CARIFIN ONE-LAP SAVANNAH RACE
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.