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TCI Minister attends 9th Commonwealth Sports Ministers meeting on the Gold Coast

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#GoldCoast, Queensland, Australia – April 9, 2018 –  Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services, Hon. Edwin Astwood, attended the 9th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting (9th CSMM) 2 – 3 April, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.  

The Meeting was held directly before the commencement of the Commonwealth Games – Gold Coast 2018 – and welcomed Sports Ministers and delegates from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories.  The Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Right Hon. Patricia Scotland, Q.C. opened the meeting and introduced the chair of the meeting, Australian Minister for Sports, Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie.

The role of this year’s 9th CSMM was underpinned by three key themes:

Strengthening the value and integrity of sport through policy coherence;

Leveraging sport investment as a contributor to the Sustainable Development Goals and human rights; and

Enhancing Commonwealth cooperation to promote a cohesive sport policy agenda.  

Following the Sports Ministers Meeting, the Commonwealth Secretariat released a communique which captures the joint strategies and collective action of the Commonwealth Sports Ministers.  

Sports Minister, Hon. Edwin Astwood, was accompanied by Deputy Secretary, Tamera Howell-Robinson and Director of Sports, Jarrett Forbes. Minister Astwood shared; “This meeting of Sports Ministers highlighted that sports should not only be viewed as a sector but as an industry.” He further noted; “The objectives of the meeting ties in with what we want to do with Sports as it is a contributor to national development some key areas of development include sports tourism, health and well being, and enhancing the longevity of our population.”

Minister Astwood, while on the Gold Coast, also visited with the athletes and officials of Team TCI at Village 2018 and attended the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

Team TCI includes athletes participating in two sporting areas – Shooting and Athletics.

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HJ Robinson crowned Interscholastic Basketball League 2021 and 26th Annual Basketball Championship winners

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#TurksandCaicos, December 22, 2021 – After a 19-game season, the top teams HJ Robinson High School and Clement Howell High competed in the Interscholastic Basketball Tournament 2021 playoffs, with HJ Robinson High School securing the Champion title on December 11, 2021.

The playoffs experienced a tremendous audience turnout, with high paced sportsmanship from the players.

Coached by Omardi Morris and Kristien Simons, HJ Robinson won the playoff championship game 63-62 to the Clement Howell High School.  Coach Morris shared “We were notified late about the tournament so we were really out of shape in the beginning and had to pick up our conditioning.  But we actually embraced that adversity and that’s something we preached entirely today and have been preaching throughout our whole season.  We like the adversity, we like the challenge it makes us better. We’re Goliath now, we’re the dogs on top.”

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) moniker was awarded to Davaurii Daniel (22 points, 2 steals, 3 rebounds) from the HJ Robinson High School.  Daniel in the height of excitement shared “It’s just a blessing.  I got a little bit of tears of joy.  After I heard the final buzzer I was so happy.  The one [shot] I hit on the wing of it when I got the ball the defender was in my face and I shot it and it went in.  This is the moment I wanted, this is the moment we came here for so in my head I said we have to win this championship and this is a very improved moment for me”.

Clement Howell’s coach Kevin Harvey (along with Coach Kenneth Grant) shared appreciation for his team’s performance who dominated the first three quarters. Commending his rival coach, Smith said, “I give hats off to Coach Omardi, he did a heck off of a job.  That’s where the game is at it’s on the floor and we leave it there.  It’s anybody’s game for who gets mentally ready and it’s a challenge getting ready for four games.”

Marjorie Basden High managed to secure the third-place position against the Maranatha High School in another close call winning 64-62.  Both teams fought hard with a number of committed players, shaping up for a good future season of upcoming basketball tournaments.

Among the schools who took part in the championships were the Raymond Gardiner High School, Maranatha Academy, Marjorie Basden High School, British West Indies Collegiate, Louise GarlandThomas High School, HJ Robinson High School and Clement Howell High School.

Championship Game 1 & 2 Top Players
Marjorie Basden High School Dashawn Lightbourne – 10 points, 4 steals, 9 rebounds, 1 assist
Leshard Goldman – 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

Kyle Belizaire – 14 points, 11 rebounds,3 steals, 1 block, 1 assist

 

Maranatha High School Roldiudaon Lacossade – 30 points, 1 steal, 11 rebound, 2 blocks, 1 assist

Jude Thernitis – 11 points, 1 rebound, 1assist Trayvaugn Lewis – 9 points, 3 assist, 1 steal, 4 rebounds

 

Clement Howell High School (finalist) Jhon Cesar – 14 points, 2 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

Isais Sevoar – 18 points, 6 rebound, 5 steal, 1 block

Kevens Etienne – 17 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals

 

HJ Robinson High School (finalist) Davaurii Daniel – 22 points, 2 steals, 3 rebounds

Clefedkin St. Juste – 10 points, 7 rebound, 2 blocks

Jamari Caley –  9 points, 4 rebounds

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Meet Snjezana Andrews: First Local to lead the Somerset Luxury Boutique Resort

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#TurksandCaicos, November 18, 2021 – At six months in, Snjezana Andrews is the General Manager of Somerset Resort on Grace Bay, a 5-star luxury boutique Property in Providenciales.   At 37, she is one of the youngest to lead in the industry and she is the first local to ever manage the luxury resort 53- room property.

Snjezana is one of only three local women to hold such a title at high-end luxury properties on Grace Bay, within the largest industry segment in Turks & Caicos Islands.

Mrs. Andrews began her tertiary education in 2001 at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina and graduated magna cum laude in 2005 and later went on to pursue her Masters’ with American Intercontinental University online.

She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), holding a Master’s in Business Management and dual Bachelor’s Degrees; one in Finance and the other in Accounting.

She interned with Duke University, IBM and KPMG, during her college career.

