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IBL banker captures Ms CariFin 2014
Inter-Commercial Bank employee Sharda Siewsankar walked away with the 2014 Ms CariFin crown at the Sevilla Golf Course recently.
Ms CariFin showcased the participants’ intellectual abilities as well as their poise and glamour. The competition opened with the contestants’ dance routine, followed by the aerobic workout and the question and answer segment.
The event is geared toward building stronger bonds among participating institutions as well as maintaining a healthy, fit and vibrant lifestyle. CariFin events comprise of cross-country run and walks, obstacle races, dance offs, queen competitions and other fun sporting events which emphasise fitness.
This has been the 11th edition of the competition. The Ms CariFin show was introduced in 2004 to highlight and showcase the young women of the financial services sector.
This year saw a low turnout as there were only three entrants, First Citizens’ Verkisha Grahamms, Guardian Holdings’ Kenisha Forsyth and IBL Banks’ Sharda Siewsankar. The contestants were well supported by their teams and participants clearly put in a great deal of work for the event.
CariFin’s 2014 winner, Sharda Siewsankar said her motivating thought was to first trust in herself and then work toward winning. She believes that win or lose, having the experience on the CariFin stage gave her the feeling of success as she knew she had made her team proud.
Runner-up Forsyte, who represented Guardian Group in the queen competition, said, “The experience was really good, the support from my dancers was exceptional, I was impressed by the support from everyone.”
First Citizens’ Verkisha Graham, who placed third, said, “It was memorable, I was able to capture the essence of fun, fitness and friendship.”
CariFin Games started in 1991 and its main objective is the promotion of health and fitness in the work place within the financial services sector of the Caribbean. There is a two-month long programme of activities that started with a torch relay on April 5 and climaxed with the Family Day and cross-country events on June 8 at Sevilla Golf Course, Couva.