Dr. Alloy Remigus Lequay Former Parliamentarian, Trinidad and Tobago
Dr. Alloy Remigus Lequay was a former politician and cricket administrator in Trinidad and Tobago
Earl life and education
Alloy Lequay was born on 1 October 1924 in Trinidad and Tobago’s capital of Port of Spain. He was educated at Rosary Boys’ RC and Panphyliam High School.
During his childhood days, Lequay had to live in an environment of hardship, which involved him having to learn to cope with the struggle of growing up without a father, who died when he was eight years old. However, he overcame these obstacles, initially with the use of sports.
Lequay, who entered Parliament in 1966 as the parliamentary representative for South Naparima, served as leader of government business from 1986-1991 when the National Alliance for reconstruction (NAR) ended 30 unbroken years of rule by the People’s National Movement (PNM).
The former secretary of the now defunct Democratic Labour Party (DLP), was also a founding member of the Congress of the People (COP), a member of the four-party coalition People’s Partnership government.
In the sports arena, Lequay contributed towards the organisational structure of table tennis and cricket, being one of the founders of the Trinidad and Tobago Table Tennis Association (TTTTA), 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 Task Force appointed to draft a national sports policy in 1998.
Lequay’s career in sport started with his involvement in table tennis at Oxford Club, which he joined in 1944. That same year he became the club’s General Secretary, an appointment that marked the beginning of his career in sport administration. During his stay at the club, he also played football as a centre forward, and cricket as a batsman (right-handed).
In 1945, Lequay was appointed Vice Chairman of the South Zone of the TTTTA. Additionally, he served as the TTTTA’s President for four years from 1969-1973.
He emerged on the national stage in 1956 when he was appointed General Secretary of the TTTTA and Assistant Secretary of the Trinidad Cricket Council.
In 1958, he assisted with the formation of the West Indies Table Tennis Association (now known as the Caribbean Table Tennis Federation) and was appointed General Secretary. He later also served as the Vice President and President of the regional table tennis body. In that year, the Trinidad Cricket Council name was changed to Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Council to give recognition to the development of the game in the sister isle of Tobago.
In 1969, Lequay moved up to the post of Vice President of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Council.
One of his greatest contributions to sport came when, as a member of the parliamentary opposition, he was appointed by the then Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Eric Williams, to head the Village Olympics Committee in 1972.
Another major achievement for Lequay was the de-centralisation of the game, which, up to the 1970s, was under the control of the Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC). The Reece Commission eventually ruled that there must be an independent body for cricket. Lequay championed the cause for the de-centralisation of the game to give players from rural communities’ greater representation at a higher level.
As Chief Delegate of Trinidad and Tobago table tennis squad, Lequay led this country’s first ever sports team to People’s Republic of China in 1973. That same year, he demitted office as President of the Table Tennis Association after being involved in administration of the sport for 29 years of service.
After serving eight years as Vice President of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Council, he traded in the post to pick up the Presidency in 1977. One year later, Lequay also added the title of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the national cricket body to his name.
On January 1980, he had some major constitutional changes being introduced to the national cricket body to democratize the organization, and so the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Council’s name was changed to the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board of Control (TTCBC). Lequay maintained his position as President of the national cricket body. The TTCBC would later be changed to the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) – the body’s present name – after a review of the constitution was made at a special general meeting held on 28 June 2003.
In December 2004, the position of TTCB CEO was opened up as Lequay went on pre-retirement leave. Lequay served as a member of the Local Organising Committee for the ninth edition of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, which was hosted in the West Indies from March 13 to April 28.
Honours and awards
Lequay, who was conferred with a national award, the Chaconia Gold Medal, in 1988 for his work as a sports administrator. In 1990, the West Indian Tobacco Company Ltd. (WITCO) honoured Lequay by awarding him the inaugural Jeffrey Stollmeyer Award for outstanding sport administration. The TTCB went onto win the Stollmeyer award four out of six times under his stewardship.
In 2000, Lequay was the recipient of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs Millennium Award for his contributions to sport. In 2004, he was inducted into the First Citizens’ Sports Foundation Sports Hall of Fame in the category of administrators.
He has also received many accolades including being special honorees at the West Indies Players Association’s (WIPA) annual awards ceremony in March 2009 and at the TTCB’s North East Zone awards function in 2011 for his contribution to Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies Cricket.
In August 2012, Lequay was declared one of Trinidad and Tobago’s 50 Sporting Legends as part of the country’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.
On 26 October 2012, the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies conferred the honorary Doctor of Laws (LLB) degree on Lequay in recognition of his contribution to the development of sports.
Lequay was married to Sheriffa Mohammed. They had no children.
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