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Jump for Joy!

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1st place representing Team CBTT – Esla Anthony (Center)
2nd and 3rd repping for Team Sgicor are Cherisse Oliver (Left)
and Jennine Garcia-Ali (Right). Jumping for joy…

CariFin Aerobics Top 3 Winners


Get ready dey,

Say to bounce start, meet we on Chancellor Hill

We lining up, ready to charge ahead

The Green Mile was not enough

Ah wah yuh to warm up

So time to show me your teams

Time to show me your grit

We born and ready for this

Whole year is why we get fit

Show meh all yuh colours

Show me all yuh queens

Because Fun, Fitness and Friendship

Will always be our theme…

Who ready???




Port of Spain, Monday 1st April 2019. The much anticipated One Lap Savannah lived up to its hype as over 1,000 employees of the financial services sector participated in the walking and running categories which took place on Wednesday 27th March 2019. As customary, the atmosphere was charged as the seven participating financial institutions showed up, warmed up and took their group shots, demonstrating their support and commitment to the Game’s philosophy of “Fun, Fitness and Friendship.” The event began with the singing of the National Anthem and a prayer.
“This year was my toughest, my time was slower than the past two years, and it felt harder. I am looking forward to the Green Mile, there are new competitors who seem to be in good form, so I am up for the challenge in the next couple of events.” Many agreed the Games cultivates wonderful team spirit and lots of fun!! First time participants, Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance was well represented and came in the top five in the men’s running category. There was also a good turnout by the top executives who blended in amongst the participants. First timer David Serrant representing Sagicor, clinched second place in the men’s running category and he was totally excited, “It is a real fun event, this is my first time running it actually, really, really glad to see the competition out here, second place is a great experience especially running with my colleague Jean-Paul, who attends the same University with me.”

Not only did the young people did well in crossing the finish line, but we had some not-so-young participants who did great, even leaving behind the younger ones. Another repeat winner, who also completed a hattrick last year, was Tessa Weekes, also representing Republic Bank, who outran her field. “It was a great race, I had a colleague from Central Bank, Christian, we were neck and neck, he was in front of me,” but I said to him, “Don’t worry, I will pass you.” When asked if she will continue next year, she said, “Once I am fit and healthy, yes.”

Finally, the man of the moment, Mr. Jean Paul Drakes, who is truly a star of the Games, completed an indefatigable and amazing victory considering his personal challenges. “I came down with the flu on Monday and I was actually ill when I ran the race. I had a lot of fatigue, and took a lot of meds just to compete, because of the highly competitive nature of the Games, also, it would have looked bad if I let David Serrant, who is a quarter-miler, beat me, a long distance runner.”
The event was also well represented by our sponsors and a big thanks to Blue Waters and GNC for supporting us, St. John’s Ambulance, The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, our volunteers, The Lupus Foundation who we partner with and last but not least, the various media houses who played a big part in making this event successful. Enjoy the scenes of the One Lap Savannah event below:


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March 26, 2019

  How the new medals to be distributed. These would be given to team leaders for distribution to their team. Medals would be only awarded to individuals who completed in any of the following:   Any of the One Lap Savannah/Green Mile/Chancellor Challenge (will be distributed after  
after the Chancellor Challenge) any of the above […]

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CariFin One Lap Savannah is going to be hot!

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CariFin Teaser

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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 […]

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CBTT Launches CariFin Games 2019

February 21, 2019

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 […]

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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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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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