Beginning the long course season in the same vein in which he ended the short course season last year BRADLEY ALLY, Barbados’ swimming Icon is making his presence felt in Europe. Competing in his first long course meet for the year – ‘Meeting International de la FFN’ January 21-24rd -Bradley took the gold medal from France’s Ganesh Pedurand in 2:02.92 in the 200 M IM to achieve a ranking in this his preparation stage of 4th in the World.
In the 200 M backstroke Ally was out-touched by France’s Alexis Cabrol who won the gold in 2:03.01. But Bradley was dangerously close behind taking the silver in 2:03.11 for a primary ranking of 5th place in the World.
In the 200 M freestyle he took second spot in the ‘B’ final in 1:52.42 coming within splits of breaking his national record of 1:52.30. Despite being in the ‘B’ final this time placed him 8th overall in the event as his ‘B’ final time was better than some posted in the ‘A’ final.
Bradley continues his training in FRANCE towards his preparation for the World Long course in Shanghai and the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara.
BRADLEY ALLY & CHRISTIAN SELBY-TOP ACHIEVERS FOR THE YEAR 2010
The Barbados Amateur Swimming Association celebrated the achievements of its swimmers for the year 2010 at its annual gala held this year at the Barbados Beach Club. Before a packed audience made up of a wide cross section of the swimming fraternity and invited guests the evening’s proceedings unfolded and the top achievers were revealed.
The newly elected President of CCCAN, Mr Errol Clarke and Mr Christopher Simmons Sales Manager of Purity Bakeries, sponsor of the primary Schools’ interschool Swimming Championships were on hand to celebrate with the swimmers. The Barbados Olympic Association’s Secretary General, Mr Erskine Simmons, also the Deputy Chairman of the National Sports Council, in his brief remarks stated that the Aquatic Centre model should be adopted by other national federations and should be fully supported by the Government. He stated that swimming was the only sport to have won gold medals at the Central American & Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and pledged the full support of his Association in preparing for the Pan-American Games and the London 2012 Olympics.
Mr Christopher Simmons in making his remarks urged Barbadians to make healthy choices to avoid obesity. He also stated that Purity Bakeries had continued its partnership with the Swimming Association as BASA gave of its very best ‘to create a professional environment for the Primary Schools’ Competition while seeking to create a culture and a desire within young people to participate in a sport which can be a lifetime means to fitness and weight control’.
The President of the Swimming Association, Mrs Sonia O’Neal lauded the achievements of the swimmers and dubbed the year 2010 as another year for record performance. She informed that 162 new national & meet marks had been established overall and that the swimmers took the sport to new heights through their achievements.
The audience was serenaded by renditions by Ms Hannah Gill and Ms Paulette Sobers and was treated to a sumptuous dinner prepared by the Hotel’s staff.
Both Junior and senior swimmers were recipients of the awards and kudos was paid to MR JASON CUMMINS for his outstanding leadership as Team Captain of the Goodwill Swim team.
The honour roll is as follows (click swimmers’ name for photo):
THE MOST VALUABLE SWIMMER OF THE CARIFTA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS – THE LEAH MARTINDALE TROPHY: MS ZABRINA HOLDER
BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL SWIM- CARIFTA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS THE VICTOR NORVILLE MEMORIAL TROPHY: >MS ZABRINA HOLDER
THE BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL SWIM-CARIBBEAN ISLANDS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS, HAVANA, CUBA: MS ZABRINA HOLDER
THE BEST OVERALL MALE PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL SWIM-CARIBBEAN ISLANDS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS: MR RAYMOND EDWARDS
THE BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL SWIM-OPEN WATER SWIMMING-CARIBBEAN ISLANDS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS: MR TRISTAN WARD
THE BEST OVERALL FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL SWIM-CENTRAL AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN GAMES: MS ZABRINA HOLDER
THE BEST OVERALL MALE PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL SWIM-CENTRAL AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN GAMES: MR BRADLEY ALLY
THE BEST OVERALL FEMALE PERFORMANCE: 1ST YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES: MS LEE-ANN ROSE