New Winners Emerge in Run as CITI’s Lee Hay take womens title and RBCs Jedidiah Benjamin the mens; First Citizens Harrikissoon makes it three for the walk and Aliya Marisa Henry of RBL is the Female Champion
The excitement continued in the CariFin Games One Lap Savannah as members of the financial services sector came together for the first of an eight-event schedule. This took place on Wednesday April 09, 2014 at 5.30 pm at the Queen’s Park Savannah opposite TGI. The participants had a fun time with the aerobics warm-up which was sponsored by Guardian Group. A large section of the crowd moved in time to the instructor’s moves as he took them through their paces. The atmosphere was charged with the electricity generated from fun, fitness and friendship, our mantra and watchwords of the CariFin Games.
After the runners toed the starting line, they each tried hitting the corner onto the pitch walk to look for that perceived advantage. After the runners were out of sight the walkers stepped up to the starting line and had their time to shine.
According to event manager Anthony LeMaitre, “That was a massive crowd to deal with, everyone had a good time…the atmosphere was fantastic.”
The announcement coming from PA system indicated that the first set of runners were approaching. Two figures could be seen, one leading, the other chasing. One could see it was going to be close with 20 meters to go and Jedidiah Benjamin of RBC gaining on Rashad Blenman of Guardian Group. With the last 10 – 8 meter, first timer Benjamin was just able to edge past Blenman on the line to take the One Lap honours. Benjamin nabbed him in 15.07.03 and Blenman settled for 2nd in 15.07.06. “We are glad to see RBC is still competitive and we are able to win even if Simon Kalestein (2013 winner) wasn’t able to be there to defend his title. We were glad that Jedidiah Benjamin was able to step up to the plate and we look forward to the next three running events as they are going to be very exciting,” said Richard Downie Head, RBC Service Delivery South.
Among the females, things were less dramatic as CITI’s Lee Hay sealed the deal with a 17.20.6 time to give CITI their first taste of overall victory in any athletic event in CariFin. The Former Most Improved winner and team captain said, “I am self motivated, I have been training seriously since January for this.”
Susan Russel (a long standing top CariFin participant) of RBC took 2nd place in 19.05.6 and Simone Balkissoon of Sagicor crossed the line for 3rd spot in a time of 19.14.0.
In the walk Deodath Harrikissoon of First Citizens who is approaching legendary status in CariFin Games whipped the field 24.16. “This year I expected more competition but it felt good to wins it three years in row.”
Clem Jubrajsingh followed in at 24.19.3 and Terrance Worrel at 26.31.0.
Among the female participants, Aliya Marisa Henry of Republic Bank established her superiority on the field by finishing in 25.46.1 in the walking race. “It is unexpected, but winning is always nice,” she said. Kendra Richins and Tiffany Williams of First Citizens took 2nd place and 3rd respectively, finishing in 26:33.9 and 28:07.4.
In the end they all had fun. “They were all excited and happy and waiting and eager to come out to the Green Mile,” said Jagdath Soomarie team captain of IBL Bank.
The organizing committee would like to thank Blue Waters for being “The Official Water” for CariFin Games for their generous support.
The nine teams participating in CariFin Games this year are:
Unit Trust Corporation
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