CariFin Games

Financial Sector works out some Maths issues to have a blast at CariFin Family Day

 

“Fun, fitness and friendship” may have been the driving words behind CariFin’s Family Day on Sunday, but the participants from the country’s various financial institutions certainly did not leave their competitive spirits at home.

Hundreds of persons braved the inclement weather to come and represent their companies at the Sevilla Golf Course in Couva; and they had a grand old time.
The eager participants were treated to an array of unique novelty events which really tested their coordination, agility and even mental sharpness. The novelty event which really caused a stir was the ‘Maths Relay’. If you are thinking that this event was a piece of cake for members of the banking sector, then you are mistaken. The addition, subtraction, division and multiplication that the competing field endured was no easy task as it appeared that the event manager Anthony Le Maitre had taken some special time to whip up a devious sum. With no calculators involved, the teams appeared to struggle on the division section of the sum as they were made to divide a six figure-plus number by 24.
Eventually, the teams were able to brainstorm among themselves as they overcame the challenging sum.

With the Maths Relay a formality, the teams were able to return to less arduous tasks as they engaged in events such as ‘Pop it and Hook up’, ‘Island Hopping’ ‘Shuttle/Balloons Relay’ and ‘Hard Wuk Relay’. Guardian seemed to have their novelty events down pat as they strode away with the Pop it and Hook up and Hard Wuk Relay races. The latter event may have fallen just inside the PG-13 rating.

The popular Tug-O-War was next on the agenda and the representatives from Unit Trust, RBL, Central Bank, Guardian, ANSA and FCB were intent on flexing their muscles. At the end of the preliminary pulls, RBL, ANSA and FCB had fallen by the wayside. The soggy surface meant that some of the tumbles weren’t too nice.
With just three institutions standing, Central Bank emphatically tugged their way to victory as they overcame both Guardian and Unit Trust with ease.

Central Bank showed that they had more than just brawn and toughness on their side too, as their selected dance pair sauntered off with the tightly contested Dance Off. The Governor, Dr Alvin Hillaire fittingly led the way as he and his partner dished out a number of silky routines en route to their win. The DJ played his part too, as he made it difficult for the dancers to get familiar with one particular genre or beat. But the Governor and the rest of the dancing circle responded by giving the crowd a truly entertaining show.

Talking about shows, the Ms CariFin delegates were not to be left out as they ensured that the Family Day finished in style. Having wooed the audience with their dance routines earlier in the day, the ladies returned to finish off their competition with a short aerobics burnout and a Q&A segment. The girls gracefully participated in the burnout before entering the challenging Q&A segment.
After all the shimmying, twirling, tricky questions and tense adjudication, RBL’s Christine Villafana was crowned Ms CariFin 2016. Villafana, who placed fourth in the Fun Walk earlier in the day, showed that she still had the spunk and energy left to wear the Ms CariFin sash.

As promised, CariFin’s Family Day 2016 had something for everyone, including the kids, and we do hope that you thoroughly enjoyed it!

 

 

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Sevilla Golf Course

 

After three Events – O’Neil headlines a strong male contingent to Sevilla golf course, First Timer Joseph with a 1 point lead goes after her first female cross country title, Harrikissoon tries to make it four in the walk and Henry unbeaten so far in the female walk: to take on all comers on Sunday

More than the Individual titles are at stake – the winning team title and the Co-ed Champions are to be settled as well.

Port of Spain, Wednesday, May 20, 2015.  The financial services sector is excited and waiting with bated breath for the start of the 24th Edition CariFin Games Cross Country scheduled to start at approximately 4.15 pm. This is the final and crowning event in a four-part series designed to promote health and fitness, camaraderie and healthy rivalry, friendship and closer networking among the staff of the financial services sector. Nine institutions took part in the preliminary events and they are expected to converge on the Sevilla golf course to compete for individual and team awards. Some new and exciting talent has emerged from the series so far.  Sunday at Sevilla we will have an opportunity see them in action, as a number of issues will be settled. We will all walk away knowing who are the best overall runners in the CariFin Universe and the overall ranking of the participants in the series.

