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TCI Sports Commission Athlete Development Fund is a Bold Move; Application Process Open 



Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, September 2, 2023 – In an ambitious move to reshape the sports landscape of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the TCI Sports Commission recently launched the Athlete Development Fund (ADF). This initiative underscores a profound commitment to nurturing local athletic talent, with goals that reach beyond the immediate horizon.

The ADF seeks to broaden participation in sports across the islands. Emphasis is placed on facilitating quality sports activities, especially targeting residents from underrepresented groups.

The overarching vision is to have island athletes receive systematic training and support, enabling them to make their mark at premier international competitions. Parallel to this, the fund aims to invest in cultivating sports leadership within the community, ensuring that the islands’ unique values, ethics, and interests resonate in every match.

The fund offers two main grant categories.

The first, “Long-Term Athlete Development,” will channel resources towards organizing sports training camps. This facilitates leagues and tournaments, providing education for coaches and officials, and supporting the rental or purchase of sports equipment and facilities. This grant primarily targets entities registered with the TCIG, especially those actively contributing to sports development.

The second grant category, “Podium Excellence,” pivots towards high-performance sports. Resources under this banner will be directed towards sports performance center services, comprehensive training initiatives, and aiding participation in significant competitions. The spotlight here is on athletes who’ve demonstrated commendable promise, especially those endorsed by the National Sports Governing Body.

If interested in the ADF initiative, sporting organizations should provide an application form, project plan, and budget.

Athletes under 18 must have a guardian apply on their behalf, including an application form, cost details, a cover letter, and a recommendation from their National Sport Governing Body.

Applications are now being accepted at the Athlete Development Fund’s office, situated within the Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex in Downtown Providenciales. Alternatively, electronic submissions are welcomed at

Driving the mission forward, the Athlete Development Fund Committee will hold the reins on deciding funding allocations. Their expertise and vision are expected to craft investment strategies that amplify the sports culture and aspirations of the Turks and Caicos Islands.


Stolen Vessel Recovered





July 20th, 2024.


#TurksandCaicos, July 20, 2024 – Shortly after 10 am yesterday (July 19th), the Police Control Room received a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district.

The description of the vessel given to officers was a black, 26-foot Hurricane boat with two Yamaha engines. Officers were told that the owner had secured the vessel on Thursday evening and had discovered it missing the following day.

Inquiries were conducted, and based on information received, Marine Branch Officers and Response and Operation Unit Officers searched a mangrove just off Five Cays today (July 20th) and recovered the vessel.

Two suspects were seen, one of whom was a 23-year-old from the Bight, Providenciales, who was caught and arrested for suspicion of stealing the vessel. The other suspect managed to escape.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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Firearm and Drug Charges



Media Release


July 15th, 2024.


SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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