Felice Chow is first T&T athlete to compete in Rio in rowing competition Saturday

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 19:45

You don't have to wait long to see Trinidad and Tobago's first competitive event at the Olympics, it will be as early as 9.20 Saturday morning.

39-year-old Felice Chow, who became the first Trinidad and Tobago national to ever secure a berth for the red, white and black in the discipline of rowing, will also be the first T&T athlete to compete. 

Chow will be in the Women's Single Sculls Rowing event, getting into action at 9.20 am in Heat 6.

At 39, Chow is older than the average Olympian at this year’s Games.

She grew up on the outskirts of Port-of-Spain and attended St Joseph’s Convent before moving to the US for college and first started rowing while at the University of Miami, where she was working toward dual bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Immunology while on a full academic scholarship.

As a walk-on to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I rowing team, she didn’t have the experience of other athletes who had been recruited from high school rowing teams.

However, her dedication and promise as an athlete were evident and, by the end of her freshman year, she was a member of the top Varsity Women’s boat and on an athletic scholarship.

During her four years at the University of Miami, while maintaining a constant presence on the scholastic honour roll, Chow contributed to some of the institution’s best placements, including gold medals at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta.    

She will seek to do the same for Team T&T on Saturday.

Carter first in pool

Swimmer Dylan Carter will be the first T&T athlete in the pool, swimming the 100-metre freestyle event on Tuesday.

Those heats begin at 12.02 pm, but Carter is expected to splash off at 12.11 pm in Heat 4.

And while the preliminaries get going in the track events nearing the close of the week to determine who will make it into the heats, T&T's first judo athlete Christopher George will be coming up against Yan Naing Soe of Myanmar at 10.03 am next Thursday.

On that same day, swimmer George Bovell III will also splash off in the 50-metre freestyle swimming event in heat 8.

These will be among the first athletes to represent T&T at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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