World Recognized

Ato Boldon

Date of Birth: December 30, 1973
Residence: Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad / USA
Recognized For: Olympic Medialist - 4 medals

Ato left Trinidad for New York City in 1988 and is discovered by head track coach Joe Trupiano at Jamaica High School in Queens while playing soccer. Some of Ato accomplishments are:

  • In 1993 He finishes 3rd at the California State High School Championships at 200 meters in 21.07w.
  • In 1992 won Double gold medals in Seoul, Korea for the 100m and 200m, becoming the only athlete in history to win both sprint events at World Junior Championships.
  • In 1995 the youngest-ever medallist with a 3rd place in the 100m at the World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.
  • In 1995 Pac-10 Champion, 100m and 200m, setting stadium records in both events
  • In 1995 won the 200m at the NCAA Championships.
  • In 1996 won Double Bronze in the 100m and 200m at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • In 1996 won the 100m and sets a meet record of 9.92 at the NCAA Championships.
  • In 1996 becomes one of six men ever to run under 10 seconds for 100m and under 20 seconds for 200m.
  • In 1996 sets 9.90 Collegiate Record for 100m.
  • In 1997 won the 200m at the World Championships in Athens, Greece.
  • In 1997 won the 200m with a time of 19.77 in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • In 1998 won the 200m at the Goodwill Games. This was the World's fastest times the 200m.
  • In 1998 won the 100m at the Commonwealth Games. This was the World's fastest times for the 100m.
  • In 1999 achieved 1st place in the 200m with a time of 19.86 in Athens, Greece.
  • In 2000 won the Olympic Silver Medal in the 100m and Olympic Bronze Medal in the 200m at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
  • In 2001 placed 4th in the 100m Outdoor World Championships.
  • In 2001 won the 100m at Stockholm DN Galan.
  • In 2001 achieved four 2nd place finishes in the 100m, European circuit.
Ato is the youngest sprinter ever to run under 9.90 in the 100m and is recognized for the most sub-9.90 100m by any sprinter in history. Ato is the youngest ever sub-10 and sub 20 sprinter with the history's 3 best same day doubles (9.90/19.77) (9.94/19.85) (9.86/19.88). Ato still continues...simply put, he is an amazing individual and athlete!

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Dr. Rudranath Capildeo

Date of Birth: 1920
Residence: Chaguanas, Trinidad
Recognized For: Mathematician, Physicist, and Politician

Dr. Rudranath Capildeo was classified as a genius who attended the Queen's Royal College, where he won a scholarship in 1938 - his mark in mathematics was the highest ever in an island scholarship.

Dr. Capildeo continued his studies in England and went on to hold professorships at the London University. He was recognized as a distinguished mathematician and physicist, he was to write a Theory of Rotation and Gravity which was ahead of its time, and which would only be confirmed by American expeditions in outer space in the 1960's and 1970's.

He returned to Trinidad in 1960 and assumed political leadership of the Democratic Labour Party. Outside of politics, he remained devoted to his chosen field of science, publishing texts on the topic of vector mechanics that achieved international renown. In 1969, he received the Trinity Cross for his outstanding contributions to the field. He died in London in 1970.


Hasely Crawford

Date of Birth: August 16, 1950
Residence: San Fernando, Trinidad
Recognized For: Olympic Gold Medialist - 1976

Hasely "Raj Paul" Crawford made his international debut at the 1970 Central American and Caribbean Games held in Panama City, Panama, where he made it to the finals of the 100 meters event, placing fifth. Hasely has many accomplishments:

  • In 1970 he won a Bronze Medal in the 100 metres event at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • In 1972 he made the final eight in the 100 metres Olympic Final in Munich, West Germany. However, was injured and became unsuccessful in the final.
  • In 1975 he won a Silver medal in the 100 metres race at the Pan American Games in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • In 1976 he won Trinidad and Tobago's first Gold Medal in the 100 metres at the Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada.
  • In 1978 he was a member of the Team that won a Gold Medal in the 4x100 metres at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Medellin, Colombia.
  • In 1978 he collected the Bronze Medal in the 100 metres at the Commonwealth Games held in Edmonton, Canada.
  • Hasley also represented Trinidad and Tobago at both the Moscow and Los Angeles games in 1980 and 1984.
In the year 2000 Hasley was named the Trinidad and Tobago Athlete of the Millennium. He has a BWIA airplane and a stadium named after him and received the Trinity Cross in 1978.


