The BASA Awards Ceremony for the 2017 aquatics season took place on Sunday February 25th at the Radisson Aquatica Resort. The event kicked off with a Welcome Address by Mr. Tony Selby (BASA President) and an inspirational speech by one of the founders of the Aquatic Centre, Mr. Maurice Foster. The Aquatic Centre celebrated its 70th Anniversary in 2017, and Mr. Foster shared the stories and experiences that led to the development of the facility.

The evening also included a presentation by Guest Speaker Mr. Erskine Simmons (Secretary General of the Barbados Olympic Association).

 

The Awardees for the 2017 aquatics season are as follows:

 

CARIFTA SWIMMING

The Leah Martindale Trophy for Most Valuable Swimmer: Danielle Titus

The Victor Norville Memorial Trophy for Best Overall Swim: Jack Kirby

Best Female Open Water Performance: Danielle Clarke

Best Male Open Water Performance: Eric Lashley

WATER POLO

Women’s 18 & Under

The Most Improved Player: Suann Spencer

The Most Committed Player: Thea Beckles

Men 18 & Under

The Most Improved Player: Tyrese Beckles

The Most Committed Player: Nathan James

MEN 16 & Under

The Most Improved Player: Darien Maynard

The Most Committed Player: Anij Brewster

14 & Under Mixed Team

The Most Improved Player: Rihanna Philips

The Most Committed Player: Fozlo Brewster

The Coach of the Year:  Ryan Forde

CCCAN SWIMMING

Best Overall Female Performance: Lani Cabrera

Best Overall Male Performance: Alex Sobers

Most Valuable Swimmer: Nkosi Dunwoody

Best Female Open Water Performance: Amelie Baker

Best Male Open Water Performance: Nathaniel Roach

 

SYNCHRONIZED / ARTISTIC SWIMMING

Most Improved Swimmer: Samaiyah Forde

Best Performance of the Year: Erica Loustric

Coach of the Year: Kiera Bloom

4th COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES

Best Overall Female Performance: Danielle Titus

Best Overall Male Performance: Jack Kirby

 

6th FINA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Best Overall Female Performance: Danielle Titus

Best Overall Male Performance: Jack Kirby

 

17th FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Best Overall Female Performance: Lani Cabrera

Best Overall Male Performance: Alex Sobers

 

GOODWILL SWIM MEET

Most Valuable Female Swimmer: Rebecca Lashley

Most Valuable Male Swimmer: Niel Skinner

 Most Motivated Swimmer: Xian Trotman

 

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Matthew Lashley

This award is given to an individual who selflessly made a significant contribution to the sport, their Association and Clubs for 2017.  The individual receiving this award for 2017 is a constant presence at all local swim meets as either a timer or chief timer and is always willing to go where help is needed.  He has also been instrumental in the development of open water swimming in Barbados over the past few years.  He accompanies our swimmers on every practice to ensure their safety and keeping them on course.  He served as part of the management team for the 2017 CCCAN championships and was brought in by Trinidad to assist as part of the open water safety crew for the 5KM event.

OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR: Sonia O’Neal

SONIA O’NEAL made her official debut in officiating when she attended an officials’ course held at the Gymnasium in support of the 1998 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships hosted by Barbados to develop officials for that occasion. She continued her development as a swimming Referee and Judge, officiating at all local competitions, travelling to officiate at the Carifta Swimming Championships, Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships and the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships annually.  During that time she attended several clinics and was accredited as a FINA International Body Official from the year 2000. She officiated at several FINA sanctioned events, including the World Championships and World Junior Championships.

Sonia continues to assist the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association with the development of officials and management of locally held swimming competitions. She also travels to sister islands to assist with the management and organization of their events.

Sonia is currently the Chair of the UANA Swimming Technical Committee, and has recently been selected as a member of the International Body – FINA Technical Swimming Committee.

To add to all of this, Sonia has also served local aquatics in an administrative capacity, having been President of the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association for 12 years – (2000-2012); and President of Alpha Sharks Swim Club for 2 years (1998-2000).  She is currently the Treasurer of the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Federation

 

SWIMMING COACH OF THE YEAR: Antonio Martinez-Petrolanda

Coach Tony has been committed to and involved with the development of swimming in Barbados for over 20 years. He has travelled as the National Coach with swim teams to numerous events around the globe, and in 2017 was the Head Coach for the teams travelling to Carifta in the Bahamas, CCCAN in Trinidad and the FINA World Championships in Budapest. He also successfully led his local team to another victory at the Aquatic Centre Invitational in May 2017.

 

SPONSOR OF THE YEAR: Purity Bakeries

 

MOST OUTSTANDING JUNIOR FEMALE SWIMMER: Aza Dunwoody

MOST OUTSTANDING JUNIOR MALE SWIMMER: Zachary Taylor

MOST OUTSTANDING SENIOR FEMALE SWIMMER: Danielle Titus

MOST OUTSTANDING SENIOR MALE SWIMMER: Alex Sobers

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