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History made with a ‘back’ splash; 12-year-old Rohan wins first CARIFTA Swim medal for TCI

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#Providenciales, April 21, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – A game changing moment and undeniable momentum for the sport of swimming which has been gaining traction and notoriety in the Turks and Caicos Islands with the historic performance of Rohan Shearer today; young Shearer won the country’s very first medal in the pool at the CARIFTA level.

The CARIFTA Swim Games are being held in Bridgetown, Barbados and Shearer earned a silver medal in the 50m backstroke and once news broke, so did the stream of congratulatory and celebratory reactions. 

It was just four short years ago that the Turks and Caicos made its return to the Swim CARIFTA Games in 2015, with one athlete representing the country.  In the years to follow, swimmers continued to chart personal bests and right on cue, Shearer has done the fantastic… the young man has thrust the sport and his team mates into a dazzling new spotlight. 

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government Department of Sports posted this at its Facebook page: “Rohan Shearer wins first TCI medal at CARIFTA Swim! The Turks and Caicos Islands are now in the history book of CARIFTA Swim. Shearer finished second in the 11-12 50M Backstroke with a time of 31.92. This time qualifies him for CCCAN which will be hosted in June this year! Congratulations Rohan Shearer and the TCI Swim Federation!”

Young Shearer is competing in the U 11-12 age category and was the youngest in the field at just 12 years old.  Rohan, we are told trains in the United Kingdom and is the son of Phillip and Christine Shearer.

Chloe Zimmerman of the TCI Swim Federation and co-founder of the Race for the Conch tonight explained that her joy is indescribable, that “she is walking on the clouds!”

CORRECTED FROM TCI NEWS DAILY:  Not in the U 15-17 age group, was in the U 11-12 age group.

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Sada Williams: Training alongside the best athletes in the world to become the pride of Barbados at Paris 2024

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After participating in both the Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, 400m runner from Barbados Sada Williams hopes that the help she has received through her Olympic Solidarity scholarship, and the ability to train in Jamaica, will take her to the top at Paris 2024.

Sada Williams will be cheered on by the whole of Barbados at the Olympic Games Paris 2024, but the athlete appears relaxed about shouldering the hopes of an entire nation. She has the chance to become the first woman from the eastern Caribbean island to finish on the podium at the Olympic Games, and only the second athlete, after Obadele Thompson claimed the 100m bronze medal at Sydney 2000.

“There’s no pressure, really,” says Williams. “I know Barbados will be proud of me regardless of the outcome, and I couldn’t be happier to represent them at the Games.”

Aside from earning a medal in Paris, Williams is also hoping to break the 48-second barrier and record a personal best. The 26-year-old’s upward trajectory certainly suggests she is capable of this, with her bronze medals at the 2022 and 2023 World Athletics Championships coming either side of a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Williams believes her recent performances have been helped by a move to Jamaica, where she trains in the same group as multiple Olympic medallist Shericka Jackson.

“I have training partners who are some of the best athletes in the world – training and competing with them is really great. It pushes me and us to be better athletes. In Barbados, I didn’t really have that type of competition or training group.”

Olympic Solidarity support

Williams’s move from Barbados to Jamaica was supported by an Olympic Solidarity scholarship, which provides financial assistance to athletes through monthly grants.

“The scholarship has provided me with the necessary funding to train and compete here in Jamaica. It’s also given me the opportunity to travel to various meets around the world, and to compete in and prepare for major competitions, such as the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.”

The scholarship has also shown Williams that coming from a small country with fewer resources for sport does not have to be a barrier to success.

“It shows me that there are people out there who believe in me and my potential,” she says. “They want to see me succeed at the highest level while representing my country. So, I’m truly grateful for that opportunity.”

Lessons from the Olympic Games

Paris 2024 won’t be Williams’s first appearance at the Olympic Games. Her time at Tokyo 2020 was “bittersweet”, after she failed to progress from the 400m semi-finals. But Williams also learnt a lot from her very first Olympic experience in 2014. Aged 16, she competed at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, reaching the 400m final.

When Williams was a teenager, there was no female athlete from Barbados whose success she could look to replicate. But now she is a source of inspiration for the next generation from her home country. She is hopeful Barbados can one day rise to the levels of neighbouring Jamaica and become an athletics powerhouse.

“I always hope that I’m inspiring young athletes from Barbados, whether I compete locally or internationally,” she says. “I always want the best for track and field in Barbados. I want other athletes in Barbados to believe that they can excel at the highest levels without needing to leave the country. It would be really nice to have the same facilities and resources as Jamaica or the United States in Barbados.”

Over 1,300 athletes supported through Olympic Solidarity

A total of 1,331 athletes from 159 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), covering 26 sports, received Olympic Solidarity scholarships for Paris 2024. Olympic Solidarity aims to ensure that talented athletes of all backgrounds have an equal chance of reaching and succeeding in the Olympic arena by providing crucial funding to help finance their Olympic dreams. With a particular focus on athletes and NOCs most in need, individual scholarship-holders receive financial support through monthly grants that contribute to their preparation and qualification for the Games, whether in their home country or at a high-level training centre abroad.

