Impressive Showing for TCI 2018 CARIFTA Swimmers

The team of nine TCI swimmers had their best showing ever in the 2018 CARIFTA swim competition in Kingston, Jamaica last weekend. Stand out swimmer Luke Haywood, 14, made it to three finals in the breaststroke events: 200 meter, 100 meter (1:13.82 ), and 50 meter (33.09). Top female swimmer Arleigha Hall, 17, swam to a top 16 place finish in the 50 meter free style (28.46).

All nine swimmers achieved Personal Bests in 43 out of 45 events they entered. The TCI team also for the first time fielded two female relay teams in the 400 meter and 200 meter freestyle distances, with two of the female athletes swimming above their age group.

Six of the nine TCI swimmers train in Provo (Leon Cummings, Jack Parlee, Alex Maclaren, Georgia Greatrex, Calen Castillo, and Lillian Taylor), while three (Luke Haywood, Arleigha Hall, and Raine Monet Williams) train in UK, Bahamas, and US respectively.

National Coach Jessica Soderquist stated: “I am incredibly proud of our swimmers, not just for their commendable performance in the pool, but as athletes and outstanding individuals in and out of the water. As it is with all competitive sport, swimmers face challenges and roadblocks, disappointments and successes. This competition was no different and all of our athletes showed resilience, courage, commitment, sportsmanship and humility. The people and the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands should be very pleased to have them out there competing as ambassadors for this growing sport.”

Team Manager Caren Castillo said, “It was a great pleasure spending a week in Jamaica with the TCI CARIFTA Swim Team that not only made Turks & Caicos sports history, but served as wonderful ambassadors for the country. We can be proud of all of them.”

Ben Stubenberg, President of the TCI Swim Federation added, “We are very happy with our swimmers who took on Caribbean swim powerhouses like Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guadeloupe, and Jamaica, among others. With proper competition swim facilities, we have no doubt there will be many more TCI swimmers in the finals and on the podium.”

Jarrett Forbes, Director of Sports, expressed, “We are very proud of our CARIFTA Swim Team! They represented the TCI well, in performance as well as ambassadors to our country. We appreciate the effort that the athletes and coaches put into training and competition and we are aware of the challenges our swimmers face in not having access to high performance training facilities. So we applaud the athletes and coaches for such a stellar performance in CARIFTA 2018. As we aim to develop swimming facilities in the TCI, we encourage young aspiring athletes to consider swimming and help us to continue to develop swimming in the TCI.”

Hon. Minister responsible for Sports, Edwin Astwood congratulated the athletes stating; "I commend the swimmers and coaches on competing well and achieving their personal best. No doubt that swimming is an up and coming sport in the TCI. The Ministry commits to providing support to the Swimming Federation and would like to encourage young persons to choose swimming."

The Hon. Minister expressed that swimming should be encouraged as a means of survival, as an avenue for healthy living and as a competitive sport. Hon. Minister Astwood hopes to have swimming as a sport representing the Turks and Caicos Islands at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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TCI Athletes Achieve Historic 4 Medals at Carifta 2018

This past weekend, Turks and Caicos Islands recorded historic achievements at the CARIFTA 2018 Games in Nassau, Bahamas by securing 4 medals.

The former Minister for Sports, Hon. Karen Malcolm, who held the portfolio for Sports until February 1, 2018 when it was transferred to Minister Hon. Edwin Astwood, attended the Games which commenced on Friday March 30th 2018.  Also, in attendance at the Games was Speaker of the House, Hon. Dwayne Taylor. 

Hon. Malcolm sent congratulations to the entire Team TCI for their outstanding performance; stating, “I want to congratulate the young people who have represented our country so well at CARIFTA. I was so proud to watch the performance of our young athletes from the sidelines.  They all did an excellent job, however, I must applaud the admirable performance of those who obtained medals and achieved their personal best at the Games.  I would be remiss if I did not offer congratulations to the coaches and the persons who accompanied the athletes to the Bahamas.  Team TCI has made its mark.  This is the first time a team has won four medals at a CARFITA Games.”

