Shafer in T&T for Commissaire CourseGary Acosta
Thursday, October 8 2015
UCI International Commissaire, Randall Shafer recently arrived in Trinidad to conduct a three-day Commissaire course in the cycling disciplines of Track & Road. The course which will be held at the SPORTT Company’s Head Office on Henry Street, Port of Spain from Friday – Sunday will create 15 new National Commissaires for T&T’s cycling operation.
President of the TTCF, Robert Farrier, greeted the well decorated and respected Commissaire upon his arrival and expressed his delight that such a course has become a reality. With the opening of the state of the art National Cycling Centre nearing, Farrier noted that the need for qualified and knowledgeable officials to govern cycling in T&T will be ever so more important. The expected increase in the number of cycling events will as well require a larger College of Commissaires to function and properly officiate these events.
TTCF President, Robert Farrier (left) & UCI International Commissaire, Randy Shafer (right)
Shafer is no stranger to Trinidad though, he was the President of the Commissaire’s Panel for T&T’s first ever UCI Sanctioned event, Easter Grand Prix earlier in April 2015. As a testament to his vast experience, Shafer’s credentials as a Commissaire starts back in 1982.
Ever since his appointment as an International Commissaire in 1997, Randy has operated on several prestigious Commissaire panels inclusive of Grand Tours, World Tour events, World Cups and World Championships in Road, Track and Para-cycling. Currently, he holds certification as an International Commissaire in Road, Track and Para-cycling while he is also a certified Track Starter and National Commissaire in Mountain Bike. His officiating career has taken him to over 20 countries around the world.
The National Commissaire course in Track & Road will also be followed by one of its kind in the discipline of Mountain Bike on the 25-26 October. These courses are key to the TTCF building its capacity and as well will lead to future National Elite Commissaire courses to be hosted right here in Trinidad & Tobago.
This event would not have been possible without the kind assistance of the Sports Company of T&T and Cole & Associates,