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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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Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE:  Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.

The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.

The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.

#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews

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How to protect against HIV 

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Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.

In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents.  The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.

Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.

The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.

With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including

  • Using condoms during sex
  • Limiting sexual partners
  • Being tested regularly
  • avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
  • Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids

Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.

An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence.  In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.

Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust

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February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air.  This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”.  Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.

In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
  • Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
  • Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
  • At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
  • For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms

For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.

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