FMT Sports Club took away the lion’s share of awards, to be named Club of the Year as the Trinidad and Tobago Badminton Association (TTBA) held its annual awards ceremony at the National Cycling Centre, Couva, on Sunday.
FMT’s Renaldo Sinanan and T’shelle Barnes won the Male and Female Junior Players of the Year respectively, while FMT’s Melvin Thomas took the Coach of the Year title.
Shuttle Force Badminton Club had an impressive evening as well, securing both senior titles. Jada Renales copped the Female Player of the Year, while Alistair Espinoza was crowned the Male Player of the Year, but FMT got the nod for the Club of the Year award by sweeping the juniors.
FMT coach Thomas spoke about the club’s success and the importance of having a strong support staff.
“I would like to highlight the coaching staff at the club, because without them none of this is possible. We have plans and objectives that we set out to achieve throughout each age group level, just like in any other club, but the secret is implementing the plan and that is where the hard work begins,” he said.
Discussing the success of his junior athletes, Thomas said, “Remember, the majority of coaching is voluntary and this is the best part about this whole thing, the joy in seeing these youths and the new wave of athletes reach their potential and blossom into future stars of the sport.”
Sinanan, Male Under 19 and Junior Player of the Year, said he tapped into his potential last year and reached another level in his performance.
“Throughout the year, I was basically telling myself take each game one at a time, do not stress yourself and stay focused in the moment.
By doing that, it took pressure off of me as I was able to take my time and execute my abilities at the right time,” he said. The Sixth Form student at Holy Cross College continued, “These awards have a major say in my career so far, because they remind me of the hard work I have invested over the year, and this not only encourages me to work harder to surpass these achievements, but to also adopt this mindset throughout life.”
Shuttle Force’s Relitsa Wong claimed the Under-19 Female Player of the year and said, “Throughout the season, I have seen significant improvements in my game which brought a lot of success this year, including this title.”
Wong, who will be considered a senior heading into the 2018 season, added, “I am very happy to use this moment as motivation for me to keep moving forward and achieving greater success in 2018 and pushing myself harder in upcoming tournaments.”
Age Group Awards
Under 11 Male - Nadav Singh
Under 11 Female - T’shelle Barnes
Under 13 Male - Travis Sinanan
Under 13 Female - Amara Joachim
Under 15 Male - Reece Marcano
Under 15 Female - Cathline Ramroop
Under 17 Male - Leon Cassie
Under 17 Female - Sandhya Cassie
Under 19 Male - Renaldo Sinanan
Under 19 Female - Relitsa Wong
Senior Male - Alistair Espinoza
Senior Female - Jada Renales
Junior Player of the Year Male - Renaldo Sinanan
Junior Player of the Year Female - T’shelle Barnes
Masters - Derek Singh, Andre Lewis
Most Improved Male - Vance Juteram
Most Improved Female - T’shelle Barnes
Most Improved Club - Central Badminton Academy and Club (CBAC)
Club of the Year - FMT Sports Club
Coach of the Year - Melvin Thomas.