Post-graduation, she went on to work for Ernst & Young in Raleigh, North Carolina and returned home to the Turks & Caicos Islands where she worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC.

The mega-tourism industry of the island weighed heavily on her directional view, as she thought it most profitable futuristically, by way of investment, to carve out e a slice of the industry all her own.

As an answer to the inner tugging, Snjezana at age 24, ventured out and started her first business in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, a local car rental and sales brand company, many now know as Caicos Wheels Ltd.

She later secured, international Economy rent-a-car franchise to expand her product offerings to the U.S and international markets. Tourism began to grow on her, and she decided again, to invest, only 2 years after her initial plunge into the industry, and begun Island Tours and Excursions Ltd., a full-fledged concierge and vacation booking services company.

Snjezana remained active in the financial services industry, though her business ventures were Tourism-based, and was appointed to the Turks & Caicos Islands’ Society of Professional Accountants’ Board in March 2018, where she sat as one of the Executives of the Council.

In June 2018, she was nominated as the Turks & Caicos Islands’ representative to sit on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC); the first woman and person from the country to hold this role; a role which she held for two  years.

Snjezana was Financial Controller for the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Tourist Board,  Accounting Manager with NHIP and also worked as a Senior Auditor with Grant Thornton LLC in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.

In 2017, Mrs. Andrews began The A Team Ltd. an Accounting and Marketing Firm aimed at assisting businesses in accounting, audit, marketing and business management needs. The A Team is also licensed by the Turks & Caicos Financial Services Commission since 2019 to engage in the business of company management, company formation, annual returns and custodial services.

Through her many career pursuits, community-based initiatives are still at the center of her core, as Mrs. Andrews believes in the aid of those who are less fortunate is every citizen’s responsibility.

Mrs. Andrews currently holds the title of Board Treasurer for United Way Worldwide in the Turks & Caicos, a philanthropic organization, identified by Forbes in 2016 and 2017, as a leading US organization in the world.

She is also a member of the inaugural group of Young Leaders under the Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association.

Snjezana is married and is a mother to four beautiful children.   Mrs. Andrews has always had an ambitious spirit, believing that anything is possible once she puts her faith in God.

 

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Turks and Caicos Islands Scores a Silver in CFU Under-14 Challenge Series

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#TurksandCaicos, September 9, 2021 – Caribbean Football Union (CFU) staged the 2021 Girls Under-14 and Boys Under-14 Challenge Series on August 22-29. In previous years, different countries hosted groups. This year’s editions were all in one place- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and played across four stadiums. The Under-14 Challenge Series Tournaments are usually held in alternating years, however, last year’s edition for the boys was postponed due to the pandemic and resulting restrictions, hence the staging of both competitions this year. Therefore, all boys who were eligible to play last year were allowed to play this year, to avoid disenfranchisement.

The Challenge Series serves as a development competition for young teams, and also provides an opportunity for budding referees to spread their wings. Selected from respective territories, the tournament gave these individuals some of the much-needed international experience required to advance. Turks and Caicos Islands referees, Ancie Bernadin and Wilkiens Martin, were both invited to participate as fourth officials.

The tournament was played in a round-robin Format, with each team playing one match against the other teams in the same group. Teams were grouped based on their skillset, divided into two tiers – Tier I and Tier II. Turks and Caicos Islands girls were drawn into Tier II along with Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts & Nevis and United States Virgin Islands. For the boys, Turks and Caicos Islands was drawn into Tier II along with Aruba, Bonaire, and US Virgin Islands.

Despite very competitive performances in all of their games, the Boys were not able to advance beyond the group stage.

However, Turks and Caicos Girls team was able to qualify from their group games to the finals against a very talented Aruba team. After a grueling match, Aruba won 3-0, a score which is not truly reflective of the tightness of the game. The Girls came second overall which was a historic result, as it marked the first time any team from TCI (male or female, junior or senior) competed in a final of a regional football tournament.

“I am beyond proud of our team and what they have accomplished. This experience is the true definition of ‘hard work pays off’. The girls are ecstatic and more focused than they have ever been. They are more motivated to play their best. And, they realize and acknowledge this historical moment for both the TCIFA and Turks and Caicos Islands. Our team has played a good defensive game that helped them to push forward in the competition, along with aggression and good shape. It feels amazing to have reached this far, and we are truly excited about our journey and future competitions,” said Girls U14 Head Coach, Olivia Graveley.

President of the TCIFA, Sonia Fulford reflected that “this tournament was an opportunity to provide international competition for our young boys and girls players. The performances of both teams were tremendous showing growth and development and speaks well for the future as we anticipate the matriculation of these players to the senior teams. I am especially delighted in the history making performance of our young female players who reached the finals and were runners-up in this international tournament. I would like to thank the parents of all our young players for entrusting us with their children and allowing us the opportunity to assist in their development both on and off the football field.”

BOYS RESULTS:

SUNDAY AUGUST 22

TURKS AND CAICOS 1 – BONAIRE 2

 

MONDAY AUGUST 23

ARUBA 2 – TURKS AND CAICOS 1

 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25

TURKS AND CAICOS 1 – US VIRGIN ISLANDS 2

 

FRIDAY AUGUST 27

BONAIRE 2 – TURKS AND CAICOS 0

 

GIRLS RESULTS:

SUNDAY AUGUST 22

CURACAO 0 – TURKS AND CAICOS 2

 

MONDAY AUGUST 23

TURKS AND CAICOS 2 – ST. KITTS & NEVIS 1

 

THURSDAY AUGUST 26

US VIRGIN ISLANDS 0 – TURKS AND CAICOS 0

 

FRIDAY AUGUST 27

ARUBA 2- TURKS AND CAICOS 0

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 29, TIER II FINAL

ARUBA 3 – TURKS AND CAICOS 0

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