Last June, BMX Freestyle was officially inducted into the Olympic Games and will make its debut in Tokyo in 2020. Though disorganised, it's been very popular across Trinidad and Tobago. The local sport's most famous face is Trevlon Hall.
On Tuesday, the president of the T&T BMX Freestyle Association sat down in a meeting with a small team of officials including Minister of Sport & Youth Affairs Darryl Smith, SporTT CEO Jason Williams and Cycling Technical Director Erin Hartwell to look at the possibility and future of the local sport.
The entire party did a tour of the Couva hub and a Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs media release confirmed Minister Smith agreed that the construction of a Park "will contribute to the vision of Couva becoming a hub for sporting activity, especially given the current transformation of the Ato Boldon Stadium and surrounding lands being developed into the ‘Home of Football’ for the TT Football Association."
The release also said Hartwell, who recently returned from a successful World Cup competition in Belarus with the country’s leading track cyclists, applauded Hall’s initiative, saying that it complements the international trends in the sport and would improve Trinidad and Tobago’s bid to become one of five regional development centres for the UCI, cycling’s world governing body.
The release said discussions among the stakeholders will continue as more information comes to hand about the BMX Freestyle Park project, which can be multipurpose to accommodate skateboarding, another popular international sport which is growing locally.
Photo: Ministry of Sport & Youth Affairs