Trinity College Dragon Boat Team "One Ton Warriors"
Dragon Boat paddling was introduced to Trinidad and Tobago in 2006, however it was in 2008 that the Trinity College “One Ton Warriors” got involved in the sport. The sport, if one has to describe it in one word, is all about synchronisation; 20 paddlers moving to the rhythm of a drummer and steered by a helmsperson. Dragon Boat paddling was introduced to the school by now retired Physics teacher, Mr. John Ming Hon, who continues to coach the team today at Chaguramas.
Trinity College ‘One Ton Warriors’ has built up quite a reputation as a fierce competitor and a favourite at the regattas that the team participates in. The competition year starts off with the Excellent Stores Limited Secondary Schools’ Regatta which tends to be around the end of March and the Chinese Bicentennial Regatta which is held at or around the celebration of the Chinese National Day also known as ‘Double Ten’. In 2015, the team entered into the Tobago House of Assembly Regatta and performed exceptionally.
The categories that the team participates in are the Open category which is loosely known as the All Male category. Any number of females who are members of both Trinity College’s Sixth form and the dragon boat team can make up the team of paddlers. The Mixed Category rules dictates that the team must have at least 8 female paddlers in a 20 paddler boat or 4 females in a 10 paddler boat. Between the years 2010 to 2013, we collaborated with Bishop Anstey High School, but now the girls of St. Joseph’s Convent train with the team while also training with their team. The race length is 200m. The following is a listing of the team’s accomplishments over the past few years.
Excellent Stores Limited Secondary Schools’ Regatta (formerly Excellent Stores/High Sierra Secondary Schools’ Regatta)
2009- 1st place Mixed Standard Boat
2010, 2011, 2012 – 1st Mixed Standard Boat (collaboration team with Bishop Anstey High School)
2012- 1st place Open Standard
2013- 2nd place in Mixed Standard Boat (collaboration team with Bishop Anstey High School, 1st place in Open Standard
2014- 1st place Mixed Standard Boat (collaboration team with St. Joseph’s Convent), 2nd place in Open Standard Boat
2015- 1st place Mixed Standard Boat (collaboration team with St. Joseph’s Convent), 2nd place in Open Standard Boat
2016- 1st place in Open Standard Boat and 1st in Mixed Small Boat Categories
Chinese Bicentennial Regatta
2012- 1st and 2nd place in Small Boat Open Category
2013- 1st place in Open and Mixed Standard Boat categories
2014 1st in Mixed Standard Boat, 3rd in Small Boat Open (Division A)
2015- 1st in Mixed Standard, 2nd in Open Standard Boat Category
2016 – 2nd Open Small Boat Category (U21)
2016 – 1st Mixed Small Boat Category (U21)
Tobago House of Assembly regatta
2015- 1st Mixed small Boat Category
2016 – 3rd Open Small Boat Category (U21)
2016 – 1st Mixed Small Boat Category (U21)
With the growing popularity of the sport, the team, with the assistance of the Trinity College’s Parent Teachers’ Association, the ‘Soka in Moka’ committee and other benefactors purchased the school’s own dragon boat in 2013. This purchase has been instrumental in maintaining the high standard that the team is recognised for and ensuring that interest continues among the students of the school.
The Trinity College ‘One Ton Warriors’ continue to set bigger goals in sight however in the meantime, we will continue to maintain the high standard that we are known for.
This team has proven time and time again that with hard work and discipline, success is attainable and as our chant proclaims “WE ARE THE WARRIORS OF TRINITY! FOREVER CHAMPIONS!”
Trinity College Football Team "Lions"
Trinity College fields four teams: Form 1, Under 14, Under 16 and Premier Division. In the 2016 season, the form 1 team were competitive and have unearthed such talents as Josiah Wilson and Jesus Phillip. The under 14 team performed creditably as well, finishing third in their group. The under 16 team finished second in their group and it is hoped that they make the step up to the premier division in 2017 to continue the success attained at that level. The premier division team finished mid table and were the third best finishers of the North Zone, finishing above Fatima College, Queen’s Royal College and East Mucurapo Secondary. However, the greatest achievement of the 2016 season was in the Intercol competition where the team overcame overwhelming favourites St. Anthony’s College to win the North Zone Intercol title for the first time in 36 years. It is hoped that more success is achieved in the coming season.
Trinity College Debate Team
The Trinity College debate team has been around for the past 8 years and has successfully entered the 2 major debate competitions; RBC Royal bank and Republic bank debates. In 2013 Trinity College won the Republic bank debate competition and were runners up in the 2014 edition. The school continues to maintain its presence as a strong competitor in the top tier of these competitions.