Written by: Emily Metituk, Canadian SportWORKS Officer, Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Youth Games Support Project
April has been the busiest month by far. At the start of the month my co-worker and I launched the the promotional caravan on Commonwealth Day. We celebrated with the unveiling of our games mascot Cocoyea the leatherback turtle. Our caravan travels around Trinidad to events and schools getting the word out that the games are coming as well as sign up volunteers though our fun & interactive booth.
A part of the the caravan I am most excited about is the thumbprint board. I was inspired by a combination of a signature board and our “Put ya DNA on the games”. We bring it with us to all events, meeting and schools. The board currently is covered in thumbprints from the locals of T&T and will be used as a big welcome from them to the visitors who will also get chances to add to the board. The Commonwealth Games are known as the friendly games and our board will reflect the unity behind it.
Coach EM is back!
In my free time I’ve been lucky enough to find a swim team to coach with. Being a swim coach was something I didn’t think I’d have time for but I realized that it was my missing piece to me living my best life here. I get to teach a Learn to Swim group and coach a competitive group. Being connected with my sport and young swimmers again has helped me really make this place feel like home. The Blue Dolphins swim club has quickly become one of my happy places here. I love the kids, even when they are pushing my buttons and the coaching staff is so supportive, I’m so happy to have found a spot on their team. We hosted a fun meet to show off the Learn to Swim kids new skills and it’s definitely an idea I’ll be brining to my swim club back home.
As always thanks for checking in on the adventure
Have a great day and I’ll catch ya later