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CariFin Games Competition Revvs Up


Phillips/Harrikissoon cop male titles; Evelyn/Henry grab female honors

Registered participants in the CariFin Games were definitely in their competitive zones on Wednesday April 27, 2016 at 5.10 pm at the Green Mile, 1 Lap challenge; and were also happy to meet, greet and compete with their fellow runners and walkers, the slight showers about 1 hour before the start was a blessing in disguise that kept the dust at bay, the cool gentle afternoon breeze was an added incentive to the participants.

The one-lap Green Mile, the second athletic event on the four-card competitive series of the CariFin Games shaped up to be an afternoon of quick excitement as approximately 1,000 runners and walkers converged along the inside of the one-mile sand track in the Queen’s Park Savannah, POS.

President of Central Bank Sports and Cultural Club Heera Dookran was on hand and noted, “CariFin 2016 gives us more than just an opportunity to network with members of other financial institutions. We indeed experience fun, fitness and friendship.  Having the CBTT family participate in CariFin’s 25th Anniversary reignited our passion and fostered a sense of community in the Bank once again.”

IMG_2422As the runners lined up, usually starting ahead of the walkers, the top ten challengers in the running category made sure they secured good starting positions in anticipation of the tricky first turn along the track. Abijah Phillip of Republic Bank, winner of the 1 Lap Savannah event in 14.05 seconds, no doubt executed his game plan again, securing his second win of the Games, coming in at a time of 5.30 seconds. At the end of the hard fought victory, Phillip had this to say, “The Green Mile was a challenging race, I knew that the other guys would be very competitive over the shorter distance and I’m not the best sprinter so I knew it would be very hard to win, I just went out an tried my best and thankfully I won.”

First Citizens’ Keston Gabriel who placed second, in the 1 lap Savannah challenge, was gaining on the leader as they make their way to the finish line; however, Phillip finished with a 2-seconds lead, and Gabriel again taking second place in 5.32 seconds. Kris Deonanan of Guardian Group secured third place in 5.39 seconds.

The lead pack for the female runners included Lavern Evelyn of Scotiabank IMG_2461and Jiletta Landeau of Guardian Group  and Chelsea – Ann Phillips of Central Bank. After the first 400 meters the leaders emerged and it was Lavern Evelyn of Scotiabank, completing the one-mile course in 6.37 seconds. “It was an enjoyable experience, I have improved my speed as I worked on my muscle strength. My competition is myself and I am satisfied with my results.”

Evelyn was followed by Jiletta Landeau of Guardian Group in 6.45 seconds, who also saw improved timing “My time improved from last year and there were also more competitive runners this year.” Central Bank’s Chelsea Ann Phillips finished in the third spot in 6.48 seconds.

Among the male walkers, First Citizens’ Deodath Harrikissoon was like a man on a mission, upright in technique and a quick one-two rhythm, arms and legs in sync as he stormed in for his second straight win in the series in 9.55 seconds, looking well on his way to securing the overall championship walker title for the 5th consecutive year. Harrikissoon was followed by Jade Camps of Guardian Group in 10.03 seconds and Clem Jubrasingh of RBC Royal Bank in 10.06 seconds.

The female walker category was dominated by the Republic Bank camp who copped the top three titles: Aliya Henry in first place with a 10.52 seconds timing; Tessa Weeks and Keshona George filled second and third spots respectfully in 10.55 seconds and 12.00 seconds.



CariFin Games, founded in 1991, is dedicated to the promotion of an individual’s responsibility for their own health and fitness by encouraging them to live a more active lifestyle. This sense of personal responsibility is not offered in isolation. There is also the opportunity for friendly rivalry and competition, networking and camaraderie, as represented in our slogan: “Fun, Fitness & Friendship”. Additionally, for the last two years CariFin Games has partnered with the Voice of Lupus foundation, where proceeds from the registration of the games go towards the foundation.

All participating companies are set to compete in:

Name of Event Date Start Time Location
Urban Challenge Wednesday April 13thOne Lap Savannah 5:00p.m. Queen’s Park Savannah, P.O.S.
Wednesday April 27thGreen Mile 5:00p.m. Sand Track, Queen’s Park Savannah
Wednesday May 11thChancellor Challenge 5:00p.m. Chancellor Hill
Cricket/Football Saturday May 14th 10:00a.m. RBL Grounds, Barataria
Aerobics Burn Out Wednesday May 18th 5:00p.m. T.B.A.
All Fours Competition Saturday May 21st 12:00 Noon Guardian Group
Family Day Sunday June 5th 10:00a.m. Sevilla Golf Course, Couva
Fundraising Boat Cruise Saturday July 9th 8:00p.m. Harbour Master

For further information about CariFin Games 25th Anniversary or to schedule an interview with Wayne Roberts please call 487 9487 or email

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