#TurksandCaicos, May 18, 2021 – Despite the cancellation of CARIFTA 2021 in Bermuda, TCI athletes can celebrate their achievements at the 2021 CARIFTA Trials held on May 7-8 at the TCI National Stadium. The meet which was held to allow athletes to compete for a chance to represent the TCI at CARIFTA, saw four national records broken in the field events.
One record broken spanned two age categories, with Under 17 Female athlete, Tanesia Gardiner breaking the National Record for High Jump clearing 1.68m. The jump broke both the Under 17 Female record of 1.50m previously held by Israel Ramsey, as well as the Under 20 Female High Jump record of 1.65m previously held by Sanadia Forbes.
Continuing the record breaking for field events, Tayjoe Oppong shattered his own national record of 13.20m for the Under 20 Male Shot Put event with a throw of 16.02m. Following closely behind Antwon Walkin bested the Under 17 Male Shot Put record of 12.94m previously held by Darvion Rigby, with a throw of 14.01m.
Speaking of the athlete’s accomplishments, President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Amateur Athletics Association, Ms. Edith Skippings said “The TCAAA is extremely proud of Tayjoe, Tanesia and Antwon. We salute them for not only performing well at the trials but also beating their own personal bests and ultimately breaking national records.”
Director of the Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission, Mr. Jarrett Forbes said he was impressed by the athletes’ performances. “It was quite exciting watching our athletes perform at the CARIFTA Trials. Their display of tenacity reflected their passion for excellence and desire for quality country representation. We are disappointed that CARIFTA Games 2021 was cancelled but we have no regrets in hosting the CARIFTA trials. What we witnessed from our athletes was nothing short of spectacular.”
Minister of Education, Hon. Rachel congratulated the athletes on their accomplishment. “As Minister with responsibilities for Sports, congratulations to all athletes who participated in the CARIFTA Trials. Your dedication, enthusiasm and persistence played a pivotal role in your success. We must highlight Tayjoe Oppong, Tanesia Gardiner and Antwon Walkin who broke the Turks and Caicos record in their particular event. This sums up the level of coaching received , the inner desire to succeed and the self-discipline of each athlete. There is always room for improvement and this is achieved with more training. Stay focus and have the courage to follow your dreams.”
Both Under 17 record breakers, Tanesia Gardiner and Antwon Walkin are members of the Quality Athletics Track Club in Providenciales lead by coach Randy Ford. Tayjoe Oppong is a student at Kingston College in Kingston, Jamaica.
CARIFTA 2021 was scheduled for August 13-15 in Bermuda but was cancelled due to a two-week quarantine requirement for arriving guest. For more results from the TCI’s CARIFTA Trials and for updates on the 49th CARIFTA Games, visit the Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission’s Facebook or Instagram page.
Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.
The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.
The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year. In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.
In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.
Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”
Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.
A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.
Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1
By Dana Malcolm
#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”
Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.
Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour. Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands. In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”
Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.
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