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For the last 27 years, some institutions within the Financial Services’ sector have been coming together for a period of approximately two months from March, to enjoy some Fun, Fitness and Friendship, branded, the CariFin (Caribbean Financial Institution) Games, which constitutes an official Opening being a Torch Relay and nine competitive events including urban challenges and a Family Day.
It’s a time when the founding values are re-enforced seeing one taking personal responsibility for their health and fitness – pushing the envelope in terms of friendly rivalry, bonding, friendly competition, networking, earning of bragging rights for victories won, or Public Relations set at various levels.

This year, the first competitive event is the One-Lap Savannah Challenge on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 5p.m., (Assemble time 4.30pm) where competitors – fit, able and ready runners and walkers of the financial services sector – converge at the south-western entrance of the Queen’s Park Savannah (Opp TGI), as they try to claim accolades across many categories and positions. From the overall first three places (Male & Female) to age-groups, to breaking records, Most Improved and Best First-Timer… every participant receives that personal sense of triumph and gratitude when they set a personal record.
Friendly rivalry and camaraderie easily cross team lines, as the comparison of how many wins or top 3 placings a team gets, or which team the winners belongs to. Are we to see the almost complete dominance by RBL with top 3 placings in the walk and run male and female category.

Last year both 1st and 2nd places in the male running category were locked down by Jean-Paul Drakes and Abijah Phillip, and females: CBTT’s Salina Scott upset the party for RBL by being dominant in her category, retaining the #1 position throughout the Urban Challenge. But only to, again, find RBL’s Nakifa Punter featuring in the top three for the One-Mile and Chancellor Challenge. Some teams might definitely be studying how to stop RBL’s dominance in the Walking and Running sphere as we embark on the 2019 edition of CariFin Games.
With that said, in 2018, CBTT’s Lorraine Ayoung-Chee retained 2nd place and First Citizens’ Staceyanne Jack, 3rd.

In the Walking categories: RBL definitely does not let up on the competition. If anyone thought that their strength doesn’t lie in this genre or discipline, as well… think again, because three-time winner of the Walking category is Tessa Weekes, and she is coming at you, to make it a possible fourth in 2019 (and from the display she put on in the Torch Relay, all competitors be warned).
Also, in the RBL line up for female walking honours in 2019 is Kadesha Charles who was 2nd in this event in 2018. In male, First Citizens’ Deodath Deonanan has dominated this event by taking the top position four times to his credit. The other top two positions were shared by CBTT’s Desmond Christian, 2nd, and First Citizens’ Neil Juman, 3rd.

So come out early in your numbers! Be a part of the CariFin Games’ first competitive event. Be a part of the metamorphosis from corporate wear of shirt and tie, jacket, skirt or dress, to sport attire, and embark upon matters of the Urban Challenge…the One-Lap Savannah. See all the top runners and walkers from the Financial Institutions participate for top honours and accolades.


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For all those who enjoyed the Carnival season, we have great news for you! Carnival 2019 may have just concluded, but we are still keeping the adrenaline flowing with great events this year. We gonna hit the Savannah grass with our Banking famalay and take over Port of Spain with our Torch event!

There will be laughter. There will be fun. There will be some who could make it and some who will bun. But one thing for sure, we gonna create memories. Come out and represent your crew, there is much in store for you!


CBTT Launched CariFin Games 2019

Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (CBTT), launched CariFin Games 2019 at its Epicurean Lounge (Lunch Room) on February 13, 2019, at 12 noon.

At the head table were Salina Scott, CariFin’s unbeaten female runner 2017-18, Esla Anthony, Miss CariFin 2011, Timothy Woolford, President of the CBTT Sports and Cultural Club, and Cadajah Spencer, Miss CariFin 2018.

Also in attendance were Arvinder Bharath, Senior Manager – Financial Technology & Information Security, CBTT, and Wayne Roberts, President of the CariFin Games.

As members of staff enjoyed their lunch, they had the opportunity to hear the plans, strategies and ideas for #Team CBTT in CariFin Games 2019.
Master of Ceremonies, Esla Anthony, welcomed everyone, and gave a brief but interesting overview of team CBTT.
One of the impactful things she articulated was that team CBTT had a Mr. CariFin for the CariFin Games 2019 – a first in the history of the Games and an interesting perspective, that a team came up with a function and role for a Mr. CariFin for the Games.

CBTT’s newly minted Mr. CariFin is Miguel Donatien of the Financial Institutions Supervisory Department.
His role and function as far as team CBTT sees it for now, is to accompany or escort the 2019 Miss CariFin representative to all CariFin events.
This great and brave move by team CBTT, might have the snowballing effect needed to trigger excitement, and garner momentum in getting the games’ population ready for a Mr. CariFin competition sooner than we probably anticipated.

Timothy Woolford – president of CBTT’s Sports and Cultural Club, highlighted the performance of team CBTT at the 2018 Games. He also shared a strategy intended to increase the institution’s participation level and support base by introducing what he called: CariFin Champions. He asked all the champions in the room to stand and wave as a means of identifying themselves.
These champions would be on every floor or within every department, and their functions would be to encourage their peers and/or colleagues to sign-up for CariFin events, as well attract staff to CariFin to cheer-on the team to boost their fan/support base.

In addition to drawing reference to the unbeaten status of Salina Scott in the Games, he stated that these initiatives are being introduced in the attempts for team CBTT to win CariFin 2019.

Miss CariFin, Cadajah Spencer, spoke about her reign as the reigning Miss CariFin.


Call For Volunteers

February 4, 2019

CariFin 2019 wants you to be part of our team… We need volunteers to work alongside CariFin Games Organisers, who need extra support in making sure the 2019 Games are a success! The work is varied and really rewarding. Can you commit to working for a 13-week term? Contact our volunteer organiser on or call […]

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Avinder Bharath shares her CariFin 2018 Experience

January 29, 2019


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Nakifa Punter of RBL – 2nd of the Best of 3 running category

January 21, 2019

Nakifa Punter of RBL – 2nd of the Best of 3 running category. Being presented by Mrs Hillaire – (Wife of the governor of the Central Bank). The are 4 running events in Carifin games. The 1 Lap Savannah, The Green Mile, Chancellor Challenge and the Cross Country. She participated in the 1st 3 events which […]

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Risk of Sitting

January 5, 2019

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Kris Deonanan shares his CariFin Games 2018 Experience

December 31, 2018

Kris Deonanan of Guardian Group shares his CariFin Games 2018 Experience.  

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A Fight for 2nd Place

December 5, 2018

A Fight for 2nd Place 2 seconds separate them at the final at Sevilla golf course. The build-up to the final was heavy with Abijah throwing down the first Salvo when he said, “He is going to leave everything on the course!” Kris never one to shy from competition, was not showing his hand but […]

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Celene Miller – Volunteer and Participant

November 8, 2018

We at CariFin games was very excited to have Celene with us as a volunteer and participant. She was able to straddle the divide and that was good. As a participant, she highlighted with a 2nd place finish in the Urban challenge in her age-group for the walking category. And came up big in delivering […]

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