Let’s go Cross Country; CariFin Games winds down with Family Day and Cross Country
The Sevilla Golf Course is the place to be on Sunday June 5th as the 2016 edition of the CariFin Games climaxes with the Family Day and Cross Country events.
The 25th edition of the CariFin Games has truly been a fun and exciting one as hundreds of persons across the financial sector have come out and participated in good spirits. CariFin is all about promoting “fun, fitness and friendship” and these past several weeks have shown how persons can enjoy themselves while trying to maintain good fitness levels.
You (the participants) helped us get things underway by carrying the CariFin torch, and then you maintained that good start with a breezy run around the Queen’s Savannah for our one lap event. The momentum gained from the One Lap Savannah event was then transferred to an even brisker “Green Mile” event which took place inside the sand tracks of the spacious roundabout.
The Chancellor Challenge was next on the agenda and the runners and walkers stepped up to the plate as hundreds of competitors showed their resolve in making the steep Chancellor climb. Many opted to the make the trek in groups, while others chose to go in search of personal bests, but at the end of the day it is fair to say that the common goal was achieved; conquering Chancellor!
The attention then shifted to cricket and football at RBL’s sports club in Barataria and the action was exciting. There may not have been any Brian Laras or Diego Maradonas on display but both events were keenly contested by all involved. In the end, RBL were unable to secure any bragging rights on home turf as Guardian Life and Scotiabank were able to walk away with the respective cricket and football honours.
The Aerobics Burnout then really tested the coordination and stamina of the competitors as the PTIs demonstrated some rigorous and difficult-looking moves. But Adona Joseph of Sagicor and Stephon Thomas of RBL were able to last the test of time as they won their respective categories. A smiling Joseph was the overall winner of the Burnout.
RBL’s All Fours team was able to exact a measure of revenge over Scotiabank for their loss in the cricket final as they took top honours in the tense All Fours competition. Scotiabank were made to settle for second spot on this occasion as RBL definitely played their cards right on that day.
Switching back focus to the Cross Country event, curious onlookers will have their eyes set on the likes of Abijah Phillip and Deodath Harrikissoon. Both gentlemen have won all their respective running and walking events at this year’s CariFin Games and will definitely be looking to finish on a high. Phillip, a CariFin Games debutant, has looked in a class of his own en route to three straight wins in running events. On the other hand, the experienced campaigner in Harrikissoon has walked all over the competition thus far and will be looking to continue in that vein when he makes the one-lap stroll at the Sevilla Golf Course next Sunday.
The RBL ladies have done their share of walking at this year’s games as well, and the trio of Aliya Henry, Tessa Weekes and Christine Villafana are certain to be in and around the winners’ circle when the female walking event concludes on June 5th. Henry and Weekes have already had walking triumphs this year, while Villafana copped last year’s Cross Country walk. Who’s your money on?
Another lady who may be fancying her chances at the Cross Country event is Scotiabank’s Laverne Evelyn. The Scotiabank employee has won back-to-back running events in the female category –Green Mile and Chancellor Challenge- and would be in search of her first Cross Country victory if she faces the starter’s whistle at the Sevilla Golf Course.
The women’s run is sure to be keenly contested as Aerobics champ Joseph will be aiming for her second straight win at the Cross Country event. Joseph has proven that she has stamina on her side, but Evelyn and rest of the pack will try their best to stop a repeat performance.
For the Cross Country run, male participants will make three laps of the 2.2km course while their female counterparts will make two laps of the course. Those who are not inclined to make multiple laps can participate in the respective fun ‘walk and run’ events which will only see persons making one lap of the course.
CariFin’s Family Day and Cross Country events will have something for everyone to partake in. If you are not keen on running or walking, you would be able to try your luck at Tug of War or even dancing.
Don’t let this event pass you by folks, head out to the Sevilla Golf Course and have a grand time with your friends and the CariFin team.