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The Games Have Begun

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1st timer Noel shocked everyone by emerging male leader in the CariFin Games One Lap Savannah, Russell returns to top the females in the run, Henry rises to the top among the women walkers, and Harrikissoon makes it four in a row.
 The spectators were entertained by the best runners and walkers in the CariFin Universe, as a result the evening atmosphere was charged with the expectation from the teams and their leaders to see what places were up for grabs.

Excitement reached fever pitch levels at the CariFin One Lap Savannah, which took place on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, opp. TGI. It was about 5 pm when the event was about to start. Nervous energy and anticipation could be felt as the runners were excitingly waiting on the starter’s horn to dash to the front, and get into that favorable position on the course, to execute what they did in training. Close to 1000 participants, comprised the walkers and runners in this race. Supporters and team leaders were in a frenzy as the race started to unfold, bringing the Queen’s Park Savannah alive and alight with excitement.
Mr. Ephraim Serrette, President of the National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) of Trinidad and Tobago, expressed the view that, “Other industries should have similar events promoting health and fitness among their members”.

Ryan-O'NealRyan O’Neal of Guardian Group couldn’t ask for a better opening event, as a first timer in the CariFin Games, he headed out of the main pack and when he got into stride no one was able to stay within striking distance. He had a solo effort to the finish line. Something to note, in 2014 this race was won in 15.07 by Jedidiah Benjamin of RBC who finished 3rd this year in 15.56.

O’Neal crossed the finish line in 14.28. “It felt good winning but it wasn’t anticipated, my team captain (Joella Richardson-Griffith) motivated me. It was a fantastic experience, also being my first time in CariFin Games.
Meanwhile last year’s 3rd place finisher in this event as well as the cross country champion, John Donaldson, felt that the time he took to navigate through the mass of people at the start would have cost valuable time.  As far as strategy he was way off  as his 15.12 for  2nd place reflected it, “I felt a little bit disappointed because I got caught badly in the pack, I don’t know how I would of done exactly, I am looking forward to the  Chancellor and Sevilla Cross country, because these have more pSusan_Russell2ace from  the start.

“My competition was not with the group of women, but more in terms of my personal times. I did a wonderful 17.47 but I was hoping to go below 18 minutes. Last year I did 19.05. Kudos to the team I train with, the Trinidad and Tobago Road Runners Club.” These were the happy expressions of RBC’s Susan Russell CariFin cross country winner for 2014, and the best performer over the athletic events in the CariFin Games 2014. Following behind her in 2nd place was Sagicor’s Adona Joseph in 18.19 and Jillette Landeau of team Guardian Group in 18.44 filling 3rd spot.

Deodath_HarrikissoonDeodath Harrikissoon of First Citizens made it four in a row, having not been beaten in any of the four stages for the last 3 years, and now taking the 1st race for 2015 in 23.28, taking on all newcomers on the day, and making light work of the course, he said after. “It was an overwhelming feeling winning for yet another year making it four in a row.” Clem Jubrasingh of RBC followed in 2nd place in a time of 23.32 and Christopher Reid of Guardian Group in 24.49.

Aliyah Henry representing Republic Bank showed that she had the ALIYA-MARISA-HENRY2will, passion and determination returning after winning this race in 2014, in a time of 25.46 but only able to make it to the 3rd stage (Chancellor Challenge), having to quit after completing 95% of the Chancellor hill after an injury she sustained. She returned in 2015 and has registered her 1st win in the 4-part series competition in a time of 26.58.

Things only get faster and steeper from here, it’s not the strongest or necessarily the fastest that makes it through these four event series, but those who are most skilled and have that perfect strategy to counter all the versions of the courses in the series which culminates at Sevilla Golf course in Couva with the famed Sevilla cross country race.

 Next event, Wednesday April 29, 2015 will be the CariFin One mile on the sand track.

We would like to thank the following sponsors who have supported us so far. Bluewaters the official water of the games. Subway, Brixel Design Studio, Unicom, Lezama Electrical, TATEC Limited and Topmark Limited.

The CariFin Games main objective is the promotion of health and fitness among the staff of the Financial Services sector, creating closer networking, friendship and camaraderie and that competitive spirit in sports.

The nine teams participating in CariFin Games this year are:
First Citizens
Grace Kennedy
Guardian Group
IBL Bank
Republic Bank
Unit Trust Corporation


1 Lap Savannah

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Registration for the Carifin Games 1 Lap Savannah is being carried out at a tremendous pace, as walkers and runners from the 8 participating financial institutions are making sure their names are on the database before the closing date on Friday, April 17th, 2015. You won’t have a chance after that to participate in the CariFin Games.

The CariFin Games 1 Lap Savannah event, would take place around the Queen’s Park Savannah starting and finishing opposite TGI.

This event is part of 7 others which comprises the CariFin Games event, each designed to promote a healthier more active lifestyle, personal responsibility for one’s health and fitness, closer connection among the staff of the financial services sector, and friendly rivalry and camaraderie.

There would be walkers and runners. The runners  go first followed by the walkers about 5 minutes after.

The age group for prizes are 20 – 30, 31 – 40, 41 – 50, 50 – 60, and 60 and over. This is a very exciting series with 3 events taking place in Port of Spain, hence the name the “Urban Challenge” which includes the 1 lap savannah, the Green Mile and the Chancellor Challenge.

Up to this stage winners are awarded with hampers and vouchers for the top 3 overall and age – group winners. The final part of the running/walking series take participants to Sevilla golf course for the final event, the Carifin cross country event. Here the top 10 finishers and age groups 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are handsomely rewarded with cash prizes for individual effort, and teams via for the trophies. The male and female cross country champion get to keep for one year the Carifin Challenge trophy.

The 1 lap Savannah promises to be a lot of fun, as people of all levels of fitness, sizes and shapes make sure they are at the starting line when the race start.

CariFin Games is a great gathering point and meeting place for the active members of the financial services sector, as we promote personal responsibility for one’s health and fitness.

Come Wednesday April 22nd 2015, we would witness one of the most exciting and closely fought events so far in the history of the event.

Excitement scenes from 2014 flashes before your mind and you wonder if the finish would be a close encounter, taken down to the wire as the first place is decided.

Could Jedidiah Benjamin of RBC make it 2 straight in a row for the 1 lap savannah? Guardian Group runners would be gunning for him as he is no doubt coming in as the favourite. How could he cope with that kind of pressure that comes with that expectation, hoping he can deliver on the big day? Last year’s female winner Lee Hay would be missing all the fun and action as she would not be running this year, as CITI is not participating, and won’t be having a team in Carifin. So last year’s 2nd place winner Susan Russel would most likely ascent to number 1 at this stage.

Stay tuned, Come out and Witness the first event of the Carifin Games