Wednesday 20 February, 2019

Tributes pour in after sudden death of national hockey player

The local hockey fraternity was plunged into mourning with the passing of 21-year-old Kwasi Emmanuel, national hockey goalkeeper and former youth camper at the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC). 

According to an article by the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, Emmanuel was liming at a sports day in Woodbrook with friends when he left to buy food.

He later suffered what appeared to be a seizure while behind the wheel.

Emmanuel, who was a member of the Timperley Hockey Club in England, was in Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the national team's departure to the CAC Games in Colombia. 

The TTOC took to Twitter to express condolences on Emmanuel's passing.

"Heartbreaking...Devastated..Inconsolable @TTOlympic extends condolences to the family, friends, teammates of Kwasi Emmanuel- former TTOC youth camper and national hockey goalkeeper. Young talented wonderful spirit  Kwasi  #TeamTTO"

"Our most sincerest condolences to the hockey fraternity and Malvern...Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out at this tremendously difficult time .. no words can adequately convey or express ........"

The Timperley Club, which posted a heartfelt tribute to the young player on their website, said they would be gathering for a moment of reflection on his life "in front of the goal he so proudly defended." 

"It is with the most heartfelt sadness that we have learnt that Kwasi Emmanuel has passed away in Trinidad the weekend, shortly before setting off for an international hockey tournament. In his short time at the Timperley Kwasi became loved by all he had contact with not just in the hockey section but wider club and was highly respected for his major contribution to the Men’s 1s squad 2017-18 season on and off the pitch."


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