Concorde Athletic Club was founded in January 1987, by Dr. Horace Young. Within his heart, Dr. Young believed that the knowledge of good training techniques was not relayed to the athletes of Trinidad and Tobago. He found it necessary that he should make a meaningful contribution in this direction. The best way he knew was to form an establishment or club, through which the wealth of knowledge he possessed and acquired through his years of being a track star and top footballer as well as from his years of study in Germany, could be put to use.
Dr. Young chose as his assistant, Ken Barton who is presently the head coach and successor of Concorde Athletic Club. Mr. Barton, a former National athlete, had just returned from a track scholarship at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the U.S.A. Dr. Young knew him well, having had a hand in his training before Mr. Barton took up his scholarship offer.
Mr. Barton since then has created History for Trinidad and relentless Concorde success stories and achievements over the years. The club has produced outstanding athletes and administrators, some of which include: -
Sending a total of six (6) athletes to the Olympic Games from 1992 – 2012.
Producing athletes who have broken Central American and Caribbean track records.
Producing CARIFTA champions.
Producing an athlete who has won a World Junior Games medal.
Creating history as having been the first club to produce a female athlete, locally or foreign based to be in a World Games final and having the distinction of winning a medal.
Having the distinction of one of our athletes winning the PANAM Junior Gold Medal in 100m in 2011.
Having two semi-finalists in the Women 100m at the IAAF Open Championships in 2011.
Mr. Barton has served in the following capacity: -
National Junior Coach – Track and Field;
National Senior Coach – Track and Field;
National Junior Female Hockey Trainer;
National Senior Female Hockey Trainer;
Trainer – Malick Senior Comprehensive Football Team;
Trainer – National Colleges Football Team
The club boasts former and present day stalwarts in track and field such as: -
QUINN LEE RALPH