citing the example of Michael Tinsdale, who was runner up to Gordon in Barcelona in that nail-biting finish 400 metres hurdle final, which Gordon won in a photo finish.
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