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TCI: National Sports Report from Director Forbes points to greater synergy, significant projects and training support



#Providenciales, May 21, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – TCI National Sports Meeting 2019:

First quarter National Sport Governing Body Meeting was held on May 16th at 6pm at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex in Providenciales.  

Eleven of Seventeen Registered National Sport Governing Bodies along with member clubs were in attendance. 

Among those present were: 

Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association; Turks and Caicos Islands Basketball Federation; Turks and Caicos National Softball Federation; Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association; Turks and Caicos Cycling Federation; Turks and Caicos Islands Fitness and Body Building Federation; Turks and Caicos Islands Rugby Football Union; Turks and Caicos Islands Swim Federation; Turks and Caicos Islands Volleyball Federation; Turks and Caicos Islands Cricket Association; Turks and Caicos Commonwealth Games Association and Newly formed, Provo Netball Club. 

Not present were:

The Turks and Caicos National Darts Association; Turks and Caicos Islands Tennis Federation; Turks and Caicos Islands Golf Association; Turks & Caicos Boxing Federation; Turks & Caicos Islands Sailing Association; Turks and Caicos Islands Weightlifting Federation.

According to Sport Director, Jarrett Forbes, “We are excited that this financial year will be one of significant growth in sports in the TCI. The Department is looking forward to working with the various National Sport Governing Bodies to build on what has been done and create a sports system that encourages participation, preparation, competition and excellence.”

Department Officials presented to the various sporting bodies the Government’s Sport Objectives, Strategies and Priorities for the 2019-20 Financial Year. Among the topics discussed were:

The role of Government:

• Access to Government Facilities  

• Inter Scholastic Competition 

• Coaches and Official Development Funding 

• Sport Programme Funding

• Elite Athlete Training and Competition Funding

• Athletic Scholarship Funding 

• Funding Country Representation at International Games 

The role of National Sport Governing Bodies: 

• Coaching and Officiating Development

• Talent Identification and Athlete Development (Grassroots / Youth / Adult)

• Elite Athlete Programme

• National Team Selection 

• Local Organized Competition

• International Competition

The Relationship between Government and National Sport Governing Bodies:

• Good Standing with TCIG 

• Strategic Planning

• Grant Funding 

• Promotion of Sports 

• Technical Support

There were vigorous discussions as Sport personnel voiced challenges and solutions and ultimately suggested ideas on how to advance sports in the TCI.  

Department of Sport Officials highlighted that priority spending for the 2019-20 financial year will be: 

• Coaching and Officiating Development 

• Grassroots and Youth Development Programmes 

• Inter Scholastic Competition 

• Facility Refurbishment and Access

• Elite Athlete Training and Competition Support

There are numerous projects that were approved in the 2018-19 budget that will be realized over the next 3 – 6 months. Projects such as the following:

• Sports Equipment for all Public Primary and Secondary Schools

• New Backboards and Rims for South Caicos Community Basketball Court

• The Development of a High-Performance Training Centre with recovery room at the Down Town Ball Park

• Installation of new sport equipment at various sports facilities across the TCI

• Upgrades to the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex

• Free Level One Coaching Training Courses; available to all islands 

• Refurbishment of the Grand Turk Parade Grounds

In the 2019 -20 Financial year, funding has been approved for the following:

• Refurbishment of outdoor basketball courts across the TCI: Five Cays Basketball Court in Providenciales; Raymond Gardiner Basketball Court in North Caicos and West Road Basketball Court in Grand Turk

• Installation of dusk to dawn lights at numerous outdoor basketball courts across the TCI

• Continuation of works to Leeward Palms Green Park

• Development of Green Park in Chalk Sound 

• Repairs to the National Stadium

• Repairs to the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex

• Free Level One Officials Training Course for Four Sport Disciplines

Provided by the Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Sports



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Wal Registre’s Impressive Rise at BTC



PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: When Wal Registre started his career at Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC) on October 25, 1997 as a bartender, little did he know that 25 years after, he would have risen to the post of payroll administrator within the same organisation.

The Raymond Gardiner High School graduate was always good at accounting and mathematics and had the dream of excelling in the hospitality industry in an area that would best fit his passion and academic strength.