The results of the medal placement are as follows:

GOLD Medalist, Wikenson Fenelon, won the Octathlon;

SILVER Medalist, Ken Reyes, who came second in the Under 20 Boys 800m;

BRONZE Medalists, 4 x 100m Boys Under 17, Joshua Meghoo, Wooslyn Harvey, Daveon Durham and Darren Pierret; and

BRONZE Medalist, Javelin throw from Katrell Pierre.

The Minister, Hon. Malcolm added; “We, as a nation must be extremely proud of the medalists.  Their performance was superb and we have a great caliber of athletes.  Watching them compete on an international stage was a lifetime experience.  I am very impressed. Every member of Team TCI gave their best.  This was demonstrated in their performance this year.  It illustrates that discipline along with hard work and determination are definitely the keys to success. Again, I am so proud of their performance.”

The Minister also stated that she was very pleased with the group of athletes who travelled to Jamaica to compete in CARIFTA Swimming Championships.  Their performances were also excellent and although they did not achieve a medal, most of them achieved their personal best and gained exposure to the world of swim competition.

Minister Malcolm encourages all youth to get involved in competition; be it athletics or otherwise.  She emphasized that her government will continue to invest in Sports.  She further added; “It is the intention of my government to improve the conditions offered to athletes, improve facilities available for them, and strengthen the country’s sport programmes in order to produce more world class athletes.  I can assure everyone that Sports is a priority for My Government; we will be strengthening our investment in sports to allow our children to develop their individual abilities from an early age.”

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TCIG Appoints Two New Dental Hygienist

The Office of the Deputy Governor is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Dental Hygienist, Ms. Raymonda Brown and Mr. Deangello Germain in the Turks and Caicos Government’s Dental Departments in Grand Turk and Providenciales, respectively.

 

Commenting on the appointment, Director of Dental Services Dr. Jameiko Harvey said; “I would like to welcome two of our very own, Ms. Raymonda Brown and Mr. Deangello Germain to the post of Dental Hygienist within the Dental Department.  These two individuals are the first Dental Hygienist to be hired by the Turks and Caicos Government and will be helping to combat the fight on gum disease in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“I can say that I am very proud of these two individuals and the direction that the Dental Department is heading.  As we look to reshape the way individuals think about their oral hygiene, in short order we will be reintroducing our mobile clinic in Providenciales which will help to eliminate the heavy traffic at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center and the roles of these two Hygienists will be critical in helping individuals to keep their teeth longer and to live a healthier life.”

 

Mr. Deangello Germain, who is a former track star, trained and competed alongside the great Delano Williams, but put aside his sporting ambitions to pursue a career in dentistry.  Mr. Germain having completed a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Technology has returned home to serve his country, and has further aspirations to become a Dental Surgeon, having already been accepted into Nova Southeastern University in the USA, where he intends to complete a Bachelors degree in Biology before applying to Dental School. 

Ms. Raymonda Brown redefines what it means to be dedicated as she was accepted to Dental Hygiene school some sixteen years ago and had to defer for personal reasons, but always kept in the back of her mind that one day she would finish what she started, so when the opportunity presented itself in the form of a Grant from the Civil Service Professional Development Fund to the APLUS Institute of Information Technology, Healthcare and Business in Toronto, Canada in 2016, Ms. Brown practically gave up everything to make her dreams come true.

Deputy Governor Anya Williams joined in congratulating both new appointees by stating:  “I am pleased to congratulate both Raymonda and Deangello on their new appointments and to wish them much success in their new roles.  Having had the opportunity to interact with them both I can emphatically state that they both are very passionate about their roles and about their profession.

 

“I am especially proud of their accomplishments and also of the efforts and accomplishments of the Dental Department through Dr. Harvey and the work that he continues to do to motivate young persons to pursue medical studies through the Clinic Exploration Program.

 

“I hope that their stories of success will continue to motivate others to pursue these most critical fields.”

 

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