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TCI: Power in the pool, history on podium – Rohan’s first words after getting silver at Carifta Swim Games



#Providenciales, April 22, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – “Fantastic”, “amazing” were the words Rohan Shearer used to describe his feelings after historically winning a silver medal on Saturday in the 50m backstroke for TeamTCI at the Carifta Swim Games in Barbados; he was being interviewed by Alvin Parker of the Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Sports.

Alvin seemed equally as elated with the TCI’s first Carifta Swim medalist who topped even Parker’s decent height, young Shearer eagerly flowed with the jubilation of the moment and gave comments just after his silver medal presentation, on the podium poolside at the Barbados Aquatic Center. 

Rohan, son of Phillip and Christine Shearer, proved that his speed in the pool is not fluke; on Sunday morning he repeated brilliance by qualifying for the finals of the 100 metre; 12-year-old Shearer was first in his heat.

Shearer was told by Mr. Parker that he is an inspiration.

Humbly and professionally, the young swimmer who trains in the United Kingdom, turned the spotlight to his team.

“I say they are all fantastic, all amazing athletes…” Rohan also shared the wearing of the medal with Parker, who remarked on the young man’s prowess on the soccer pitch and now gushed about his breakout performance for TCI swimming.

The roughly 90-sec interview was more of an expression of total gratitude, sincere congratulations and yes, lots and lots of excitement at Rohan’s feat than anything else; the guys were obviously having a great time in the cell phone video recording which is posted to the Sports Department Facebook page.

With a few chest thumps by Parker to confirm Rohan’s power in the pool, the interview was a wrap, at least for now.





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



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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#TurksandCaicos, June 4th, 2024 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association convened its annual Congress on Monday, June 3rd, 2024, to review the past year’s events and address crucial matters pertaining to the future of football within the islands. Discussions during the congress focused on developmental strategies, infrastructural enhancements, and fostering community involvement. The prevailing sentiment was one of optimism and enthusiasm, with many expressing confidence in a promising future for football in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

TCIFA President, Sonia Fulford, extended gratitude to the dedicated members for their active participation in the association’s endeavours. She emphasised the importance of collective effort in achieving the organisation’s goals and highlighted several key initiatives that had seen significant progress thanks to their unwavering commitment. President Fulford also took the opportunity to acknowledge the volunteers whose hard work often goes unnoticed but is essential to the success of the programs.

“Our achievements are a testament to the power of teamwork and dedication,” she said, her voice filled with warmth and appreciation. “Together, we have laid a strong foundation for the future of football in our community.”

An important outcome of the meeting was the approval of new TCIFA National Football Agent Regulations, designed to govern the activities of football agents within the region under jurisdiction of the TCIFA. These regulations aim to ensure transparency, fairness, and integrity in all dealings related to player transfers and contract negotiations. By setting clear guidelines and standards, the TCIFA hopes to protect the interests of both players and clubs, fostering a more professional and ethical environment in the sport. The meeting also highlighted the importance of continued collaboration between various stakeholders, including clubs, players, and agents, to ensure the successful implementation of these regulations.The introduction of these new regulations and initiatives marks a significant step forward, promising a more structured and supportive ecosystem for the sport to thrive.

In addition to the regulatory updates, the TCIFA announced several initiatives aimed at promoting youth development and grassroots football. These initiatives include increased fund raising efforts, enhanced coaching programs, and the organisation of local tournaments.

The congress also saw Mr. Michael McDonald being elected to the position of 1st Vice-President, unopposed, to complete the remaining 3 years on the 4-year term of the former occupant of that office, while Lisa Garland was re-elected unopposed as 2nd Vice President. Their appointments were met with widespread approval, reflecting the trust and confidence the members had in their leadership abilities. Both McDonald and Garland brought a wealth of experience and a shared vision for the organization’s future.













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‘Ripple Effect’: Turks and Caicos Sports Commission set to release short film following the life of a female sprinter



May 21, 2024


The Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission (TCISC) is set to release a short film about a female sprinter titled Ripple Effect. This film follows the life of Anita Been-Brown who is arduously preparing to compete in the CARIFTA Games while her life at home, paves a dangerous road to destruction. Ripple Effect is not just a story of track and field. It humanizes the experience of athletes while beaming a spotlight on the dangers gun violence dispels in Caribbean communities.

This film was dependably created by students 14-21 years old in the TCI, who are enrolled in the TCISC’s early careers sports media programme Project I.D.E.A. Media Club. So far the trailer has amassed over 38,000 views on Facebook and Instagram among our islands and is looking to shake things up on the big screen. This short film will be premiered on Saturday, June 15th, at the Inspiring Change: Transforming Lives Through Sports event. The proceeds of this event will be in aid of the Athlete Development Fund and the Project I.D.E.A. Media Club. In addition, a mini-documentary on the Police Action League will premiere before the film screening. The event will consist of a cocktail reception, dinner, and entertainment.

The sole purpose of this event is to raise funds for these two initiatives, and by purchasing a ticket each contribution helps to push these initiatives forward, making each person a donor. Each table has seating of up to 10 people of your choice for $2000 and individual tickets are also available at $225. To reserve a table, purchase a ticket, or receive further information, please email Calvina Andrews at

Watch the trailer for the short film here: 



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