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Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes Statement on TCI Sports Commission Facility Safety Precautions

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, February 9, 2023 – It is a travesty, the brazen act of violence that occurred in the vicinity of the Grand Turk Parade Grounds, during the HJ Robinson High School’s Sports Day yesterday, February 8th. Such an act resulted in the loss of life and a traumatic experience for those present and loved ones connected to both the victim and attendees. This is an abhorrent and vicious attack on our social fabric. The Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission (TCISC) offers its condolences to the family of the deceased and is sensitive to the trauma experienced by the students, teachers, and other community members.

While the School Sports Day occurred at a facility managed by the TCISC, the event was hosted by the HJ Robinson High School. We can confirm, however, that a reasonable security strategy was implemented by the school’s administration, based on the nature and timing of the event. Crowd control measures were in place, school security was on site and police officers were conducting periodic stops throughout the day. The TCISC gives credit to the school’s administration for their rapid response to the incident.

The Commission has an aggressive security risk strategy to safeguard athletes, officials, and spectators at ‘major’ sports events. This security strategy includes a strong continuous presence of the Royal TCI Police Force (RTCIPF), both on the inside of the venue and patrolling the surrounding area; professional security services; screening of all persons entering the premises; crowd control strategies; strictly enforced venue rules; and lock down or evacuation plans.

We must however be judicious as to what is the risk assessment at a smaller sports event such as a School Sports Day, and we must determine what reasonable level of security is required to safeguard the students and visiting spectators. We are prepared to meet with the various school administrators and the RTCIPF to conduct a risk assessment of school or community sports events.

We cannot overstate the shock experienced by the school, community, attendees, and event hosts that such a violent act could take place not just in the surrounding area of the school but also in the middle of the day, while a school event is taking place.

The TCISC is committed to working with all parties to safeguard our stakeholders and we encourage everyone to assist in the investigation of this crime.

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Getting Ready for the “Race for the Conch”

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – Final preparations are underway for 14th annual Turks & Caicos “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim set for Saturday morning June 29, 2024. TCI star
swimmer, Tajhari Williams, will be back to defend his back-to-back first place
finishes in the 2.4 and 1 mile events from last year. He will be contending with
several up-and-coming TCI swimmers also racing for a conch trophy to take
home along with many talented swimmers from abroad.

The beach in front of Rickie’s Flamingo Cafe will once again be the venue for the
start and the finish. Swimmers will have a choice of three main distances: 2.4
mile, 1 mile, and 1/2 mile in the beautiful turquoise waters of Grace Bay. A 100
meter Children’s Swim for youngsters 10 and under will also be offered.

Race founders/directors, Ben Stubenberg and Chloe Zimmermann, said that
they anticipate at least 100 swimmers from overseas, mainly the US and
Canada, as well as around 40 local swimmers. “Last year’s event really showed
once more that TCI swimmers can compete and win against top American,
Canadian and UK swimmers who fly in for the race,” said Stubenberg.
Zimmermann added, “It’s truly inspiring to see how far TCI has progressed in
open water swimming right here in their home waters.”

The “Race for the Conch,” rated as one of the top 100 open water races in the
world by World Open Water Swimming Association, has become the biggest
international sports event in the Turks & Caicos. In keeping with the tradition of
buying local, race organizers have collaborated with the following local artists:
Stanford Handfield to carve conch medals for each participant; Lucie Stubbs to
make the plaques that also use conch shells carved by Handfield; Alizee
Zimmermann to design the logo and design for the race T shirts. In addition,
locally created “Proud of My Island” will be the official goodie bags for racers.

The organizers takes seriously the “Eco-SeaSwim” part of the even name by,
among other things, banning sunscreens that are not reef safe. At the venue, all
swimmers will have free access to the official race sunscreen, Caribbean Sol,
which is purely mineral based.

Race for the Conch is a registered TCI nonprofit organization. Proceeds go to
Provo Children’s Home, Reef Fund, TCI Red Cross, and Project Inclusion Turks
& Caicos.

The organizers noted that this event could not take place without dedicated
volunteers along with generous sponsors, and providers. They include: Grace
Bay Club, Ocean Club East, Hartling Group, Experience Turks & Caicos, Whole
Health, Caribbean Bottling Company, Atlantic Aviation, Projetech, Finishing
Touch, SurfSide Ocean Academy, Jafooe Computer Services, Silver Palm
Charters, DJ Dayoh, Got-U-Covered, TCI Red Cross, Big Blue Collective,
Paradise Photography, Luxury Experiences Turks & Caicos, Business Solutions,
LMNT Electrolytes, Natural Trade Distribution, Caicu Naniki Vacation
Adventures, and Marco Travel.

More information about the race, including start times and course description,
can be found on the race website www.ecoseaswim.com.
Note that organizers offer special discounts for TCI residents. They should
register through their swim clubs or at the check-in desk on race day 1.5 hours
before the event start time.

