CariFin Games 1 Lap Savannah

RBL goes for the hattrick

A big turnout is expected for the CariFin Games 1 Lap Savannah

The financial services sector would be out in their glory to take part in the 1st competitive event of the 27th Edition of the CariFin Games. Excitement would fill the air opposite T.G.I. Fridays, as Republic Bank has thrown down the gauntlet to fellow members of the financial services sector as the team to win the overall champion trophy for the 3rd time in a row. At 5.30pm, 8 of the top financial institution will vie for top honors as both walkers and runners will challenge for supremacy and bragging rights in the 1st of 8 events that make up these Games. At the end we would see if RBL would be able to hold on to the financial services sector top sporting trophy or if some other team in the industry would rise up and steal their glory. Team captain for RBL Somers Julien – “We feel good at Republic Bank and for 2018, we want to bring it on, we want to make it a hat trick and you see the team is well geared up, this year we have a large contingent and we want to sustain that throughout the games. We are looking forward to CariFin!”

This year’s participating institutions are Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, Republic Bank Limited, First Citizens Bank, Guardian Group, Royal Bank of Canada, JMMB Group, Sagicor Life Inc and ANSA Financial Services.

The 1 Lap Savannah course loops around the Queen’s Park Savannah, a distance of approximately 2.28 miles; from last year we added a little piece to the usual course, meaning instead of starting at the entrance opposite TGI and going out unto and based on the results of previous years, the first finisher will be expected at the starting point at TGI Friday’s in approximately 14 minutes.

In 2017 we saw Tessa Weekes walk away with the female walking champion title and there is no doubt that this year won’t be a walk in the park, so all competitors must bring their A game if they intend to take this title or any other title this year.



March 03rd – May 20th

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 few 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 March 14th

One Lap Savannah

5:00p.m. Queen’s Park Savannah, P.O.S.
Wednesday March 21st

Green Mile

5:00p.m. Sand Track, Queen’s Park Savannah
Wednesday March 28th

Chancellor Challenge

5:00p.m. Chancellor Hill
Aerobics Burn out Wednesday April 04th 5.00p.m. Eric Williams Plaza
Table Tennis Saturday April 07th 12 noon 3rd Floor Gym Facility Central Bank
Cricket/Football Saturday April 14th 10.00 a.m. RBL Sports Ground, Baratria
All Fours Saturday April 21st 10:00a.m. TBA
Carifin Fun Day Sunday May 20th 10:00a.m. Sevilla Golf Course Couva
Fundraiser TBA TBA


For further information about CariFin Games 27th Anniversary or to schedule an interview with Wayne Roberts please call 487 9487 or email



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






Jedidiah receiving his trophy

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and First Citizens (FC) won big at the CariFin Games 2014.

RBC’s Jedidiah Benjamin and Susan Russell were the eventual winners of the overall running champion title.

This was the first time Jedidiah competed in the games while Susan had taken a two year hiatus from competition.

Following her victory Susan said she enjoyed meeting people who she interacted with electronically, adding that “this year was one of the toughest in terms of competition, as the strength and abilities of the present crop of runners was more closely matched”.

FC’s Deodath Harrikissoon and Roxanne James took the walking event series aggregating the lowest points along the way.

The athletics competition consists of a One Lap Savannah run around the Queen’s park Savannah, Port of Spain, a run around the Savannah’s sand track (Green Mile), the Chancellor Challenge, an uphill event where participants were asked to run for approximately 2 miles.


Jedidiah competing in CariFin’s cross country event at Sevilla Golf Course,Couva

Finally there was the CariFin cross country event which took place at Sevilla Golf Course in Couva; male athletes are expected to do 3 laps of the course, while females completed two (2) laps.Jedidiah surprised everyone on Wednesday April 09, 2014 by winning the one lap Savannah run and added one point to his tally.

Jedidiah’s victory was no surprise to him as the Savannah was not a new experience.

Guardian Group’s Nathan Patterson took the top spot in the Green Mile on Wednesday April 30, 2014, this meant Jedidiah had to settle for 2nd place and was awarded 2 points.

In the uphill event – Chancellor Challenge which took place on Wednesday May 07, 2014 Jedidiah who had a hamstring injury finish 3rd to Blenman and John Donaldson.

“I was unable to distance myself from the other runners” Jedidiah said following the race.

He took 2nd place behind John Donaldson at the CariFin cross country race on Sunday June 08, 2014 to amass the lowest aggregate points among the men totaling 8 (1+2+3+2).

Ms. Susan Russell - Female Cross Country Winner - CariFin Games 2014

Ms. Susan Russell – Female Cross Country Winner – CariFin Games 2014

For next, the champion plans “to win all the events I participate in especially the cross country event.”

Over the 4 events the female winner, Susan amassed the following points (3+2+2+1) equaling 8 to stave off all challengers to win the honors.

Deodath’s scores are very easy to calculate as he won all 4 of the events in the Challenge Series; this is the 3rd year in succession he has captured this title.

Roxanne took the series Challenge with points of (2+2+2+1) giving her a total of 9 points to claim the series challenge winner for the 1st time.

For those participants who couldn’t make it to Sevilla golf course for the final event of the Series challenge for some reason or the other they would be recognize in the 3 event (Urban Challenge), which took place in Port of Spain.

These events are the 1 Lap savannah, The Green Mile and the Chancellor Challenge.

The best performance coming from those 3 events was from CITI’s Lee Hay she had a very good run in the series with 3 wins or 1st place in those events. In 2nd and 3rd place were Avianne Antoine of Republic Bank and Miguella Nelson of Unit Trust Corporation.

Among the men in the Urban Challenge Tyler Joseph of RBC took 1st place, Gregory Persad of Guardian Group 2nd and Kieron Rocke of First Citizens filled 3rd spot.

The CariFin Games community looked forward to these results very much as they indicate who have excelled over the 4 event series by scoring the lowest aggregate points over the course of those events.

The CariFin Games is the coming together of members of the financial services sector using the power of the work place to promote health and fitness actives in a fun way.

CariFin Games Series Challenge or 4 event challenge offered participants the opportunity to vie for the title of Best overall athlete in the Games and carry home prizes from the series and the top position in the cross country event.


Financial Institutions: Record numbers register for CariFin Games 1 Lap Savannah

April 15, 2013

Top Contenders: Defending female champion Wendy D’arbasie is returning to defend; John Donaldson headlining for the male as last year champion not returning.   The financial services sector was bubbling with excitement on Friday April 12, 2013 as they try to meet the deadline for registration. The phones were busy, as people made every effort […]

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