MSCD extends condolences on the passing of Clifton Bertrand
The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Community Development, extends condolences on the passing of one of this country’s early sprinting greats, Clifton Bertrand. While reflecting on his many achievements, Minister Cudjoe stated that “Bertrand was a proud son of Arima whose athleticism equalled his academic feats. He medaled at the 1957 and 1958 British West Indies Championships, was part of the bronze-medal 4x100m British West Indian Federation relay team at the 1959 Pan Am Games, subsequently won two bronze medals at the 1963 edition of the Games, and represented this country at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics.Bertrand went on to obtain his Doctorate in Education from Columbia University; a testament to his tenacious drive.” Bertrand was inducted into the Trinidad and Tobago Hall of Fame in 2008.
Minister Cudjoe further states that “on behalf of the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago, we salute him. I am certain that his legacy inspired dozens of track athletes from the 1950s and onwards. We will never know the true impact of his presence. We thank him for everything he has given to this beloved nation.”