Top Contenders: Defending female champion Wendy D’arbasie is returning to defend; John Donaldson headlining for the male as last year champion not returning.
The financial services sector was bubbling with excitement on Friday April 12, 2013 as they try to meet the deadline for registration. The phones were busy, as people made every effort not to miss the deadline for the 1 Lap Savannah. This event would take place on Wednesday April 17, 2013 at 5.00 p.m., opposite TGI around the Queen’s Park Savannah. Members of staff of the financial services sector are anticipated to participate in the 22nd Edition of the CariFin Games. Participants are not just excited for the competition but also for the opportunity to meet and greet with other fellow financial sector colleagues whom they may have never met or seen in a long while. All in keeping with the theme of this year – “Forging friendship through fun and fitness.”
“It is the biggest year I have seen since I am in CariFin,” said Allison Field the coordinator of the registration. “It is important how we manage these numbers in the event.”
Junior Brereton, Scotiabank CariFin representative said “He was in shocked when he saw Scotia’s response as he was anticipating a lower figure. He felt that the torch relay passing in front of their St. James Bank and their team carrying the torch from there generated some excitement and was responsible for the greater response.”
CariFin Games consist of 6 days of competition over a two-month period. The One Lap Savannah is the first competition to start off the Games, with categories for both walkers and runners, male and female and different age groups. These events are design to promote a healthier, more active lifestyle, bringing the financial sectors closer together and encouraging camaraderie among the staff.
Wendy D’arbasie of Central Bank winner of all the female running events in 2012 would be back again to defend her title. The female category could be considered very competitive and D’arbasie could very well have a lot of contenders pushing for that number one spot, which she currently holds. It would be quite interesting how she handles the competition.
Among the men, the one athlete who could shake up the field all by himself, Shane Barran is not on the registration list. Republic Bank would be at a lost without him but, that leaves runners like 2012 cross country winner, John Donaldson of First Citizens and Mark Thomas, of Republic Bank, 1 Lap Savannah winner 2011, to decide who would wear the crown of savannah champion or would Akeem Simon, 2012 1Lap Savannah of CBTT rise to the occasion.
Among the walkers Deodath Harrikissoon of First Citizens looks set to retain his number one position while Carla Questelles Forde also of First Citizens name was missing from the list of registrants. It would be nice to see who among the female walkers would step up to the plate.
The 10 teams participating in CariFin Games this year are:
Agricultural Development Bank
Guardian Holdings Limited
RBC Royal Bank