PHILLIP Njisane < Back  
Sport Cycling, Cycling - Road, Cycling - Track
CGA Trinidad & Tobago   
Gender Men
Born 29 May 1991 in Siparia, TTO
Height1.87 m
Weight 90 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Siparia, TTO
Occupation Athlete
Languages Arabic, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? At age nine he moved to the United States of America, where he was introduced to cycling by his father.
Club / Team Rigtech Sonics: Trinidad & Tobago
Name of coach Erin Hartwell, USA
Training Regime He had planned to train at the National Cycling Velodrome in Trinidad and Tobago in the run up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However the velodrome was unavailable for use, so he is completing his training for the 2016 Games at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, ON, Canada, under American coach Erin Hartwell.
International Debut
Year 2010
General Interest
Injuries In early 2014 he was admitted to hospital in California, United States of America, as he was being troubled by a pain. After a week he left hospital but the pain was undiagnosed. It later turned out to be swollen kidneys caused by a blockage in his urinal tract. (guardian.co.tt, 12 Jan 2014)

He broke his collarbone in a crash at the 2011 World Cup event in Beijing, People's Republic of China, which kept him out of action for six weeks. (trinidadexpress.com, 24 Jan 2011)
Awards and honours He was named the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation's Sportsman of the Year for 2011. (caribbeansportsnetwork.com, 30 Jan 2012)

He was named Sports Personality of the Year at the 2011 Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee's awards ceremony. (Guardian.co.tt, 31 Dec 2011)
Famous relatives His father Nicholson Phillip was a track cyclist who rode internationally for Hummingbird. His aunt Kamla Persad-Bissessar was the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 2010-15. (sportarchivestt.com, 29 Aug 2012; newsday.co.tt, 16 May 2014; trinidadexpress.com, 26 Aug 2015; sportarchivestt.com, 18 Jul 2015)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (newsday.co.tt, 05 Mar 2016)
Other information CYCLING TRACK
The cycling track at the Irwin Park Sports Complex in Siparia, Trinidad and Tobago, is named after him. (trinidadexpress.com, 26 Aug 2015)

NATIONAL FIRST
He was the first athlete representing Trinidad and Tobago to break the 10-second barrier for the flying 200m sprint when he clocked 9.977s at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was also the first athlete representing Trinidad and Tobago to win a World Cup medal, winning silver in 2013 in Manchester, England.(trinidadexpress.com, 17 Oct 2011; news.gov.tt, 03 Nov 2013)

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
He took up the sport at age nine following a move to the United States of America, but he then gave up the sport at age 13 after returning to Trinidad and Tobago to live with his mother. He was later diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and was encouraged to take up cycling again to help with his condition. (bestoftrinidad.com, 19 Jul 2015)