Akim Toussaint

Full Name: Akim Toussaint
Born: October 08, 1988 (age 28 years)
Birthplace: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Sport:
Position: Centre Midfield/Right Midfield/Centre Forward

Career Highlights

2013

  • 1st, Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board National Indoor League title, Paragon, Trinidad
  • 1st, Magnolias Invitational Indoor Championships, Paragon, Trinidad
  • 3rd, T&T, Pan American Cup, Brampton, Toronto, Canada, August 10-17

2012

  • 1st, Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, Outdoor League Championships, Paragon, Trinidad
  • 1st, Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, Big-4 Championships, Paragon, Trinidad

2011

  • 1st, Magnolias Invitational Indoor Championships, Paragon, Trinidad
  •  7th, T&T, Pan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico, October 20-29
  •  Re-signed by Ashford Hockey Club, Kent, England

2010

  • 2nd, Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, July 23-31
  • 10th, T&T, Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India, October 3-14
  • Signed by Ashford Hockey Club, Kent, England

2009

  • 5th, T&T, Pan American Cup, Santiago, Chile, March 7-15

2008

  • Signed by Zuhrfer Hockey Club, Germany

2007

  • 1st, T&T, PAHF Caribbean Hockey Cup, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, November 7-11
  • 4th, T&T, Pan American Games, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, July 15-25

2006

  • 2nd, T&T, Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 20-26
  • Fair Play, T&T, Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 20-26
  • 10th, T&T, Commonwealth Games, Melbourne, Australia, March 15-26
  • Top-5, Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, Player of the Year

2005

  • 1st, TTHB, Under-19 Outdoor League Title, Paragon HC, Trinidad
  •  Selected to T&T Under-21 Team
  •  8th, T&T, Pan American Junior Hockey Championships, Havana, Cuba

2003

  • 1st, TTHB, Under-19 Outdoor League title, Paragon HC, Trinidad

2002

  • 1st, TTHB, Under-19 Outdoor League title, Paragon HC, Trinidad
  •  1st, TTHB, National Indoor League title, Paragon HC, Trinidad

2001

  • 1st, TTHB, Under-19 Outdoor League title, Paragon HC, Trinidad
  •  1st, South East Port-of-Spain Secondary, (SEPOS) Outdoor Secondary School League Hockey title
  • Joins Paragon Hockey Club, Trinidad and Tobago

Awards/Titles

  •  Essence of Fitness, Paragon Hockey Club-2013
  • MVP, Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board Outdoor League, Paragon-2013
  • MVP, Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, Big-4 Competition, Paragon-2013
  • MVP, Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, National Indoor-Paragon-2013
  • MVP, Magnolias Invitational Indoor Championships, Paragon-2013
  • Most Goals, Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, National Indoor, Paragon-2013
  • Most Goals, Magnolias Invitational Indoor Championships, Paragon-2013
  • Player of the Year, Paragon, 2013
  • Paragonite of the Year, 2013
  • Pan American Hockey Federation Elite team, 2013
  • Pan Am Cup All-Star team, 2013
  • Players Player of the Year, Paragon, 2013
  • Players Player of the Year, Paragon, 2012
  • Essence of Fitness, Paragon Hockey Club, 2012
  • Paragonite of the Year, 2012
  • MVP, Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, Big-4 Competition, Paragon, 2012
  • MVP, Magnolias Invitational Indoor Championships, Paragon, 2012
  • MVP, Magnolias Invitational Indoor Championships, Paragon, 2011
  • Players Player of the Year, Paragon, 2011
  • Essence of Fitness, Paragon, 2011
  • Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, Top-5 Players of the Year, 2013
  • Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, Top-5 Players of the Year, 2012
  • Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, Top-5 Players of the Year, 2011
  • Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, Top-5 Players of the Year, 2007
  • Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, Top-5 Players of the Year, 2006

Biography

Akim Toussaint is the last of three (3) children born to Ricardo and Pat Toussaint of Diego Martin, Trinidad & Tobago (T&T). He has an older brother, Akeido, and an elder sister, Akeillah.

On his entry into South East Port-of-Spain Secondary School (SEPOS), Akim pursued his love for football by joining the school’s Under-14 football team. It was also while in Form-one that he was introduced to hockey by a teacher, Mr. Thompson.

