Sunday, January 21, 2018

QPCC to host sporting heroes lime


PAST AND PRESENT: Former and current Trinidad and Tobago sporting personalities pose with officials during the launch of the QPCC/First Citizens first Sporting Heroes Brunch Lime at the Queen's Park Oval yesterday. From left, standing, are QPCC marketing committee chairman Colin Murray, Leroy De Leon, Alvin Corneal, Richard Nieves, former QPCC president Willie Rodriguez, Deryck Murray and Jean Mouttet. Seated, from left, are First Citizens chief information officer Warren Sookdar, national hockey player Stacy Siu Butt and QPCC president Bruce Aanansen. —Photo courtesy Corbin Communications

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Queen's Park Cricket Club (QPCC) and First Citizens will team up to host the Sporting Heroes Reunion Brunch Lime at the Queen's Park Oval on Carnival Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Queen's Park and the event's premier sponsors yesterday launched the event at the President's Box of the Oval.

The "Lime" will try to merge the Carnival festivities with a sporting celebration. It is aimed at bringing together Trinidad and Tobago sporting legends and stalwarts to recognise them for their contributions to local sport.

The event will also serve as a fund-raiser for the QPCC national development fund, which the club is in the process of organising. QPCC are hoping the Lime will become an annual one, with 50 per cent proceeds going towards the fund.

Queen's Park president Bruce Aanansen thanked QPCC member Ronald Murray in particular for his "brainchild" in conceiving the event. He also said it was fitting for past national heroes to be recognised and to engage with their contemporaries.

"We want to recognise on this Sunday the sporting heroes of our country going back as far as we can get them, to come, to recognise them and to reminisce…," Aanansen told the gathering at the press launch.

QPCC marketing committee chairman Colin Murray added that they also intend to approach other sponsors to purchase tables even if they cannot attend, so that some former sportsmen who cannot purchase tickets will be able to attend.

First Citizens chief information officer Warren Sookdar saw a "great opportunity" in supporting the event.

"The upcoming reunion/brunch is a rare opportunity for the sporting community to come together to recognise excellence, to deepen camaraderie, and in our own way to continue to build a better Trinidad and Tobago," he said.

Sookdar also hoped to see younger local athletes "carry the torch" in "setting the bar even higher for sports achievement".