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Sports Commission Sports Performance Department surpasses 1000 participant milestone

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(Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Thursday, June 8, 2023) The TCI Sports Commission (TCISC) is seeing great success as the Sports Performance Center surpasses 1000 participants in April.

The TCISC Sports Performance Centre is where athletes train their bodies to perform at optimal levels. They work on areas such as strength and conditioning, speed and agility, flexibility, injury prevention, return to play and more. The centre is run by Sports Performance Coach Angelo Garland and Sports Performance Apprentice Delano Williams.

After launching the centre in 2021, the concept of sports performance was new to the Turks and Caicos Islands and was proving difficult to attract participation from athletes. Coach Garland shares, “I am elated that we have reached such a prestigious milestone. It shows growth in the department and also the Commission to have trained over 1000 athletes. I believe it aligns with the mission and vision of the Commission going forward. It was a tough journey, but I am happy to share such a feat with other members of the department, Coach Williams and Mrs Joddy Harvey. I’m looking forward to the thousands to come.”

Since the conception of the centre, over 100 male and 35 female athletes have been trained in multiple sports disciplines. Among these are basketball, rugby, softball, Track & field and swimming. Multi-sport athlete and 3000m CARIFTA Bronze medallist Love Joseph is also part of the cohort who have benefited from this training.

Sharing objectives for the department Garland says, “As we progress throughout the year, our plan is not only to grow but we have a plan to educate.  We have plans on educating our athletes, coaches and even family members more on the theory of sports performance and how it works. We have a few camps coming up in the next few weeks, in addition to a clinic and the introduction of a full macrocycle of sports performance training is in the works as well.”

Olympic athlete Delano Williams having recently been introduced to the Sports Commission also has goals to invest in TCI athletes. He shares, “My plans for the Sports performance department is to develop the athletes to a point where they can reach their maximum potential. I’ll do this by developing programs to enhance their speed, agility, and power and to work on their conditioning. While doing this, I’ll ensure to touch on a few more areas such as flexibility, core and balance composition.”

The Sports Performance department is made up of coaches certified in Performance Enhancement, Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, and Kinesiology by top sports bodies including the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). The centre is also stocked with equipment such as ice bath pools, Normatec (recovery boots), biometric scales and gym equipment.

Garland says, “We would like to thank the athletes that have given us a chance thus far, along with the coaches that have trusted us and our programs to work with their athletes. We also would like to thank the public for being supportive and welcoming us with open arms. To the rest of the coaches and athletes out there, do not be afraid to try something new, we are here to help, feel free to ask any questions or concerns you may have.”
The Sports Commission will be touring the islands for the Sports Performance Summer Camps starting in July for boys and girls 13-18 years old who participate in any sport.

Sports Performance Camp Schedule

Grand Turk – 9:30am – 1:00pm – 10-12 July

South Caicos – 9:30am – 1:00pm – 13-15 July

Providenciales – 9:30am – 1:00pm – 24-26 July

North Caicos – 9:30am – 1:00pm – 27-29 July

Prospective campers can register for the free sports camps in two ways. 

  1. Register online here: https://forms.office.com/r/nLg0LKAvXN
  2. Register in person at our island-wide offices:
  • Sports Commission Office, Bottle Creek Office, North Caicos
  • Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex, Downtown Providenciales
  • Sports Commission Office, South Caicos
  • Parade Grounds, Grand Turk

 

Video of Coach Garland and Coach Delano breaking down Sports Performance

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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk

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#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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LAST AMERICAN TOURIST SENTENCED TO A FINE OF $1500.00 OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT IN DEFAULT, SHE’S ALSO SENTENCED TO 23 WEEKS IMPRISONMENT SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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