Who is Abijah Phillip?
Undeniably the “Best Male Athlete” of CariFin Games 2016, his scores alone can justify as he placed first in all his games.
Mr Abijah Phillip, currently at the age of 21 years, was born and raised in the hometown of Morvant in Trinidad and still resides there. This year, 2016, marked the first year that Abijah participated in the CariFin Games held by the CariFin Fitness Club. Abijah as a teenager attended the school Trinity College, in Moka, Maraval. There, he dabbled in sports such as football and track and field. From ever since, his passion for sports was alive and well.
At present, Mr Phillip holds a position in the financial services sector – specifically Republic Bank at Independence Square, Port of Spain – as a back office teller.
He learned about the health and fitness CariFin Games event through a friend at work and has been eager about it ever since! He was mainly excited to learn that the financial sector did something physical and not just in office business-related activities. He added,
“They have a nice culture that they created, a very close-knit – especially the organizers – they have a close-knit bond that they try to share throughout the competition itself, and it is really nice; it was a competitive but friendly environment – a nice one to be part of.”
His accomplishments thus far for the year 2016 at the CariFin Games are as follows:
On Wednesday April 13th 2016 for the “Savannah 1 Lap” at Queen’s Park Savannah: Abijah placed 1st with the time 14:05
On Wednesday April 27th 2016 for the “Green Mile” at Inside the Sand Track Queen’s Park Savannah: Abijah placed 1st with the time 5:30
On Wednesday May 11th 2016 for the “Chancellor Challenge” at Lady Chancellor Road, Queen’s Park Savannah: Abijah placed 1st with the time 13:59
On Sunday June 5th 2016 for the “Family Day” Sevilla Golf Course, Caroni: Abijah placed 1st with the time 27:29
Mr Phillip, when asked in an interview, “How did you get to be the best of the CariFin Games 2016?”
He responded, “I can’t say that I am the best but I just tried my best and I don’t know how else to explain that.” He continued to describe that he believes his “playful upbringing” contributed to his present day success, especially in sports and fitness.
As a first time participant of the CariFin Games, Mr Phillip undeniably achieved the 2016’s “Best Male Athlete” accolade.
So, how does he stay motivated?
Mr. Phillip genuinely enjoys running and friendly competition, he added: “competition is always fun!” He is also positively influenced by his favorite runner, and possible role model: Mohamed Muktar Jama “Mo” Farah, CBE (age 33 years) – a British distance runner. On the track, he mostly competes over 5000 meters and 10,000 meters, but has run competitively from 1500 meters to the marathon. Mr. Phillip describes him as, “very hardworking and very talented, as well as he really enjoys what he does,” which essentially keeps him motivated.
More about Mr. Phillip?
Extending on his favorites, he was asked who is his favorite musical performer is; but he couldn’t pin point one specifically. As for his favourite food or dish, same answer as he isn’t much of a “food person.”
He was asked, “If you had time and money what is that one thing you would like to do or place you would like to go?”
He responded, “First and foremost, go to university, maybe UWI to study physical therapy. Secondly, an event would be the Olympics and World Cup.” All which adds to the young and motivated character he is that is passionate about sports, health and fitness.
What is the man of the article’s personal philosophy about winning?
“Everybody wins sometimes, and everybody loses sometimes; just work hard and always try your best!”
However, when entering into the CariFin Games, Mr. Phillip didn’t know what to expect, he just went in with a positive and open mind about his chances at winning these games. But when asked,
“What does it mean to him to win the Best Male Athlete accolade in CariFin Games?”
He responded saying, “it was enjoyable, it didn’t mean something major but it was an enjoyable thing that I got to participate in and enjoy the comradery of the competition.”
But, how did Abijah Phillip prepare for CariFin Games? He explained that he trained by himself: where he ran in his neighbourhood of Morvant after work. An average of two to three days per week, he’d jog for 15 minutes per day.
Apart from CariFin Games, Mr Phillip didn’t compete or participate in any other health and fitness related events in 2016 which he owed to his left knee injury; which doesn’t allow him to compete or train often. This injury he got while road training (i.e. running) back in 2012 where he sprained his knee and since then it never fully recovered. In the past though, he mentioned his secondary school days. Trinity College annually hosts a cross-country race and that he won for two years.
When asked if he think he could defend the title of “Best Male Athlete” successfully in 2017,
“If I do it will be extremely difficult because I know a few persons well who are trying to dethrone me.” He added, “however, as long as I am in the financial sector and alive and healthy, I plan to compete in the CariFin Games.”
Mr Phillip even mentioned some advice and recommendations for future games,
“Just maintain the enthusiasm that they currently have for the event, it will continue to grow, because right now the path they’re on seem to be very good, and with this it can continue to grow because it was a very good initiative.”
Mr Phillip leaves the message to his past competition that it is was a pleasure competing with them and he looks forward to further competitions; and he recommends to future participants,
“Always try your best, never take anything too seriously, winning is secondary to enjoyment and staying healthy is a lot cheaper than getting sick.”