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Inter-High and Inter-Primary Track and Field Championships set to end TCI School Sports Season 2023/24 with a bang

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, February 19, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos Islands School Sports (TCISS) Track and Field season is in full effect and post the completion of the Track and Field Development meets, the tension has intensified.

On February 10 and 17, the TCAAA alongside the TCI Sports Commission hosted Track and Field Development Meets, to allow athletes to compete and see where they fare up against their peers before the ultimate Nationals. The Distance and Jumps meet took place first with Sprints and Jumps following the following Saturday.

 

Athlete to Watch

CARIFTA Medalist Love Joseph did not compete in the Distance and Jumps meet, however, he has competed in a few regional meets this year. Joseph won the 800m and 1500m at the Diana Lynn Thompson Invitational on February 10 in Nassau, Bahamas. In the 1500m, he ran 4:22:17 which is a season’s best but not his personal best. In the 800m, he achieved a personal best time of 2:05:86. He now attends the Clement Howell High School, last year competing for the A. Louise Garland Thomas High School.

He also achieved a personal best time of 4:15:37 in the 1500m at the Youngsters Goldsmith Track and Field meet at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on February 3, 2024.
Inter-High School Track and Field Championships (Nationals) | February 29 – March 2
The three-day event will take place at the National Stadium on Venetian Road from Thursday to Saturday, slated to be a showstopping weekend. Junior athletes will not just be competing for a place on the podium, they will also be vying for a spot on the National Team to compete in the CARIFTA Games. This year’s CARIFTA is set to take place in Grenada from March 30 – April 1.
Following on from last year, the medal count determines the Champions of the competition, with gold holding the most weight. Last year, the A. Louise Garland Thomas High School came out on top with 18 Gold, 22 Silver and 13 Bronze medals. Clement Howell High School followed with 16 Gold 6 Silver and 10 Bronze medals with Marjorie Basden High School in third with 12 Gold 9 Silver and 8 Bronze medals.
The full event schedule will be released closer to the competition’s date.

How to Watch
Entry tickets will be sold at the booth, $10 for adults and $5 for children per day. The event will be livestreamed from the TCI Sports Commission and FLOW our streaming partner’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. It will also be broadcast via radio on RTC 89.1 FM.
Inter-Primary School Track and Field Championships | March 19 – 21
This year, primary school students will once again get their chance to show what they are made of. The Primary School Championships bring in a high number of schools participating with 18 schools partaking last year. Likewise, following on from last year, the medal count determines the Champions of the competition, with gold holding the most weight.
The two-time champions Ona Glinton Primary School clinched the win in 2022/23 with 19 medals total – 8 Gold 6 Silver and 5 Bronze. Second Place Ianthe Pratt Primary School took home 20 medals – 7 Gold, 7 Silver and 6 Bronze while Richmond Hill Primary School placed third with 12 medals – 7 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze.
The full event schedule will be released closer to the competition’s date.

Upcoming events in the Turks and Caicos Islands School Sports (TCISS) 2023/24 Sport Schedule

  1. TCISS Inter-High School Track and Field Championships – February 29 – March 2, 2024 (National Stadium, Providenciales)
  2. TCISS Inter-Primary School Track and Field Championships – March 19-21, 2024 (National Stadium, Providenciales)

The full TCISS event schedule, standings and further updates can be found on the TCI Sports Commission’s website https://www.gov.tc/sports/our-events/tci-school-sports.

For the latest news on the TCISS, fans can follow on Instagram (@tcisportscommission) and Facebook (Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission). To share your experience with TCISS on social, use the hashtags #TCISS and #morethanjustsports.

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$36 Million Dollar Upgrade for World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas

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Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer 

 

After years of thorough maintenance, The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas is finally getting a multi-million dollar makeover, readying the 10 year old facility ahead of the World Athletics Relays on May  5, 2024; it is being staged in Nassau for the fourth time. 

 

This $36 million refurbishment is being funded by the Chinese Government, as part of a vision to enhance the country’s sport infrastructure to benefit youths in athletics. The stadium was gifted to The Bahamas in 2012 by the Chinese.

 

The relay is the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and there will be 32 national teams, in each relay event, and 20 races on both days of competition, according to World Athletics. 

Day 1, will have 20 heats across the five olympic events (4 heats each for 4×100, 4×400, men, women and mixed) and will qualify 40 teams for the Summer Olympics.  The top two teams from each heat will directly qualify for the Games.

On day 2, 30 more national teams will be qualified through 15 repechage heats and five finals, across those five events.

