The Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago, as part of its support to National Governing Bodies (NGBs) has inked a deal with American Erin Hartwell to become the Technical Director attached to the Trinidad & Tobago Cycling Federation.
The contract will see the former national cyclist installed at the National Cycling Velodrome, with responsibility for the management, administration and programming for the sport, as well as the lead on coaching development and High Performance. Hartwell's appointment is expected to take the national cycling program through the quadrennial period to the 2020 Olympic Games.
On the appointment, Hartwell was upbeat and excited. "I'm happy to be back in Trinidad & Tobago. There is a wealth of talent here that must be honed, on and off the track. The Velodrome is a positive addition to the cycling architecture in this country and will certainly be the backdrop of everything we do from now until the 2020 Olympics."
President of the TTCF Robert Farrier was also pleased at the appointment. "This is an important step for cycling in Trinidad and Tobago. We now have the platform upon which to develop a rigorous and structured national programme from tinymite to elite, and including coach development which is critical to the sport's sustainability and growth. Erin's knowledge and experience will be invaluable and we appreciate his commitment to the sport in this country."
Hartwell is scheduled to arrive in September but will be taking a keen interest in the country's top athletes in action against the best in the hemisphere during the Elite Pan Am Cycling Championships to be held in Trinidad later this month.