 Ryan-O'NeilRyan O’Neil of Guardian Group had a good series and that may be an understatement; a perfect season by our records having not lost an event so far, his score card reads (1+1+1=3), from the 1 Lap Savannah, Green Mile and Chancellor Hill Challenge. He heads into this Sunday’s final with confidence knowing he hasn’t been beaten at all so far. His chances are very good, no doubt he’s feeling quite confident, “So far I have only been preparing mentally. My goal is just to have fun.” That was his response when asked how he feels about this weekend’s Cross Country competition.

The runner who garnered the second least amount of points and sits in second place is Jedidiah Benjamin of RBC Bank. He acquired these points by getting (3+2+4=8 points) in the three previous events and his wish or goal at the final cross country event Sunday is to “To beat Ryan O’Neil!”. (He is participating in Fusion the day before).

 John Donaldson 2014 cross country winner and a participant in this event for the last 6 to 7 years – having won it twice within those years is hoping to run around the same time or faster than he did and won in last year.  From all indications being shown so far in the earlier races is whether or not that it would be enough to win. He has to come up with some surprises at the finish to keep up with the naturally faster finishing, younger runners. “Hopefully I can finish in the same time as last year or faster”.

  In the female runners’ camp things are a little bit more interesting but equally exciting and maybeSusan-Russel more nervous as shown in the earlier events.  So far Susan Russell from RBC Bank and the 2014 cross country champion won the first two events comfortably but was behind three spots in the Chancellor Challenge finishing in 4th place. (1+1+4=6 points).  As a previous winner of this event Russell has the experience and ability to pull this off. This is something you must be present to see.

 Adona Joseph of Sagicor took the opportunity to take the lead in the series after the Chancellor Challenge event by doing, (2+2+1=5 points). On Chancellor she tied with Jilletta Landeau of Guardian Group in 16.18 but was awarded first position. Thus, a showdown exists to see how the score will settle in Sunday’s Cross,  to establish the top three placings  and the series rankings. Jiletta Landeau of Guardian Group had a relatively mild start placing third in the 1 lap and in the Green Mile, then taking it up a notch with a tie situation on Chancellor hill gaining 2nd place which gave her (3+3+2=8 points) Entering the finals on Sunday she says “Hoping to do my best.”
Russell and Joseph aren’t sharing any trade secrets for Sunday.

 While the male and female runners strive for their best performance in the cross country, any team with five runners both in the male and female category that can accumulate the lowest aggregate time for their five runners will win the team Cross Country trophy. Just as well the co–ed champions title is to be determined in this race with the fastest male and female finishers combined time will win this trophy for one year.

In the walking category legend is in the making with Deodath Harrikissoon of First Citizens looking to take the male walking title for the fourth time in a row. So far in the series he has 1+1+1=3 points and looks to make it four out of four   for the Sevilla cross-country. Competition on Sunday could come from – Clem Jubrasingh of RBC Bank or Christopher Reid of Guardian Group. As Harrikissoon prepares Sunday’s decider he had this to say, “I am glad I am able to defend my title, and with no injuries I am hoping to win and I am confident about my chances.”

Aliya Marisa-Henry of Republic Bank has a (1+1+1=3) scorecard coming into the final on Sunday. Last year she didn’t make it into the finals because of injury but had an impressive series so far this year.  It would be a big moment for her and her team mates as well as family members as she tries to makes it four out of four with a win in the finals. Other walkers that factored in the series are Tessa Weeks of Republic Bank and Roxanne James-Wong of First Citizens with 7 and 8 points overall respectively. They could add more   competition in Sunday’s cross country walk.

Pack your coolers, bring your flags, banners, drums, whistle and line the course and support your team mates, colleagues and friends as we strive to make this one of the most memorable and better supported cross country race day ever.