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Police Action League registration launched for Summer 2024 

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Thursday, 25 June 2024: The Police Action League (PAL), a Basketball and Softball championship launches registration for boys and girls 10-16 years old. This league is a partnership between the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, TCI Sports Commission, TCI Basketball Federation and the TCI Softball Association.

The Police Action League is more than just a tournament – it is a mentorship programme which elevates athletes. PAL, allows any boy or girl from all islands to play, building friendships, improving teamwork, earning communication skills and developing their prowess in their respective sports. Draft day for Basketball and Softball is  6 July 2024, at the Downtown Ballpark and Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex.

This year, the Boys’ Basketball age categories are 10-13-year-olds and 14-16-year-olds, with games played on Saturdays. This is a change from the three age groups 13U, 15U and 17U last year. The league will last 9 weeks.

For Girls Softball, there is one age category: girls 10-16 years old. Last year, the Avengers came out on top beating out the defending champions Badgers 22-20. This year the league will last 8 weeks.

PAL games are always energetic, and an opportunity for everyone to play while being mentored by their coaches.

How to Register?

Prospective players can register online at: https://tinyurl.com/485n5a9d

Registration process:

  1. Submit Waiver of Liability Form
  2. Submit a copy of the child’s ID/ passport
  3. One-off payment of $20 per child

Spaces will be limited and early registration is advised.

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Sada Williams: Training alongside the best athletes in the world to become the pride of Barbados at Paris 2024

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After participating in both the Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, 400m runner from Barbados Sada Williams hopes that the help she has received through her Olympic Solidarity scholarship, and the ability to train in Jamaica, will take her to the top at Paris 2024.

Sada Williams will be cheered on by the whole of Barbados at the Olympic Games Paris 2024, but the athlete appears relaxed about shouldering the hopes of an entire nation. She has the chance to become the first woman from the eastern Caribbean island to finish on the podium at the Olympic Games, and only the second athlete, after Obadele Thompson claimed the 100m bronze medal at Sydney 2000.

“There’s no pressure, really,” says Williams. “I know Barbados will be proud of me regardless of the outcome, and I couldn’t be happier to represent them at the Games.”

Aside from earning a medal in Paris, Williams is also hoping to break the 48-second barrier and record a personal best. The 26-year-old’s upward trajectory certainly suggests she is capable of this, with her bronze medals at the 2022 and 2023 World Athletics Championships coming either side of a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Williams believes her recent performances have been helped by a move to Jamaica, where she trains in the same group as multiple Olympic medallist Shericka Jackson.

“I have training partners who are some of the best athletes in the world – training and competing with them is really great. It pushes me and us to be better athletes. In Barbados, I didn’t really have that type of competition or training group.”

Olympic Solidarity support

Williams’s move from Barbados to Jamaica was supported by an Olympic Solidarity scholarship, which provides financial assistance to athletes through monthly grants.

“The scholarship has provided me with the necessary funding to train and compete here in Jamaica. It’s also given me the opportunity to travel to various meets around the world, and to compete in and prepare for major competitions, such as the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.”

The scholarship has also shown Williams that coming from a small country with fewer resources for sport does not have to be a barrier to success.

“It shows me that there are people out there who believe in me and my potential,” she says. “They want to see me succeed at the highest level while representing my country. So, I’m truly grateful for that opportunity.”

Lessons from the Olympic Games

Paris 2024 won’t be Williams’s first appearance at the Olympic Games. Her time at Tokyo 2020 was “bittersweet”, after she failed to progress from the 400m semi-finals. But Williams also learnt a lot from her very first Olympic experience in 2014. Aged 16, she competed at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, reaching the 400m final.

When Williams was a teenager, there was no female athlete from Barbados whose success she could look to replicate. But now she is a source of inspiration for the next generation from her home country. She is hopeful Barbados can one day rise to the levels of neighbouring Jamaica and become an athletics powerhouse.

“I always hope that I’m inspiring young athletes from Barbados, whether I compete locally or internationally,” she says. “I always want the best for track and field in Barbados. I want other athletes in Barbados to believe that they can excel at the highest levels without needing to leave the country. It would be really nice to have the same facilities and resources as Jamaica or the United States in Barbados.”

Over 1,300 athletes supported through Olympic Solidarity

A total of 1,331 athletes from 159 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), covering 26 sports, received Olympic Solidarity scholarships for Paris 2024. Olympic Solidarity aims to ensure that talented athletes of all backgrounds have an equal chance of reaching and succeeding in the Olympic arena by providing crucial funding to help finance their Olympic dreams. With a particular focus on athletes and NOCs most in need, individual scholarship-holders receive financial support through monthly grants that contribute to their preparation and qualification for the Games, whether in their home country or at a high-level training centre abroad.

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