The Curtain Raiser
After coming in from a very successful 2016, 25th-anniversary event, CariFin 2017 is set to create yet another big stir within the financial services sector sporting arena and calendar.
The excitement is no doubt stirring as teams are set to participate in a variety of events over the next few weeks, starting with the Torch Relay on Saturday.
The opening salvo from RBL is that they are coming back to defend their overall title of the Games – ‘CariFin Champion Trophy’. The Champion’s Trophy goes to the team that garnered or accumulated the most points over the course of the games from to Torch Relay to Final Day of competition at the Family Day, where the curtain comes down on 2 months of steady and hard fought competition between the top teams of the financial services sector.
The Individual champions have added their voice to the bragging with Aerobics male and female champions – both 2-time champions – Adona Joseph of Sagicor and Stephan Thomas of RBL feeling they have done enough to take it to 3 in a row.
The man Gerardo Felix who scored the most goals in the football tournament for 2016 feels he can lead the CBTT football team, who have never raised the football champion cup in glory, to the place of victory.
In the running category excitement just waits to explode, with the kind of improvement seen within the ranks of the male runners. With 17 to 18 minutes times being registered for 5ks, coming into 2017 we will witness an action filled category.
2017 Most Improved male winner vows that Guardian Group is coming back to take the ‘Champion Trophy’.
In the female running category after the 1st race on April 05 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, it is the only after the race is run you would be able to assess who is most likely to take top honors, it’s that sticky.
In the walking category, things are a little more predictable for the men with the four-time champion expected to pull it off again – unless something radical happens to affect his health or fitness.
Tessa Weeks has risen steadily to the top of the rank in female walking and it would be hard to dislodge her from that stellar position as her discipline and confidence make her the favorite to dominate again in 2017.
The Governor Challenge is back for 2017, the most exciting and fun way to participate in CariFin games. This event has seen a bit of a facelift with the teams now allowed to pull participants from across the whole institution rather than the limited scope of a department.
Once a person works at the institution and fits one of the categories included in the competition, he or she can participate. This would allow teams a larger catchment to choose from to make up their teams. For a full description of the Governor Challenge click here.
Here is a breakdown of the coming events:
- On Saturday, the Torch Relay begins at the Central Bank at 7 a.m. The torch will be carried from (need information on the route)
- On Wednesday April 5, the one lap Savannah race will take place at 5 p.m. This race will feature both running and walking categories. Participants will be required to complete one lap around the Queen’s Park Savannah, which is the largest roundabout in the world and the largest open space in Port of Spain. The distance around the perimeter of the Savannah is just about 3.5 km.
- On Wednesday April 19, the Green Mile Challenge will take place at 5 p.m. This race also features walking and running categories and will take place inside the sand track at the Queen’s Park Savannah which is approximately 1 mile in distance.
- The much anticipated Chancellor Challenge will be held on Wednesday April 26 at 5 p.m. Participants will race to the top of Lady Chancellor Hill in a test of stamina, strength and speed. Lady Chancellor Hill is a 2 mile stretch of roadway beginning near the Emperor Valley Zoo and consisting of a steady incline to the top. It is popular with walkers and runners and general fitness enthusiasts.
- The next event on the CariFin calendar is the table tennis competition, which will take place on Saturday April 29 at Central Bank.
- The Aerobics burnout will come off on Wednesday May 3 at 5:30 p.m at the Central Bank Plaza. This will be a test of pure endurance to see who makes it to the end.
- On Saturday May 13 at the RBL grounds in Barataria, the cricket and football tournaments will take place. The activities are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Both events will feature 7-a-side teams. The cricket and football events are two activities where spouses of team members are allowed to participate. In the football tournament, each match will consist of two periods of ten minutes each.
The cricket tournament will consist of seven overs per inning. Each team must have at least one female member.
- The All Fours tournament will be held on Saturday May 20 at 12 noon at the Central Bank. Teams will consist of nine players (3 pairs and 3 subs). Matches will be determined by random draw on the day. The deadline date for registration is April 15. Due to the large number of teams participating last year, and challenges with time, the tournament will start promptly at 10 a.m. with penalties for teams that are late.
- The Family Day will be held on Sunday May 28 at the Sevilla Golf Course in Couva at 10 a.m. The day will feature a number of events and activities for children and adults, including relay races, tug-of-war and dance off competitions. The CariFin cross country race and the Miss CariFin competition will also take place during the Family Day activities. The Miss CariFin competition showcases the female athletes. It is the most highly anticipated event of the day. Each participant in the event must have taken part in at least one of the urban challenges. It is no longer required for Ms CariFin participants to enter the cross-country race. They must, however, be the lead in their team’s three minute dance presentation on the day. The competition consists of the dance routine, an aerobic workout and a question and answer segment.
- A fundraising event is planned for a date yet to be determined.
- The prize distribution function will take place at the end of the Games for a date to be announced.
So now you know about the fun and fitness activities that make up the CariFin Games. But there are also lots of other prizes to be won.
A photojournalist prize will be given to the person with the most likes and shares on any photo taken at the Games that is uploaded on social media.
Persons must upload their photos to Facebook and Instagram using three hashtags: #funfitnessfriendship, #bestfanfotojournalist and the name of the event featured in the photo e.g. #chancellorchallenge, #onelapsavannah etc.
It’s that easy!
Persons must also tag @CariFin Games 2017 on both platforms. Photos can be still, animated or a collage.
Another coveted prize to be won is the Governor’s Challenge trophy.
The challenge entails a team taking part in all four running and walking events in the CariFin Games and working together to achieve the lowest aggregate time. Teams must consist of at 10 people and must include 2 females and 2 walkers. Teams must have a name that embodies the spirit of the team. A team leader must be appointed and the team must have a slogan dedicated to a specific cause. Teams must also be outfitted creatively.
CariFin might be all about fitness but there are many ways to gain points in the Games!
Teams can build up extra points for branding and uniformity.
Points are given for team size, teams that contain members over the age of 50, team spirit and energy and attendance or participation by at least two senior personnel at each event.
CariFin 2017 promises to be truly a few weeks of fun, friendship and fitness!
Written by Camille Hunte
(She loves solitude and nature and anything that takes her away from the hustle and bustle of life.)