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Olympian makes surprise visit to USC students

05 Apr 2018 | Campus News | IMC Staff


Olympian makes surprise visit to USC students

Andrew Lewis is a 28-year old Trinidadian sailor who has competed for Trinidad and Tobago at the last two Olympics games in the Men’s Laser class. On March 22, 2018, the Olympian gifted unsuspecting postgraduate students of the Occupational Therapy (OT) programme at USC with the latest edition of the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales Kit, a much-needed resource for students in the programme.

The surprise presentation was made to a classroom of students who had recently volunteered their time and services to the Andrew Lewis Foundation when it hosted a two-day seminar for children with Dyslexia.

Speaking at the short ceremony, Dr Leslie Garcia, Director of USC's Occupational Therapy programme lauded the students who wholeheartedly took up a call to volunteer at the event over a two-day period.

Andrew Lewis also expressed his sincere thanks to the students while indicating that the event's success would not have been possible without them. The cause of dyslexia is very dear to Andrew as he himself has been diagnosed with the condition. His mission is to teach young boys and girls that anything is possible in spite of the labels that may be placed on them.

At the end of the brief presentation ceremony, however, those who seemed most impacted by the event were the OT students who thanked Mr Lewis, some to the point of tears, for enabling them the opportunity to work along with the children.

In attendance of this brief event were representatives from the University of the Southern Caribbean, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Trinidad and Tobago Occupational Therapy Association.

The Master of science degree in Occupational Therapy is the first of its kind in the region and provides students with a thorough knowledge of the field and prepares them to practice as Occupational Therapists – as OTs are in high demand all over the Caribbean region.

For more information on the Occupational Therapy programme at USC, please visit or contact the Occupational Therapy Department via email occupationaltherapy@usc.edu.tt. 

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