Entrance to the kingdom, where the battling between minds began.
Entering with lots of excitement and music
Marching bands were following along, performing for the grand opening. The feeling was great, music, dances, stilt walkers, it was amazing.
It's all about having fun and dancing with Ozzie the clown.
not only chess, it's creativity
Although all the players were already winners in representing their district, only the best of the best were the winners of the Olympiad.
TOP FEMALE PLAYERS
Natalia Henderson East Cayo, Maricela Cocom East Cayo, Aylene Perez Orange Walk,
Irene Perez Orange Walk, Ariola Cucul Toledo
TOP FEMALE TEAM
ROYAL QUEENS OF TOLEDO
Virginia Cus, Vanessa Cucul, Lydia Rash, Darleen Rash
Toledo has the strongest female team in the country
1st place award!!
Stann Creek are the champions again!!
Javier Lisby, Alfred Awe, Feliciano Pixabaj, Jerome Sho
3rd Place Team
ROYAL ADVISORS Belize City
Brandon Usher, Jeremy Quinto, Mauricio Noble, Zekith Flowers
8 and under
1st place:Markiese Brown W Cayo, 2nd place: Aaron Sho Sc, 3rd: Jermaine Shol Tol, 4th: Heizen Loria Corozal, 5th: Markiem Brown W Cayo, 6th: Giovanny Shol Toledo
9 and 10 section
1st place: Myles Coombs W Cayo, 2nd: Jovel Chiac SC, 3rd: Godfrey Cus Toledo, 4th: Samuel Sho SC, 5th: Gilbert Tesecum Toledo, 6th: Ariola Cucul Toledo
11 and 12 Winners
1st place: Jeremy Chiang E Cayo, 2nd: Keiderre Loria Corozal, 3rd: Jerome Sho SC, 4th Zekith Flowers Bz, Mark Noble Bz, 6th: Kareem Jenkins E Cayo
13 years old section winners
1st place: Mauricio Noble Bz, 2nd: Joshua Chiang E Cayo, 3rd: Zac Anderson E Cayo, 4th: Walter Perez OW, 5th: Lorenzo Sho E Cayo, 6th: Dwayne Rodriguez Bz
16 and 17 section winners
1st place: Alfred Awe Sc, 2nd: Akeem Jenkins E Cayo, 3rd: Javier Lisby Sc, 4th: Steve Flowers Belize, 5th: Evan Hynes Belize, 6th: Gilberto Perez Corozal
GOLDEN KINGS AND QUEENS SENIORS AWARDS
1st place: Cordelia Raymond
AWARD FOR RESPECT
8 & under:Omary Medina Bz, 9 & 10:Pablo Cawich E Cayo,11 &12: Vincent Hulse W Cayo, 13:Natalia Henderson E Cayo, 14 & 15Henry Bull Sc, 16 &17:Virginia Cus Toledo
Markiese Brown W Cayo, Jasmine Bol SC, Lydia Rash Toledo, Erwin Wills E Cayo, Ayleen Perez OW, Colleen Tate SC
8 & under:Zhair Lizama Bz,9&10: Isani Cal Toledo, 11&12:Amir Coc Toledo, 13:Dante Reneau Bz, 14&15:Jeremy Quinto Bz, 16&17:Efrain Navarro OW
8 & under: Micheal Waight E Cayo, 9&10: Ariola Cucul, 11&12:Keiderre Loria Corozal, 13: Carolee Arana SC, 14&15: Shajir Pech Corozal, 16&17: Juan Lopez SC
BEST TEAM BANNERS
1ST PLACE: King Hunters Orange Walk, 2nd place: Mayan Knights Toledo, 3rd place: King Slayers West Cayo
BEST DISTRICT PRESENTATION AT THE OPENING CEREMONY
AWARDS FOR KITES AND ARTS
Aaron sho SC, Gesselle Coc Bz, Amaire Huitz Corozal, Laura Andrews SC
Winners of the Ultimate Chess Player Vocabulary Challenge Mayan Queens
Nia Beane, Maricela Cocom, Natalia Henderson, Tatiana Henderson
the children had alot of fun playing and learning
All the trainings and hard work over the year finally paid off.
BNYCF received special recognition from Toledo district and from the Golden Queens team.
BIRTHDAY BOY: Kris Sanchez, our very first junior coach working at the Olympiad as a tournament director.
An award was presented to Grand Master Maurice Ashely by the winning team's captain Alfred Awe
A big thank you to all the coaches and Tournament directors
without you it wouldn't have been possible.
All their hard work has paid off, thanks a lot.
Special THANKS goes to Caracol Stiltwalkers from Arenal. This is their third year of participation in the Chess Olympiad. Here is a bit of information for those who are not familiar with them:
Caracol is a youth development and community arts organization working in the Adjacency zone between Belize and Guatemala. We use all forms of art as tools for personal development, confidence building and group formation. The stilt walker group rehearse each week to present their shows that include acrobatics, juggling and dance. The group also produce their own costumes using sewing machines given as donations. Stilts are not toys they are a serious tool that require dedication, fitness, flexibility and respect; a stiltwalker cannot function well alone! The stilt walkers from Arenal have performed twice at the Chess Olympiad and also at the Belie City Carnival, The National Festival of Arts Parade, Spelling B, Independance Day Parades in Benque Viejo del Carmen, Mango Fest, Cayo Arts Festival, Band Fest, Festival of Lights in Cristo Rey, World March for Peace and Non Violence in Melchor De Mencos and in numerous other events in Belize and Guatemala.
Caves Branch Jungle Lodge( national sponsor)
BTL( national sponsor)
Belmopan City Online
Royal Mayan Shrimp Farms