We would like to thank the following sponsors who have supported us so far. Bluewaters the official water of the games. Subway – The official Sandwich, Brixel Design Studio, Unicom, Lezama Electrical, TATEC Limited, Massy Motors, Massy Finance, True Green, Eastern Credit Union and Topmark Limited.

The nine teams participating in CariFin Games this year are:First Citizens
Grace Kennedy
Guardian Group
JMMB GROUP
Republic Bank
RBC
Sagicor
Scotiabank
Unit Trust Corporation

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Blenman of Guardian Group returns to win CariFin Chancellor Challenge

Harrikissoon and Lee Hay of First Citizens & CITI look unbeatable; Natasha David  adds second win to the bag.

BlemanChChPort of Spain, Tuesday, May 08, 2014.  Rashad Blenman of Guardian Group returned to the third athletic event of CariFin Games, the Chancellor Challenge that took place on Wednesday May 07 2014. CariFin Games has a 4-race schedule and after missing the second event – the Green Mile he returned to impress on the Hill.  Late in the Chancellor Challenge almost at the top Blenman overtook John Donaldson of First Citizens who was comfortably running in 1st position. Blenman claimed the top spot from the former winner of this race and cross country champion. This event more than any other would indicate to participants of all three events so far how they are doing.Rashad Blenman said,   “Even though I was way behind, I knew eventually with patience  and execution I could pull it off.”

Deodath Harrikissoon of First Citizens and Lee Hay of CITI are unbeaten so far in this four part athletic series. Harrikissoon a male walker and Hay as a female runner  look like they will be unbeaten. Their wins put them in a good position to take the full series especially if they can maintain winning in the last event. Natasha David of Republic Bank is enjoying her second win in this four part series.
LeeCHa2“My training has been harder this year. I expected more of a challenge but it was not there.” said Deodath Harrikissoon after the race.

One good thing about these three events is it allows a participant  to gauge their performance in the series, as they prepare for the culminating event – The CariFin Cross Country which takes place on Sunday June 08, 2014 at Sevilla Golf Course, Couva.

This is the 23rd Edition of CariFin Games and the main purpose of  is to promote health and fitness within the financial services sector of the Caribbean, also camaraderie, friendly rivalry, friendship, and a platform to showcase athletics and sporting excellence.

Next Wednesday May 14, 2014 opp. TGI the staging of the CariFin Aerobics Burnout   takes place at 5.00pm

Carifin Games Chancellor Top 3 Finishers

Top 3 Male Runners
1st Rashad Blenman 14:50.7 – Guardian Group
2nd John Donaldson  15.05.1  – First Citizens
3rd  Jean-Marc De Boulet, 15.35.3 – SAGICOR

Top 3 Female Runners
1st Lee Hay 18:41.1 – CITI
2nd Susan Russell 19:59.6 – RBC Bank
3rd Simone Balkisissoon – 20:17.8 – SAGICOR

Top 3 Male Walkers
1st Deodath Harrikissoon, 20.38.7 – First Citizens
2nd Clement Jubrajsingh 22:42.8 – RBC Bank
3rd Terrance Worrel 23:33.8 – RBL Bank

Top 3 Female Walkers
1st Natasha David –   RBL- 21.01.0
2nd Roxanne James – 21.32.0 – First Citizens
3rd Judy Alexander  – 25.26.6 – Sagicor

The organizing committee would like to thank Blue Waters  “The Official Water” for CariFin Games for their generous support.
The nine teams participating in CariFin Games this year are:
CITI
First Citizens
Guardian Group
IBL Bank
Republic Bank
RBC
Sagicor
Scotiabank
Unit Trust Corporation

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CariFin Games CNMG Highlights

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7 things every Team Leader should Know plus One More

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Interview with John Donaldson after the Green Mile

May 19, 2012

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Central Bank Duo takes the run and First Citizens captures the Walk.

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Wendy D’arbasie describes her participation at the One Lap Savannah

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The Green Mile – “Meet the Participants” Podcast

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