Having been promoted to bar supervisor in 1999, Wal’s vision for growth was still active as he recognised that being a team member at Beaches Turks and Caicos would allow him to excel beyond his comfort zone. Following the completion of a number of courses with the Sandals Corporate University (SCU), he transitioned to the Cost Control unit in the Accounting Department as the cost control clerk.

Wal pointed out that his ability to grow within the company was largely due to his commitment to excellence. The SCU courses that were offered gave him the added training needed to build on what he was able to learn on the job and from his mentors.

“At BTC, training is very important to each employee. There are many opportunities for professional development and with the guidance from the Learning and Development team, and the leaders within the company, team members can truly grow,” Registre added.

One of Wal’s colleagues, Janet King, noted, “Wal’s commitment serves as an example to every team member here. His ability to grow from an entry level position to where he is now shows that everyone can succeed once they put their minds to it.”

While expressing his commitment to his profession, Wal’s dedication and discipline are traits that he values and chooses to pass on to those he leads. In sharing his advice to younger professionals seeking to enter the industry, he noted, “this organisation believes in quality work life balance that will allow each team member valuable time with family. This period helps me to maintain a bond with my family and explore the world. Training within this company is available for everyone and the ability to grow professionally is dependent on each person having the right attitude to grow.”


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Header:Wal Registre, Payroll Administrator at Beaches Turks and Caicos makes final checks as he goes through documents at his desk at the resort

Insert: Anna Francis, Accountant in the Finance department at Beaches Turks and Caicos and Wal Registre, Payroll Administrator at the resort pause from discussing work related items to smile for the camera

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Special Needs Unit Students at Thelma Lightbourne Primary School recognised by BTC



PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands –  Parents and students from the Special Education Unit at the Thelma Lightbourne Primary School were recently recognized by the Beaches Turks and Caicos team during a special session at the institution as part of autism awareness activities.

Children’s Activities Manager Fedeline Julien shared, “educating students, parents, teachers and other adults about the best practices of dealing with children with autism is needed especially in our homes and schools. Children who are autistic do things differently and should be treated with patience and care.”

Robin Cox Foster, principal of the school said, “the partnership between Beaches Turks and Caicos and our school is always welcome. As the only resort on island that is an autism certified centre, they were readily available to share with our students and their parents. The involvement of the Sesame Street character, the presentations from the Kids Camp team to the parents allowed those present to appreciate their roles in being change agents for autism.”

Caring for a child with special needs was highlighted as an opportunity to create a closer bond between child and parent/caregivers.

Walter Moore, who has a son on the spectrum shared, “being able to deal with the many challenges of a special needs child will assist parents in being more patient and creative in how they care for a child. My son and I are best friends. He is comfortable talking with me about anything and I have to learn how to respect his likes and dislikes and create an environment that makes him happy.”

Beaches Turks and Caicos’ Kids Camp is an Advanced Certified Autism Centre which ensures that team members have the required knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to cater to all children. The resort offers age-specific programmes for infants, toddlers, pre-teens and teens.


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Header: Tanya Swann (left), Director of Sales, Groups and Conventions at Beaches Turks and Caicos introduces the team of volunteers who were present while Robin Cox-Foster, school principal looks on

1st Insert: Walter Moore (left) Beaches Turks and Caicos team member shares a moment with his son (right) and Sesame Street character Sesame Street

2nd Insert: Some members of the Beaches Turks and Caicos Sandals Foundation team share a moment at the Thelma Lightbourne Primary School during a presentation to the institution

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#TurksandCaicos, June 2, 2023 – The Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development in collaboration with the Water Undertaking, Ministry of Home Affairs would like to advise the Public of the closure on the intersection of Airport Road and Osbourne Road area as part of the on-going Pipe Laying project on Grand Turk. The works are expected to last not exceeding 24 hours. The road will be closed for traffic during the period of June 03, 2023 from 7:00 Am to 7:00 PM.

Alternative re-route:

  • Vehicles heading North bound, turn right to Osbourne and turn Left to Barrack Hill Road.
  • Vehicles heading South bound, turn right to Ponce de Leon Street and turn left to Palm Grove Drive






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