The school had a rich tradition of hockey and Akim found himself attracted to the sport and decided to attend a few practice sessions with the schools hockey team.

It was during these sessions that Mr. Thompson saw Akim’s potential and told him about the club he coached and encouraged him to join. So he became a member of Paragon Hockey Club in 2001.

At SEPOS, Akim was part of the team that won the first Outdoor Secondary Schools League title in 2001. He was also a winner with Paragon as they captured the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board’s Under-19 Championships.

Akim was still representing his school at football but he was not doing as well. His mother noticed his expressions when he got home after his hockey matches as opposed to when he got home after football.

He was regularly coming home with medals from hockey and while he loved football his mother encouraged him to stick with hockey because she felt he could get far in the sport.

Standing at five feet-four inches, Akim combined speed with flexibility to get around the pitch and was on the score sheet regularly, for both school and club, where he became an integral part of the Paragon Under-19 team that won the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board title in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005.

His performances did not go unnoticed and he was called by national Under-21 coach, Richard Quan Chan, ahead of the Pan American Junior Championships in Cuba, in 2005, and made the final squad of 16 players.

Toussaint struck twice as T&T hammered Venezuela 19-0 in their fourth match at the Junior Championships, as the young stick-men ended the tournament in eighth spot.

It took Toussaint just one match to convince national coach, David Francois, of his abilities. It came at a TTHB encounter, between Toussaint’s Paragon and Malvern, the club to which the national coach was affiliated.

Toussaint ran rings around the Malvern team and netted in the process to help Paragon to victory that afternoon. Head coach, Francois, was sold and Toussaint was soon attending national senior team sessions.

He was selected for the 2006 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, in the Dominican Republic, and played in the opening match against the host nation, which T&T won 12-0.

He would not have to wait long for his debut appearance for the senior team because in the very next fixture, against Puerto Rico, he scored a field goal in the tenth minute, which was T&T’s second goal in a comfortable 10-0 victory.

It was a respectable showing by Toussaint and his teammates and T&T finished second to collect the silver medal, his first for the national team.

The year 2006 ended well for Toussaint after being named as one of the TTHB’s Top-5 Players of the Year.

Because of his stellar performances Toussaint has been courted by other clubs in T&T, including Queen’s Park (QPCC) and the Defence Force, but his loyalty to Paragon is unquestioned and he remains a member of the club.

In 2007, T&T finished fourth at the Pan American Games, in Brazil, and first at the Pan American Hockey Federation Caribbean Hockey Cup, held in Trinidad. At that four-team tournament Toussaint was in great form, netting a double in the victory over Jamaica and one in the second encounter against Guyana, which T&T won 3-1. In the third match versus Barbados it ended 0-0 but the teams met in the grand finale with T&T winning 4-1, Toussaint scoring the opening goal.

Toussaint was then given the opportunity to ply his trade abroad, in Germany, and in March 2008, he was signed by German club, Zuhrfer, for a two-month stint.

With his attacking instincts always coming to the fore, he again got the chance to showcase his talent, this time in England. With the help of national standout, Kwandwane Browne, he spent the 2009-2010 season with Ashford Hockey Club, in Kent, and spent a further three (3) months in 2011. In total he netted twelve goals for the English club.

Toussaint had his second stint in Germany, this time with Gladbacher and again he welcomed the experience.

He was also part of the T&T team at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games and is hopeful of one day being at the Olympic Games.

He is assistant coach of both the Paragon men and women’s hockey teams and is a Level-2 certified hockey coach.

Toussaint is thrilled at going into the secondary schools and passing on his knowledge, even though he still has a long career ahead of him as a player.

Education

  • Diego Martin Boys RC
  • South East Port-of-Spain Secondary

References

Sport Clubs / Teams

Paragon HC, Trinidad;  Zuhrfer, Germany;  Ashford HC, England;  Gladbacher, Germany

1 Comment

  1. Sandra Stephens says:

    I’m extremely proud of my nephew, your grandmother and father (R.I.P) is showing you off in heaven. especially your grandmother, I know for a fact she’s telling everyone about her grandson.

    You’re a good son and father.

    Keep up the good work.

    Yours truly
    Sandy Stephens

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