If Simone Balkissoon had to describe herself in one word it would be determined.
This young lady from Team Sagicor takes her fitness seriously. Her determination has certainly paid off enabling her to secure good places in just her second year of participation at last year’s Carifin Games, 3rd at the One Lap Savannah, 3rd at the Chancellor Challenge and 9th at the Green Mile, all improvements from the year before. And although new to the Carifin Cross Country Event she still managed to place an impressive 2nd.
Simone admits to feeling a bit of an adrenalin rush before each race however her strategy is simple. For the tougher races like Chancellor, she holds back a little to get to a comfortable pace that she keeps until the end. An exemplar for the modern career woman of today, her training schedule is pretty rigid consisting of 2-3 runs per week (one chancellor and two laps savaanah), 2-3 TRX classes a week and the occasional pilates class. Outside of Carifin Simone has also taken part in the Scotia Bank Breast Cancer Run.
No stranger to fitness activity, she admits that exercise has always been a big part of her life having been in a gym for the past 10 years. She is now a proud member of the Sagicor Team, representing the company that she works for. A team that has grown immensely both in numbers and strength since their first participation in 2013. Their secret?
“Team Spirit” says Simone, and sends a warning to the other teams to expect an even stronger Sagicor team this year as they have even more new runners lined up.
And talking about team spirit, a high point for her at the Games is the level of camaraderie within the team. This is what makes Carifin Games so special and unique. It is also an opportunity to interact with the CEOs and Executives on another level “you get to see another side of people”. This has always been the major objective of Carifin .
Founded in 1991 as a series of sporting events developed to promote health, fitness, teamwork, camaraderie and friendship within the financial services sector, Carifin has grown to be a premier event on the sporting calendar.
When asked if she could change one thing about Carifin Games it would be to use Odessey once again for the race timings as she found they were much more efficient with timings up on the website within hours after the race.
All in all the Carifin experience has been an enjoyable one for her and she gives special thanks to Mr. Wayne Roberts and his team for the work, time and effort in making the event a reality each year.
Some words of advice for her female peers?
“Prioritise your health, take time to exercise regardless of how busy things get at the office”.
Great words of advice especially for the career woman of today !
We look forward to seeing more of Simone at the Carifin Games 2015.
It’s a New Year and that means once again the Carifin Calendar is abuzz with sporting activity, and as Simone indicated her Sagicor team is coming even stronger this year, which means the competition will be fierce, so teams you have to start preparing from NOW!
You don’t want to miss out on the fun and the action so put these dates on your calendar now:
We expect that this year will be even bigger and more exciting than years gone by with the return of defending teams and champions and we also give a special welcome to the new teams and athletes coming on board to be a part of the Carifin experience.
We look forward to a great year !