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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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Concacaf x Generation Amazing, Turks and Caicos Islands Launch

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#TurksandCaicos, May 2, 2024 – Thursday, April 25, 2024, marked a momentous occasion for The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association with the launch of the Concacaf x Generation Amazing Program. This program, supported by the Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Education, is currently benefiting 21 public and private primary schools across the Turks and Caicos Islands, encompassing both sectors of education. The primary objective of the Generation Amazing program is to educate and certify teachers to serve as volunteer coaches in sports development and safeguarding practices. Through this training, coaches will deliver football programs to children, aiming to catalyze positive social change within our communities that will continue to thrive for years to come..

The program not only emphasizes teaching children the basics of football but also focuses on instilling core values like teamwork, respect, and leadership. The initiative offers children the chance to enhance their physical well-being while nurturing essential life skills that can contribute to success beyond the field.

TCIFA President, Sonia Fulford, conveyed her appreciation to Concacaf, Generation Amazing, and the Ministry of Sports of the Turks and Caicos Islands for their involvement and support. She highlighted the significance of the project, pointing up a positive impact on the Education Ministry. Generation Amazing’s initiative is also seen as a valuable opportunity to enhance both the educational and athletic aspects within the community. “We’ll have more well-rounded teachers, and well-rounded students, not only from an educational standpoint, but a sporting standpoint. For us it’s a big win!” The President expressed excitement for the project, foreseeing an increase in skilled players and coaches, ultimately benefiting the organization significantly.

Jarret Forbes, Director of Sports, commented, “We are excited about the launch of the Generation Amazing programme here in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We commend the TCIFA for taking a holistic approach to student empowerment through sports. And we are grateful for the interest and support from CONCACAF and the Department of Education in developing our young athletes.”

Alvin Parker, Deputy Director of Sports, also expressed his enthusiasm regarding the upcoming chance for educators to apply their acquired knowledge. Viewing the term ‘Generation Amazing’ as a rebranding concept for Generation X, it is with high anticipation that the program will inspire and instill optimism within the younger demographic.

A devoted team collaborated diligently to ensure the successful initiation of the program. Spearheading the launch for Concacaf were Jennifer Roche, the Concacaf CSR Coordinator; Andre Virtue, Concacaf Coach Educator; Cristian Cubillas; and Garry Stannecc, the Sport For Development Consultant for Concacaf. The local facilitators comprised Dane Ritchie, TCIFA Technical Director; Olivia Graveley, Director of the Grand Turk Football Program; Yunelsis Rodriguez Baez, Director of Women’s Football; and Damien Grant, TCIFA Coach Educator and South Caicos Football Development Officer. The launch encompassed a comprehensive two-day training session for teachers, which will be followed by a mandatory six-week program involving a minimum of 25 students from each school. The program’s execution will be supervised by our Local Facilitators in with the support of Generation Amazing staff. Furthermore, the program will offer support to schools by furnishing footballs and essential equipment.

Jennifer Roche elaborated on Concacaf’s emphasis on Social Impact strategies, highlighting the significance of extending focus beyond on-field activities. “Last year, our CSR brand, ’The Bigger Game’ launched and the ‘Generation Amazing’ Program is one of the programs under the pillars of access to play and coaches education. This program is focused heavily on capacity building and giving tools to teachers, community volunteers, and other community leaders to empower and change lives through our beautiful game.”

Andre Virtue commented, “Obviously, we see the sport and the opportunity it has to grow. But, at the core of it is the coaches and how the coaches engage with our youth. We see the social issues that our youth already have to deal with on a day to day basis, and the dependence on either the parent or some adult to guide them and to mentor them is assumed. And, there is an intentional approach to how we’re communicating life values as it is very important.” Distinguishing between athletic prowess and life skills, Andre indicated that Coach Educating initiative aims to bridge this gap by aligning sports experiences with essential life lessons. The football field, as a dynamic environment, serves as a valuable classroom where the intricacies of life are intertwined with the game’s dynamics. “There are so many things that happen on the football field that are connected to life. The game is a great teacher, but there is an intentional and deliberate attempt to teach those values. It’s just the winning, the losing, the ups and the downs that come out of the game.”

Dane Ritchie further explained that the program also adopts a personalized approach, focusing on individual needs rather than viewing the children as a collective group, thereby maximizing the positive impact on each child. The aspects of conflict resolution, and nurturing respect are deemed integral to the game and are leveraged to impart essential life skills crucial for their development.

