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Triple gold medallist makes father proud

By STEPHON NICHOLAS Wednesday, July 22 2009

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PAN AM Junior champion cyclist Njisane Phillips with his proud father Nicholson at Piarco Airport on Monday. ...
PAN AM Junior champion cyclist Njisane Phillips with his proud father Nicholson at Piarco Airport on Monday. ...

NICHOLSON PHILLIPS, father of Junior Pan Am triple cycling gold medallist Njisane Phillips was at the Piarco International Airport on Monday to greet his son.

Last week the youngster announced his arrival as a cycling star on the international stage with a brilliant performance at the 2009 Pan Am Junior Cycling Championships.

Njisane returned with an unprecedented three gold medals in the Individual Match Sprint, Keirin and Kilometre Time Trial and was part of the TT trio that claimed bronze in the Team Sprint.

Speaking to Newsday, Nicholson gushed that he was extremely proud of his son’s achievements. “I’m very proud because I know it’s been a lot of hard work,” he said.

Nicholson revealed that he was not surprised by the fantastic medal haul of his son because he knew the input he had put in. ”I don’t like to check the chickens before they are hatched but I knew he would have done well,” Nicholson stated boldly.

“He’s been training in Miami, US recently and at the last Pan Am Championships in Ecuador he got silver and bronze. He was not settling for less this year,” he added.

Nicholson revealed that he and Njisane have been inseparable and he supports him in person, financially and emotionally.

Meanwhile, Njisane has called on the relevant authorities to provide better tracks and facilities so young cyclists, such as he, can maximise their potential.

Njisane will begin school in September at the highly rated International Cycling Union (UCI) Training Centre, Switzerland. The school is one of the most premier cycling institutions in the world noted for producing the best riders.

Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation (TTCF) president, Robert Farrier noted that the impressive performance of the TT team was the continuation of cycling’s great tradition in TT and expected more good results in the future. “Cycling is enjoyed by a large majority of people. We got Junior Pan Am medals last year and we see cycling as still being out there as a major sport and most of all delivering,” he said.

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