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Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club Celebrates Women’s Golf Day with an Empowering Event

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – 10th June 2024  – Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club, a proud part of HAB Group, is thrilled to announce the resounding success of our recent Women’s Golf Day event. This special day was dedicated to the empowerment of women through golf, fostering skills that last a lifetime and celebrating the community and camaraderie that the sport brings.

Event Highlights:

The day began with a delightful specialty mocktail/cocktail hour, courtesy of Vanessa from Wine Cellar. Participants then showcased their putting skills in the Putting Challenge, aiming to be the closest to the wine bottle. The highlight of the day was the Par 3 Scramble on the Front Nine, designed by Ashley, providing a welcoming environment for both novices and seasoned golfers. This inclusive format allowed women, some of whom had never picked up a golf club before, to feel at home and enjoy the game without pressure.

The day concluded with a sumptuous dinner prepared by Patrice and the staff of #19 Bar and Restaurant, where participants and winners were celebrated.

Full Results:

  1. Andrea Todd, Ririn Suantari Bell, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Jayne Peterson
  2. Christine Dickenson, Tazmara Gowans, Caulette Simmons, Clinteriah Gardiner
  3. Bonita Paisley, Jen Blain, Janine Taylor, Wendy Ayer
  4. Alaun Hodgkins, Joy Greenwood, Rachel Gregory, Denise Douglas
  5. Samantha Pirie, Abygale Harris, Sarah Hicks, Carol Brown
  6. Nathalie Roy, Ainara Varela-McGhie, Julie Boulet
  7. Juliana Lashley, Christina Pretorius, Nitya Tolani, Emmaline Hall
  8. Samantha Slattery, Imelda Foley, Melissa Hartling, Katherine Baryluk
  9. Janice Kerr, Marilyn Robinson, Sarah McAteer, Lori Gardet
  10. Lorraine Henville, Gabby Dunnage, Jess Carey, Kate Dunnage
  11. Lucy Bullard, Leslie Foss, Trem Quinlan, Loreen Haakonson
  12. Cindy Young, Tara Quinn, Althea Ewing, Lesley Cooke
  13. Madison Murray, Audrey McAnally, Lissa McAnally

Special Thanks and Acknowledgements:

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Wine Cellar for sponsoring the pre-round drinks and prizes. We are inspired by the passion and dedication of our PGA Golf Professional Ashley Gravett, who works tirelessly to advance inclusion in the game.

Empowerment and Engagement:

At Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club, we are committed to engaging and empowering women and girls daily. We aim to connect new and existing golfers with our exceptional golf facilities, lessons, league play, family options, and community events. Women’s Golf Day is a testament to the incredible power of sport to unite and inspire.

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TCI Sport delegation visits the Cayman Islands and Barbados with key sport leaders

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TCI Sports Commission delegation traveled to the Cayman Islands and Barbados to visit with key Sport leaders. The TCI delegation included the Sports Commission Director, Mr. Jarrett Forbes, Deputy Director, Mr. Alvin Parker, and Facility Manager for Providenciales, Mr. Darian Forbes. The aim of the travel was to visit major facilities, with priorities being pool facilities, and discuss sport development strategies.

The team had the pleasure of being hosted by the Deputy Chief Officer for Sport, Dr. Dalton Walter, and the Director of Sports, Mr. Kurt Hyde in the Cayman Islands; who facilitated the facility tours and shared valuable information on Sports Development. Meetings were held with Deputy Chief Officer Ms. Joan West and Technical Director for the Cayman Islands Aquatics Sport Association, Mr. Jacky Pellerin, on the Cayman Islands’ new 50-meter and 25 meter 10 lanes Mrytha pool facility, as well as with Ms. Shakeina Bush from the National Olympic Office on National Federation development and funding opportunities. The Sports Commission delegation was also grateful for the courtesy call with the Minister of Sport for the Cayman Islands, Hon. Isaac Rankine, and the Chief Officer Ms. Teresa Echenique.

During the Barbados leg of the exploratory travel, the Sports Commission team was hosted by the Director of the National Sports Council, Mr. Neil Murrell, and the Assistant Director of Sports, Mr. Ryan Toppin. The TCI team toured the National Sport Council facilities and visited the Barbados National Olympic Association. Significant to the TCI’s plan to develop an aquatic center, the TCI Sports Commission visited the Barbados Aquatic Sport Association and met with former National Olympic Academy Director, Mr. Dave Farmer, and the President and Second Vice President of the Barbados Swim Association, Mr. Robert Armstrong and Mr. Nicholas Mathis. Insights were shared regarding swimming pool design, development and maintenance as well as pool programming strategies to ensure the growth and sustainability of swimming in the islands.

The TCI delegation also visited other stadium facilities such as Track and Field, Football and Cricket, and other major facilities in Basketball and Boxing. The TCI Sport Commission officials had great discussions with both the Cayman Islands and Barbados sports officials surrounding the development of coaches, athlete development pathways, and strengthening relationships with National Sport Governing Bodies.

Director of Sports, Mr. Jarrett Forbes, said, “We were very grateful for the hospitality and support extended by our Caribbean colleagues. Their support affirmed the commitment and unity among the Caribbean community to develop sports in the region.”

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