The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago hosted its inaugural challenge competition titled “Fusion 2007” on Saturday 17th March 2007. The competition was an exciting, physical and intellectually challenging sporting event that required courage, fortitude, stamina, commitment and teamwork.
Fourteen (14) teams participated with four persons on each team. Each team was required to hike/hash selected mountain trails within Trinidad as well as complete a series of team- work/problem-solving activities.
Competitors were required to meet at Maracas Beach (opposite Sam’s Bar) for 5:15am where team gears, first aid and team names were checked. Fusion was kicked off at 6:10am with a bare-footed relay race on the beach where teams were required to fill a 20oz bottle using a 7oz cup approximately 25meters away.
On completion, the water within the bottle was coloured and teams had to keep this bottle on their person as the Fusion token. A trek (using 3 persons per team) to Hobal Trace in Maracas Valley, St. Joseph was next where the time of completion ranged from 1hr 21mins to 2hrs 34mins. During this trek teams had to answer 4 multiple choice questions with each incorrect answer resulting in a 5 minute penalty.
As if this was not enough, at 10:00am all 4 persons per team were then required to trek to the second highest peak in Trinidad and Tobago (El Tucuche). At the summit, teams had to descend approximately 30meters to make a chookie chong kite and ascend again to the summit to fly their kite for 2 minutes. Once flown, a full descent to the start point was required. Times for this event ranged from 2hrs 15mins to 4hrs 26mins.
Teams now had a fairly long break and had to assemble at the foot of the Lady Chancellor hill at 4:30pm. At 5:00pm teams (using 3 persons per team) were required to run in a clockwise direction around the Queens Park Savannah to the roundabout at the Queens Royal College. Teams continued along Maraval Road onto French Street and onto Wrightson Road. They continued until the zebra crossing at Crown Plaza, crossed Wrightson Road and proceeded into the Cruise Shipping area at the Port Authority with their fourth team member. This leg of the event ranged from 26 to 54 mins.
The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago’s Fusion 2007 which was coordinated, planned and managed by staff of organization, led by Charles Bobb-Semple, was a great success. The event received high kudos (email and word of mouth) from all participants especially the visiting teams namely Republic Bank, Gulf Shipping, T&T Beureau of Standards, Pérez y Cía and PCS Nitrogen. The support of Management and Staff of the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago was instrumental in the successful deployment of this venture.