It is pretty crazy to think that my time in TCI is coming to an end. Working up until this internship time couldn’t move fast enough because I was so eager to get started with the TCIRFU, now I wish time would slow down so I could soak up every second I have left on this gorgeous island.
Every morning when I step into the coffee shop the owner Herb would ask me “How are you doing Breanne?”my answer quickly transformed from “I’m doing good” to “I am living the dream”. Every aspect of this internship has blown my expectations out of the water from the locals, to the students, to the rugby community. I am beyond grateful for that last few months on the island and as I reflect on my time in Turks and Caicos all I can say is thank you.
I would like to thank not only the teachers of TCI for letting me join their PE classes but more specifically the students who were easily the best part of my internship. They gave me the true taste of TCI living, welcomed me into their routines, and constantly came to every class with a smile giving me the absolute privilege of being their rugby coach. The youth of TCI have taught me more about myself than I could have ever thought and I am extremely grateful to have met each and every one of them, they have made an ever-lasting impact on me and my life and I will be bringing a piece of them with me back to Canada
Thank you to the TCIRFU, TCI community, and my supervisor Keith Burant for believing in me and giving me the greatest amount of knowledge and encouragement pushing me to reach all of my internship and personal goals. The amount of growth I have had while
being down here is unmeasurable and I wouldn’t have had it without the support of my new TCI family. The tight knit community to my surprise made me feel like Provo was my home away from home. The culture created by the community is one like no other, I wish every person who came to TCI got to experience it like I did because if they did they would never want to leave. Although this internship was amazing, the friends and connections I have made are the cherry on-top of this out of this world experience.
Finally, thank you to Brock University, Commonwealth Games Canada, and SportWORKS for giving me the tools and foundation to have been able to be the Sport Development Officer for the Turks and Caicos Islands Rugby Football Union. This was truly an experience of a lifetime and I will never forget my time as a member of the TCIRFU team. To anyone who is given the opportunity to be a Queen Elizabeth Scholar or SportWORKS Officer I would recommend it ten times over because it is a life changing experience.
This may be the end of my time in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but this beautiful island has a piece of my heart. Until next time… and I am sure there will be a next time… Goodbye TCI