CherylAnn Jones, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Social Services, communicated the Ministry’s unwavering support for the Concacaf x Generation Amazing program and its potential to bring about significant transformation. The Ministry’s ethos, centered on Human Capital Development, resonates strongly with initiatives like Generation Amazing, which focus on nurturing leadership qualities, teamwork, and community spirit among today’s youth for the benefit of future generations. “A key tenant of the Generation Amazing program is its emphasis on child safeguarding and so this program aligns with our policy of ensuring that children learn, grow and develop confidently in a safe and nurturing environment. We are delighted to be partners with Concacaf and TCIFA, and applaud these organizations and their continued programs among our young people. We also applaud our principals, physical education teachers, and coaches who will be trained as facilitators in our schools to implement the program, as well as the Sports Commission. We believe that that commitment through football will create positive change.”

 

For more information, please contact TCIFA Office Manager | Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Candia Ewing at 941-5532 or cewingtcifa@gmail.com

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TCIFA National Academy

Venetian Road 

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos Islands 

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C&W COMMUNICATIONS PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED AS ATHLETES “CHASE THE SUN”

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World Relays to be title sponsored by BTC, one of C&W’s local brands

 

In just a few days, athletes from over fifty countries will converge in The Bahamas for the BTC World Athletic Relays Bahamas 24. C&W Communications, the parent company of BTC, is proud to be associated with this major event, which will see athletes from The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago competing for a place in the upcoming Olympic games in Paris.

Inge Smidts, CEO of C&W Communications, who also serves as Chair of the BTC Board of Directors will be in the stands to witness the highly anticipated relays. Smidts says, this was an event that she simply could not miss. “We are proud to support our Caribbean athletes, and we wish them well as they vie for a spot in the Olympic games.

The relays will be held one of in our markets, The Bahamas, and we are honoured to be the title sponsor of the event. The world relays represent the spirit of relentless courage and the willingness to succeed of the Caribbean people and of our business. Through partnerships like this we demonstrate our unwavering commitment to connect communities and change lives.”

In addition to its sponsorship of the event, Smidts says it was important that athletes, officials, and fans stayed connected during the games. “As a business we are focused on ensuring that our customers have access to faster, stronger, and more reliable connectivity, and we worked with our partners to make certain that athletes and guests remain connected.

We have offered e-sim cards, and we also worked with the major hotels to set up care centers to ensure that we address any connectivity concerns on the spot. Additionally, I am pleased to announce that BTC will provide free Wi-Fi at the stadium giving patrons and athletes the opportunity to share every riveting moment.”

BTC has hosted a special event just for the Caribbean athletes, at the newly renovated Queen’s Staircase in Nassau, a recently renovated historic landmark visited by thousands of tourists each day. This event gave athletes the opportunity to unwind, mingle, and to learn more about each other right before the competition.

This is the fourth time that BTC and its parent company C&W Communications have title sponsored the world relays. The BTC World Athletic Relays will be held at the Thomas A. Robinson Track & Field Stadium from May 4-5, under the theme, “Chase the Sun, from Paradise to Paris.”

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TCIFA Celebrates Long-Serving Employees

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In a heartwarming tribute to dedication and loyalty, the TCIFA celebrates its long-serving employees. These employees have not only contributed their valuable skills and expertise but have also shown unwavering support and passion for their work. As we honour their years of service, we also acknowledge the invaluable impact they have had on shaping the culture and success of TCIFA. Their resilience, hard work, and positive attitude serve as an inspiration to us all, reflecting the true spirit of teamwork and excellence that defines our organisation.

Taking on a new career adventure, ten years ago, Candia Ewing joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association with a background in pre-medicine and considerable knowledge in the medical and dental fields. Initially assuming the role of administrative assistant at TCIFA, she later took on the responsibilities of Acting General Secretary during the crucial period of Sonia Fulford’s Presidency transition. Over time, Candia went on to become the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Her creative flair and strategic approach brought a fresh perspective to the FA, enhancing its public image and engagement with stakeholders. Eventually, in addition to this role, she undertook the position of Office Manager. In her multifaceted capacity, Candia fulfils various duties, such as overseeing the organisation and execution of matches and events, managing travel arrangements for national teams, and handling a myriad of tasks essential to the smooth daily operations of the FA. Her dedication, professionalism, and unwavering commitment to excellence make her an invaluable asset to the TCIFA and a true inspiration to aspiring professionals in the field of sports administration.

