PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (January 19, 2021) — The Ministry of Sport and Community Development formally announced, last Friday, the appointment of Gabre McTair, as its new Director of Physical Education and Sport Division.
McTair, a seasoned sports professional, has served as a Sport Officer I and acting Assistant Director, with oversight of technical and administrative matters, related to the National governing bodies.
He also was a key liaison between the sporting facilities, stakeholders and the Ministry.
In this new position, McTair has a much more strategic role in the development of Sport, as articulated in the National Sport Policy of Trinidad and Tobago. It speaks to enriching lives, through total participation, quality training, and excellence in Sport, through the development and implementation of projects and programs to support sport development and national development through sport.
The new Director says that his job “manifests itself through acts of service”, and “will continue to educate, influence change in perspective, and assist worthy causes, while supporting the development of sporting talent”,
One initiative, he said he is eager to materialize is, the Healthy Spaces Youth Health TT Initiative, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, where fitness equipment will be installed at various government-owned community centres throughout the twin-island nation.
“This will create improved access to exercise facilities for youth in communities, where gym spaces are either sparse, non-existent, or cost-prohibitive,” Mc Tair declared, adding that he has already left the starting blocks, with his work on the Ministry’s first-ever, comprehensive, digital sports calendar for 2021.
Mc Tair holds: a Certificate in the Art and Science of Coaching from the University of the West Indies (UWI); a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Education and Sport from the International School of Physical Education and Sport in Havana, Cuba; a certificate in Sport Marketing and Management; and diplomas in Sport Psychology and Therapeutic Massage.
He is currently completing his Masters in Sport for Development at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
McTair serves the T&T Powerlifting Federation as the Certified International Powerlifting Federation Category II Referee, and has assisted both the T&T and Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federations with their referee and athlete development over several years.
He has also served as a full-time academic instructor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago; a part-time lecturer with the University of the West Indies; and satisfies his passion for health and fitness as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer.