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Pitt urges youths to continue striving

Sport and Youth Affairs Secretary Jomo Pitt alongside the winners of the 2019 Youth Awards at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort last Thursday.  - DAVID REID
Sport and Youth Affairs Secretary Jomo Pitt alongside the winners of the 2019 Youth Awards at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort last Thursday. - DAVID REID

Fresh off their win at the National Youth Awards in Trinidad just over a month ago, the Charlotteville Police Youth Club was once again in the spotlight.

On Thursday, the club led by Woman Police Constable Rheanne Moore received the award for most outstanding youth organisation in Tobago, at the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Division of Youth and Sport Affairs' Youth awards ceremony 2019 held at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort. The event was held under the theme, “Créme de la créme”.

Xavier Edwards, left, collects the award for performing arts at Youth Awards 2019 last Thursday. - DAVID REID

Other awardees included Jabez John for agriculture, Xavier Edwardz for performing arts, Shaquille Sylvester for youth in media, Shantelle Dillon for entrepreneurship, Aneisia Taylor for youth service, Ayla Stanisclaus for youth triumph, Tyreek Mhabal for youth leader, Treverra James and Kelisha Parks for Education, Tricia Guy for health/wellness, Alana Alleyne for youth mentor, Mt St George Police Youth Club for most improved youth organisation, Canaan-Bon Accord Police Youth Club for most effective youth programme and Raie Ann Beckles (Scarborough Secondary School) for student leadership.

Jazz singer Sharon Phillips, left, and guitarist Kachief Wilson perform at Youth Awards 2019 last Thursday. - DAVID REID

During his remarks, Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs Jomo Pitt urged the media to continue to shine light on the young people who are excelling as he threw out a challenge to both the nominees and the winners.

“To the nominees and winners, the reason why you are here is because someone or some entity believes that what you have contributed to the landscape of Tobago and Trinidad and Tobago is worthy of acknowledgement. The nominees, if you don’t win tonight, don’t let that be a hurdle or a challenge, next year, you have to ensure that we don’t have repeat winners... that the same winners this year, don’t come back next year. You have a challenge to dethrone them.

Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs Jomo Pitt speaks at the 2019 Youth Awards held on Thursday at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort, Lowlands. - DAVID REID

"To the eventual winners, obviously, the spotlight would be on you, you have to make an attempt to repeat and set the benchmark so high that it is beyond approach.”

Pitt once again congratulated the seven Tobagonians who won awards at this year's National Youth Awards in Trinidad.

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