A RUNNER’S LIFE – Lessons from an Olympian.
On July 24th 1976, a young man from San Fernando carried the hope of a nation on winged feet past the finish line in Montreal, Canada to claim gold for his country in the 100m sprint at the Olympic Games. In 10.06 seconds, His Excellency Hasely Joachim ‘Raj Paul’ Crawford T.C., launched Trinidad and Tobago to a place of prominence in world athletics. Forty-two years on, his victory remains a source of great pride for our nation.
Hasely did more than just outrun his competitors that day. Through the countless accolades that followed on the heels of his achievement, he proved to Trinidad and Tobago that Sport held a wellspring of potential for national development and recognition, that it was a viable and rewarding career option and it deserved greater investment.
Beyond his exemplary achievement on the track, Hasely’s legacy includes his work in the field as Head of Community Relations at NGC, through which he sought to clinically build capacity in athletics and attract investment in the discipline. Perhaps most importantly, Hasely’s inspiring story of triumph even in the face of adversity, continues to give testament to the rewards of hard work, sacrifice and an unflagging determination to succeed.
This publication represents the culmination of a year of tribute to this national icon. In 2017, Hasely was the inaugural honouree of NGC’s National Heroes Project – a commemorative series aimed at raising awareness of and appreciation for men and women who have brought honour and glory to our country through their work and achievements. Now, together with the Heroes Foundation, NGC is pleased to share Hasely’s uplifting story through this exciting new medium.
Our thanks to those who made it possible, and happy reading to all. May you find inspiration, as so many have done, in the man behind the medal.