“In 2014, I discovered a whole new world within the TCIFA, filled with passion, dedication, and teamwork. Initially, there wasn’t much familiarity with the game aside from occasionally watching my mother and sister play. This gave me a unique perspective; but working within TCIFA broadened my horizons and deepened my appreciation. With that being said, my journey has been nothing short of transformative. Every day, I am surrounded by individuals who share a love for football, immersed in an environment brimming with enthusiasm and unity, and it is truly inspiring. While I may have started off as a very reserved person, football has helped me find my voice and a place in a world full of vibrant personalities and stories waiting to be shared.” Candia remarked, “Looking forward, I am enthusiastic about continuing on this illuminated path that football has set before me. Each person who loves football contributes to the rich tapestry of this sport. It is a testament to its inclusive nature that there is a place for everyone, regardless of their background, gender, age, or ability.”

From her early days as a player in the Football Development Programs to representing the U15, U17, and Women’s national teams, Olivia Graveley’s passion for the sport has been unwavering. Transitioning into a role as a Youth Development Officer at the TCIFA, in 2014, was just the beginning of her impactful career in football. Her dedication and expertise led her to the position of Head Coaching Development Officer, where she played an important role in shaping the future of football in the TCI. Consequently, as the Deputy Women’s Director, Olivia continued to break barriers and pave the way for women in football. Her commitment to the sport and her leadership skills did not go unnoticed, as she now holds the prestigious role of Director of the Grand Turk Football Program. With her U.S. and Concacaf C Licenses, Olivia continues to inspire and empower the next generation of football enthusiasts. Moreover, she holds a position as a member of the Caribbean Football Union Women’s Committee. Notably, she is the visionary behind #GOAM (Girls On A Mission), a collective of young female leaders devoted to community service in the TCI region, and an initiative that aims to empower women through various projects and workshops, underpinned by values of service. Her narrative exemplifies the profound impact of perseverance, diligence, and an unwavering passion for a sport that transcends boundaries.

“Football has been a part of my life for almost all my life,” Olivia reflects, showcasing her deep connection to the beautiful game. “From the early days of kicking a ball around with friends to the adrenaline rush of playing competitively on the field and coaching, football has been a constant source of joy and excitement for me. The beautiful game has taught me the value of teamwork, discipline, and perseverance. It has a way of bringing people together and creating unforgettable memories. I am reminded of the passion and love that has fueled my journey with this sport. Football isn’t just a game to me; it’s a part of who I am, shaping my character and providing endless opportunities for growth and camaraderie. I am very grateful for the invaluable years of growth and development experienced within TCIFA.”

From the humble beginnings at Tropical Plaza to the bustling headquarters of today, Fritz Elvariste has been a pillar of support for football at the TCIFA. His expertise in grounds maintenance and active involvement in various football activities, both within the FA and the Sharks Football Club, exhibits his deep love for the sport. Fritz has fulfilled multiple roles, serving as the groundskeeper, equipment manager, driver, player, coach, and referee, showcasing remarkable versatility and unwavering dedication to the sport. His passion for the game can be traced back to his roots at Violette Athlete Club in Haiti, underlining his lifelong connection to football.

Fritz’s infectious enthusiasm and optimistic outlook shine through his words, “Football holds a special place in my heart.” His joy in his work and gratitude for being part of TCIFA is palpable. He frequently articulates that his colleagues serve as an enduring wellspring of motivation and inspiration. For Fritz, football is a lifelong passion that continues to fuel his dedication and bring him immense happiness. He thrives on the energy of the game, finding solace in the rhythm of each moving component.

TCIFA President, Sonia Fulford, commented, “The dedication and commitment shown by by our employees are truly commendable. Candia, Olivia and Fritz embody the very essence of loyalty and expertise within the association. As we mark their milestones of 10 (in the case of Candia and Olivia) and 24 years (in the case of Fritz) respectively, we reflect on the invaluable contributions they have made to the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association. Their unwavering passion for their work has not only shaped the organization but has also inspired others around them. Their commitment and hard work have not gone unnoticed, and we are immensely grateful for everything they do. Here’s to celebrating these remarkable individuals and looking forward to many more years of success and collaboration ahead. Congratulations on this significant milestone, and may their passions continue to drive them to even greater achievements in the years to come.”

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