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Garcia, Maharaj stand out

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Judah Garcia

This series “SPORTLIGHT” is brought to you courtesy Health Net Caribbean Ltd ( In this installment we feature two of the outstanding junior sports personalities of 2017, nominees at the upcoming First Citizens annual sports awards function.

Judah Garcia, proudly wears, perfectly one might say, number 10 on his Shiva Boys football uniform as he seeks to emulate the steps of his brothers Nathaniel and Levi onto the National Senior team hopefully in the too distant future.

The sign of top class players is often found in how they respond in times of adversity. Where most teenagers would understandably seek shelter and comfort in times of strife, Judah Garcia chose to come to the fore, displaying a maturity beyond his years.

Shiva Boys travails in the most recent Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) season have been well documented. Demoted to the second division of the league, team captain Judah offered a consistency throughout a trying campaign. His sublime skills, vision, and knack for scoring crucial goals were at the heart of the Shiva Boys exciting Intercol run all the way to the glory as they captured a maiden Intercol Title in 2017.

The challenge for the 17 year old National Team standout will be to continually highlight why many consider the Shiva Boys playmaking adorning the number 10 shirt as the most radiant of the rising stars in Trinidad and Tobago's youth leagues. Garcia's 2016 training stint at a camp in Manchester England would have sensitized his pallet to the taste of the European experience and increased his desire for success.

Meanwhile, Shreya Maharaj won every Under 15 Girls Singles table tennis title in 2017. Were it not for a 2nd place finish at the “Silver Bowl” Under 18 Singles final, Maharaj would have won every domestic junior singles title in 2017. Despite astounding junior exploits many contend that Maharaj's two 3rd placed finishes in the Women's Division at the National Classifieds and the Tobago Open are a more impressive feat.

A blistering forehand coupled with an innate understanding of the game are keys to the eye -catching success of the 14 year old left handed sensation. Maharaj is currently ranked #5 in all female players in the country and #1 at Under 15 and Under 18 levels. Firmly entrenched as the premier junior in the country, Maharaj is focused on the “Big Three” of Joseph, Spicer and Partap-Boodhan as she seeks senior success in 2018.



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