2009 World championships bronze medalists Josanne Lucas (women’s 400m hurdles) and Renny Quow (men’s 400m) were the guests of honour at a banquet hosted by the Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) on Thursday, 8th October. Lucas and Quow, who returned home on Monday, 5th October, spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday touring schools through Tobago meeting students and signings autographs. On Thursday night pair traded track suits and spikes for more formal attire and met with some of the island’s dignitaries.
Heading the list were (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London, Secretary for Education, Youth Affairs and Sports Claudia Groome-Duke, several Assemblymen, Member of Parliament for Tobago West Stanford Callender, Government Senator June Melville, President of National Association of Athletic Administration of Trinidad and Tobago Ephraime Serrette, Parents of Lucas (Durly and Juliet), mother of Quow (Rena). Also in attendance were local coaches of Lucas, Stephen Stanisclaus; of Quow, brothers Gerald and Wayne Franklyn, who also coached Kellyann Baptiste, Semoy Hackette, Sheridan Kirk, Rhonda Hackette and Aisha James.
Lucas and Quow were presented with a plaque and one hundred thousand dollars (TT$100,000 = US$16,300) each for their achievements in Berlin.
In addressing the gathering Lucas said she was grateful for the support she has been given by the island. She said her medal belonged to the people of Tobago. She admitted that she was is not satisfied with the bronze (in 53.20 NR, behind Melanie Walker of Jamaica 52.42 and LaShinda Demus of USA in 52.96). The 2003 Pan American Junior Silver medalist then pledged to train hard to bring home the gold medal.
Quow, in accepting his award, said he too was not satisfied with his medal. The 2006 World Junior 400m champion, also vowed to train towards winning gold.