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The UWI St. Augustine mourns the passing of Honorary Graduate Alloy Lequay

For Release Upon Receipt - March 18, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – The University of the West Indies (UWI) joins the national and regional community in mourning the passing of Honorary Graduate Alloy Lequay. In 2012, Lequay was conferred the honorary Doctors of Laws, honoris causa, for his contribution to the sporting and socio-cultural landscape in Trinidad and Tobago. In the citation read at that ceremony, Lequay was hailed as an “evergreen dragon” – as his life’s work symbolises power, virtue, honour, industry and excellence.

Mr Alloy Lequay has been a sports administrator since the 1940s, and has given political service to this country for many years. He has documented these periods in the genres of autobiography, sport history and political narrative, leaving useful and informative accounts for posterity. He has contributed towards the organisational structure of table tennis and cricket, being one of the founders of the Table Tennis Association, a member of the West Indies Cricket Board of Control and head of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board of Control. His remarkable administrative skills pushed him as a natural choice for the many bodies he supported: he was a member of the National Sports Council, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Olympics and a member of the Task Force appointed to draft a national sports policy in 1998.  He has served as a Member of Parliament (South Naparima 1966), and was twice nominated to the Senate. His work has been officially recognised with numerous awards, including the Chaconia Medal Gold, the Millennium Award for Sport Administration as well as the Stollmeyer Medal for Sport Administration, for which he was its first recipient.

In reflecting on his life and contributions, Campus Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Clement Sankat said: “He was an outstanding cricket administrator. He served T&T well and, by extension, the regional cricket fraternity. He demonstrated through his words and deeds that he was a thoughtful administrator. He was a person of considerable ethical standards who demonstrated what service leadership is about. He was committed to serving T&T and West Indian cricket. He was a politician in his own right. At a time when West Indies cricket is struggling due to poor administrative leadership, we need leaders of the ilk of Lequay –totally committed and very fair. He was always giving and thoughtful in his words and deeds and was someone of integrity. West Indian cricket needs exemplars like Mr Lequay – men of service who dedicate their lives to these ideals.”



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Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


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