 

The upgrades which include new trusses, rooftops, seats, the lawn, score boards, LED displays and more, are expected to be complete at least two weeks before the relays, being held under the theme: ‘Chase the  Sun’. 

 

In a special ceremony on Monday April 8, The Bahamas Prime Minister, Philip Davis said:

 

In December 2023, our shared vision took shape, as the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, inked an implementation agreement for the renovation of the stadium. This gesture of goodwill and friendship, from the Chinese government to undertake the China Aid Maintenance and Renovation project of our national stadium, stands as a testament to the strong bonds that unite our countries. This project, executed by China Urban Construction Research Institute Company Limited, and the China Machinery Industry Construction Group Company Limited, reflects our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and mutual development.”

 

Additionally, H.E Dai Qingli, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas who also attended that ceremony, spoke. 

 

“At the end of the project, the Bahamian people will get a fully renewed and modern world class stadium because everything is going to be either renewed or repaired,” she said.

Some 1600 athletes will be in The Bahamas for the World Athletics relays, with five events.  The Bahamas won the bid over Lausanne, Rome in 2022.

 

 Mario Bowleg,  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in reports, thanked China for their contribution to the redevelopment of the stadium. 

 

“We thank them for their commitment to ensuring that they bring this facility back up to A1 standard so that we can continue holding international events and using these facilities as a development of our young people.”

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Ona Glinton Primary School are Triple Inter-Primary School Track and Field Champions

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, March 22, 2024 – Coining the term ‘Call it Ona’ and pulling a ‘3-Peat’, the Ona Glinton Primary School (OGPS) are Inter-Primary School Track and Field Champions for three consecutive years! The OGPS mustered a total of 368 points, placing them 157 points ahead of second place Enid Capron Primary School.

Champion Boy and Girl Awards

 

Champion Girl 7U

Eniyah Cox 14 points Enid Capron Primary School

Guillaume Woodmaine 14 points Enid Capron Primary School

Champion Boy 7U

Scheider Baptiste 15 points Ona Glinton Primary School

Tadaaki Anderson 15 points Adelaide Oemler Primary School

L-R: Ona Glinton Primary School Team with Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes, PE Teacher Acasia Downer, Deputy Permanent Secretary Amin McCartney

 

Champion Girl 9U

Sarah Rose 20 points Oseta Jolly Primary School

Miana Vernus 20 points Oseta Jolly Primary School

Champion Boy 9U

Walmsley Noel 33 points Oseta Jolly Primary School

Champion Girl 11U

Aaliyah Williams 21 points Ona Glinton Primary School

Champion Boy 11U

Marvens Doriscar 40 points Community Christian Academy

Champion Girl 13U

Naesha Petit 26 points Ianthe Pratt Primary School

Champion Boy 13U

Sneijder Registre 29.33 points Ona Glinton Primary School

The Inter-Primary Track and Field Championships closed the Turks and Caicos Islan

L-R: Ona Glinton Primary School Champion Boy 13U Sneijder Registre, PE Teacher and Coach Acasia Downer and Champion Girl 11U Aaliyah Williams

ds School Sports Season 2023/24. 

The country now looks towards the upcoming knockout match between the Turks and Caicos Islands and Anguilla for the FIFA World Cup Concacaf Qualifiers on March 26, 2024 7:00pm. 

Following this, Team TCI competes in the CARIFTA Games Track and Field from 30 March to 1 April in Grenada and CARIFTA  Aquatics in the Bahamas from March 30 – April 2.

For the latest news on the TCISS and Team Turks and Caicos, follow us on Instagram (@tcisportscommission) and Facebook (Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission). To share your experience with TCISS on social, use the hashtags #TCISS #TeamTCI, and #morethanjustsports. 

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Louise Garland Thomas High School are Triple Inter-High School Track and Field Champions

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Three consecutive years in a row, the A. Louise Garland Thomas High School are Inter-High School Track and Field Champions! Despite facilitating only school years Form 1 – 3, the school has dominated the competition coming out on top with 24 gold medals.

 

As of season 2022/23, winning Nationals is determined by medal count, with gold medals holding the most weight. 

Champion Boy and Girl Awards

Under 13

Champion Boy – Stanley ISRAEL

Champion Girl – Mallaya WILSON

Under 15

Champion Boy – Ali ELIASU

Champion Girl – Tanaire GARDINER


Under 17

Champion Boy – Melique EVANS

Champion Girl – Krysann WILLIAMS


Under 19

Champion Boy – Markey ZEPHERINE

Champion Girl – Irener MOLINE


Overall Champion

Overall Champion Boy – Love JOSEPH

Overall Champion Girl – Irener MOLINE

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