5th Annual TCIFA/Gordon’s Supply
Walk Run Ride
The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA), throughout it’s history, has played a very active role in supporting and promoting the development of youth through football in the Turks & Caicos Islands. On Saturday, April 8th, 2017, the 5th annual “Walk Run Ride” endorsed by Gordon’s Plumbing & Electrical Supply, was held at the TCIFA National Academy. Cars lined the fencing along the grass pitch, and hands were grabbing t-shirts in search for the right size.
Candace Hanchell, TCIFA Executive Director responsible for Women’s Football, commenced the morning’s event with an announcement that served as a reminder to all that raising a child involves community effort and that the benefits of sports reach beyond the physical well-being during his/her developmental process. Pastor Wayde Colby followed the introduction with a prayer, then Fitness Instructor Adina Cuirar with a pre-event warmup session. The atmosphere was completely lit with energy and excitement.
“Walk Run Ride” is an annual initiative dedicated to raising funds in partnership with stakeholders and to increase the awareness of youth development through sport. All proceeds go toward the youth development football programmes ran throughout the country. Every year TCIFA aims to not only accomplish fund raising goals, but to increase participation. TCIFA strives to provide quality youth programmes, all whilst in creating a welcoming, safe and healthy environment for players, coaches, referees, and all its members.
Once the participants returned to the Academy from their respective routes, they were invited to complimentary snacks and a brief prize giving ceremony. The following persons were recognized:
1st place male cyclist - Shanwell Gardiner
2nd place male cyclist - Anthony Plunkett
1st place female cyclist - GabRielia Hegeolus
1st place male walker/runner - Dan Redmond
2nd place male walker/runner - Adelfir Pareds
1st place female walker/runner - Lynn Robinson
2nd place female walker/runner - Stacy Vorwek
1st place male youth - Joshua Lewis
1st place female youth - Sydney Campbell
2nd place female youth - Alyna Ayer
Most supportive corporate grouP - Grace Bay Club
3 Consolation prizes were given
“Walk Run Ride” could not have been made possible without the generous support of headline sponsor, Gordon’s Plumbing & Electrical Supply, and co-sponsors, Coca Cola, Gracebay Pharmacy, Flamingo Pharmacy, Walkin Marine, Graceway Sports Center, Perto Plus, Conservative Architects, Missick’s Contracting, Grace Bay Club, Marsha Lightbourne, Willard Williams, Jermaine Malcolm, Paul Cox, Roy Williams, Adina Cuirar, Pastor Wayde Colby and the Turks & Caicos Islands Royal Police Force representatives. Thank you to these organizations and persons, the local media, and persons who registered and participated in the event, for encouraging TCIFA to continue much-needed progress.
And a very special thank you to our sponsors