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Rasheeda Ann Moncada

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Rasheeda Ann Moncada

An Unmatched Double Hat-trick…

Rasheeda2-2For the past twenty-three years, CariFin Games has served as a playground and platform for incredible athleticism, camaraderie and celebration. The Games has allowed many athletes to express their talents in various forms; it has given them an opportunity to grow and develop within the world of sports and be recognized for their efforts. CariFin Games has also provided an outlet for these athletes to be heard

CariFin Games wishes to recognize and remember these individuals and their notable feats as they were discovered, nurtured and allowed to blossom as everyone observed with smiles, applause and pride. To kick off this series of recognition, it is with pleasure that we commence with non-other than, Rasheeda Ann Moncada (formerly Mohammed) an athlete who ruled her era fearlessly

Rasheeda Ann Moncada remains the only participant in the history of the event to capture three consecutive Carifin Cross Country Run titles and four consecutive Carifin Cross Country RaceWalk titles. These two major races are held within fifteen minutes of each other testing the mettle of many eager athletes who attempt to attain this prestigious double victory each year. Ms. Moncada secured her double victories for three years in a row which, thus far, has remained an unmatched double hat-trick. A unique accomplishment that emphasizes the versatility and brawn of this athlete.

Ms. Moncada also dominated the CariFin Urban Challenge then known as the 4-Part Fitness Challenge when it debuted in 2001. She displayed her range of skill and fitness by winning all four legs of the event; the Botanic Gardens Mini Cross Country, the Queens Park Savannah One-Lap (2.2 Miles in an impressive 14:02 minutes), the 400m sprint and the Aerobics Marathon. A feat she repeated in 2002. In this year she took her eventual departure from our financial services sector.

A remarkable athlete who no doubt had set herself above her competition by her unquestionably distinguished performance. She had that drive to excel with a clear focus and a sense of destiny when it came to her sport. Along with the excellent guidance, support and encouragement of Nickolas Day, her coach; a phenomenal and reputable athlete who attained numerous notable wins at Carifin Cross Country himself, she had a much decorated athletic career with CariFin as well as in the Caribbean Region.Rasheeda2-2

She was the pride of the institution she represented at the time; Eastern Credit Union Co-Operative Society Ltd. and the envy of every female competitor who would have preferred to taste of the glory she attained. She also created a dent in the ego of some male RaceWalkers. But, hard work, consistency and self confidence separated her from her competition. An athlete with a unique sense of style; she always made a strong fashion statement on and off the course. She was a darling of the media.

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Teams: Didn’t find the new route too difficult and had great fun carrying the Torch along its way as some put their hands in the air, danced and smiled towards their journey to the finish line.
 

Covernor Rambaran leading off the Torch Relay

The members of staff of the financial services sector who took part in CariFin Torch Relay on Saturday April 06, 2013 had much to say about the new route of the Torch Relay. The torch left central bank at around 7.15 am and was very successful towards its journey to the new ending point, Guardian Holdings Limited, Westmoorings. This new route sparked some interest among teams who would not normally field torch bearers for the relay. These teams were out and bursting with excitement with 15 to 25 members enjoying the experience of Torch bearers, for what would herald the start of 22nd edition of the CariFin Games. The Torch Relay could not asked for a better start as the Central Bank Governor Rambaran lead off with the Torch to start Central Bank’s leg of the relay, and it ended in grand style as GHL team was welcomed by Tassa playing, calypso music and enthusiastic staff who gave them a rousing welcome.

Team IBL felt excited to come out and show their team support, all with the intention to make a lasting impression in CariFin Games this year. Sharda Siewsankar, team leader for IBL said, despite the fact that they felt their leg was too short; their main thing was to have fun.

The excitement was not only among the IBL team but however across all participating financial institution. Central Bank security team leader, Desmond Dass said, after the Torch Relay the team is excited and all fire up for the CariFin Games starting on April 17, 2013.

Richard Downie Head – Service Delivery Southern Caribbean RBC felt the new route encouraged more participation, and it made sense to stop in front the participating institutions to take photographs. Ending at GHL was fantastic.

For those who were accustom with the normal route taught that this change in course was successful in getting participants for the relay. I was excited by the level of satisfaction expressed by participants/team to the new course, said a member who was there on the first torch relay, which took participants from Port of Spain to Couva.

This demonstrates once again that change can come at a good time and inject new life and energy to something that seemed to be life support.  One thing we kept and would continue to keep is the opportunity for the leaders to meet and show support for the event, which is done at the start.

CariFin Games main purpose is to promote a healthier more active lifestyle for members of the financial services sector, foster closer camaraderie, create a platform of recognition and reward to our champions for the development of their fitness and more efficient technique.
Team GHL ending the Torch Relay

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