Janelle "Penny" Commissiong

Date of Birth: 1953
Residence: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Recognized For: Miss Universe - 1977

Penny was the first Trinidadian to win an international beauty contest and the first black woman to hold the Miss Universe title. She migrated to New York at age 13 and returned at age 23. After her victory the late Dr. Eric Williams named an airplane in her honour and had her name painted on its side. Penny was also awarded Trinidad’s Trinity Cross in 1977 and has had three stamps bearing her likeliness issued in Trinidad and Tobago.


Wendy Marcell Fitzwilliam

Date of Birth: October 4, 1972
Residence: Diego Martin, Trinidad
Recognized For: Miss Universe - 1998

Wendy graduated from the University of the West Indies in 1996 with a Bachelor of Law degree and continued her legal training at the Hugh Wooding Law School. She won the Miss Universe title in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 12th, 1998.

The United Nations honoured Wendy in 1998 with the title of UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador due to her commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and the stereotypes associated with it. She has narrated videos for both UNAIDS and UNICEF related to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. Her work with the UN continues as a UNFPA Face to Face Campaign Spokesperson.

The Hibiscus Foundation was established in Wendy's honour to heighten AIDS awareness in Trinidad and Tobago and to provide assistance to children's homes in Trinidad. She intends to establish a presence of this foundation throughout the West Indies.

Wendy was also the first appointed Red Cross Ambassador of Youth for the Caribbean. She has since completed her legal education and was admitted to the Trinidad and Tobago Bar on May 31, 2000.


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Giselle Jeanne Marie La Ronde

Date of Birth: November 6, 1963
Residence: San Fernando, Trinidad
Recognized For: Miss World 1986

In 1986 Giselle was successful in her bid for the Miss World competition in London, England. After the competition Giselle wisely used her prize money to attend University where she completed a degree in Sociology and communications at the University of London. Giselle was presented with the Chaconia Medal (a national award) in Trinidad and Tobago and has had a BWIA airplane named in her honor.

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Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

Date of Birth: August 17, 1932
Residence: Chaguanas, Trinidad / England
Recognized For: Nobel Literature Prize - 2001

Sir Vidia attended Queen's Royal College in Trinidad. In 1948, he was awarded a Trinidad government scholarship, which he used to study literature at University College, Oxford, beginning in 1950.

He is the author of more than two dozen books including "The Mystic Masseur", "The Suffrage of Elvira", "A House for Mr. Biswas" among other famous titles and have been the recipient of many honours and awards including:

  • The Somerset Maugham Award (1961).
  • The Phoenix Trust Award (1962).
  • The Humming Bird Medal (Gold) (1971).
  • The Booker Award (1971).
  • The Bennett Award (1980).
  • The Trinity Cross (1989).
  • He was knighted by the Queen of England in 1990.
Adding to this impressive list of accomplishments, Sir Vidia Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.


Leslie Stewart

Date of Birth: March 21, 1961
Residence: Laventille, Trinidad
Recognized For: WBA Light Heavyweight Title

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Hazel Scott

Date of Birth: June 11, 1920
Residence: Trinidad / USA
Recognized For: Classical and Jazz Pianist

Hazel began playing the piano at the early age of 3 and immigrated to New York when she was four. Her exceptional talent was noticed and rewarded with a scholarship to study classical music at the Juillard School of Music. Her accomplishments include:

  • In 1934 she performed Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra” at Carnegie Hall.
  • In 1936 she had her own radio show.
  • In 1938 she made her stage debut in the Broadway production, “Sing Out the News.”
  • She appeared in the production, "Priorities of 1942".
  • Her motion picture career included: Something To Shout About, I Dood It, Broadway Melody, The Heat's On, and Rhapsody In Blue.
  • She released a few dozen albums with the famous hits "Tico Tico" and "Stride Boogie Woogie" in the 40's.
Hazel became the first black woman to host a television show in the late 1940s, however, was accused of being a communist sympathizer and was removed from the telecast. She became an outspoken critic against racial injustice and refused to perform in segregated theaters. Hazel continued to perform until her death from cancer in 1981.