Rajiv Rampersad, the recently elected chairman of the T&T Secondary Schools North Zone Basketball League for the next two years, says his newly installed executive is targeting a very smooth and successful staging of this year's competition.
Rampersad, a physical education teacher at Queen's Royal College (QRC) was speaking at the opening of the North Zone competition which featured three exhibition matches at the Raymond Reid basketball court, Nelson Mandela Park in St Clair, Port-of-Spain, on Wednesday.
An upbeat Rampersad said, "My new role as chairman of the North Zone is a new role for me being a teacher but it will in no way limit me or my executive from ensuring that this year's competition is very successful and also in the years to come."
Allison Bastien, secretary of the North Zone said, "It's our first attempt at staging the North Zone competition having only been elected last November and we are hoping to see progress being made by all the teams that compete as time goes by."
In the opening exhibition match, a girls contest, South East Port-of-Spain (SEPoS) and East Mucurapo Secondary combined to edge Holy Name Convent 6-5 while in the boys' competition, QRC rallied past St Mary's College 25-18 and Fatima College crushed Success/Laventille Secondary, 40-4.
North Zone Executive:
Rajiv Rampersad (chairman), Matthew Holder: Vice-Chairman, Allison Bastien (secretary), Sandra Boney-Yorke (treasurer), Judy Straker (assistant secretary/public relations officer)
U-15 Division: St Mary's College, Success/Laventille, SEPoS, East Mucurapo, St Francis Boys, St James Gov't, Woodbrook, QRC, Fatima, West Mucurapo, Tranquillity.
U-17 Division: Morvant/Laventille, St Mary's College, Success/Laventille, SEPoS, Trinity College, East Mucurapo, St Francis Boys Sec., Woodbrook, QRC, Fatima, West Mucurapo Sec., Tranquillity Government.
U-20 Division: St Mary's College, Success/Laventille, SEPoS, East Mucurapo, QRC, Fatima, West Mucurapo, Tranquillity, St Anthony's.
East Mucurapo, SEPoS, Success/Laventille, Holy Name Convent, International School, West Mucurapo