Legacy of Trevor ‘Big T’ Thwaites

Posted by at 24 November, at 08 : 43 AM Print

Caribupdate weekly editorial November 23, 2017

Family and friends, as well as members of the media and sporting fraternities of Grenada, are still trying to come to grips with the passing, one week ago, of Trevor Thwaites.

Thwaites was one of those bigger than life characters. In fact, his nickname was “Big T’’, and he often referred to himself as a lion.

“Big T’’ was endowed with a grit and determination that, not surprisingly, propelled him into the forefront of national sport. He has the distinction of being among a few Grenadians who have represented the nation in two or more sports.

The umbrella body for sports, the Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC), described his passing “a great loss to us in the GOC’’ and its affiliate associations.

“We are ​​certainly disheartened by the loss of Trevor, a former ​media personnel, national cricketer, boxer, footballer​​ and judge of the Sports Awards Committee panel,’’ the GOC said in a statement of condolence. “Trevor’s passion​ and devotion​ to sports were exceptional as a sports broadcaster and journalist; he made every effort to cover local and regional​football, boxing, athletics and cricket, especially the accomplishments of ​ young athletes.’’

Those who knew Thwaites intimately, as we at Caribupdate Weekly did, will remember him for putting his heart and soul into all his endeavours; whether as a member of the People’s Militia during the 1979-1983 Grenada Revolution; or as a sportsman; or as a broadcaster, reporter or news journalist. Nothing agitated him more than not having the tools – including working space and equipment – to prepare a newscast or radio or television.

If there is legacy that members of the media would like to create in memory of “Big T’’ is to continue with his passion for always striving for excellence and for providing maximum output.

This would require us all to consider upgrading our academic and technical skills, as Thwaites did by travelling overseas to study in England.

It also would require us to have a greater ambition than just creating a following of listeners and viewers by being a popular DJ or talkshow host; or calling ourselves sports journalist by simply reporting the results of games and the scores of matches.

One cannot be a sports journalist without knowing sports or journalism or having some competency in sports or journalism or both; just as it’s impossible for one to be considered a pan player without having a steelpan or knowing how to play it. Without having both, one will simply be “shadowing’’, as pan people would say.

Rest in Peace, Trevor “Big T’’ Thwaites.

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