BASA Celebrates Aquatics in 2017

BASA Celebrates Aquatics in 2017

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

Youth Olympic Qualifying Events

The Barbados Amateur Swimming Association is pleased to announce that the 2018 BASA LC National Swimming Championships (Feb 27 – Mar 4) as well as the 27th Aquatic Centre International (May 25 – 27) have both been approved by FINA as official qualifying events for the Youth Olympic Games, taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October.

UANA Team Set to Compete

UANA Team Set to Compete

The Barbados Team taking part in the upcoming inaugural UANA Swimming Cup in Coral Springs, Florida are making final preparations for what should prove to be an exciting start to the 2018 season of competition. The UANA Cup features a dual meet between the twelve National Federation members of CONSANAT and the twenty-eight National Federation members of CCCAN, with athletes scoring points for their regional associations. The rivalries created by this concept will undoubtedly bring spirit and enthusiasm, as well as outstanding performances in the pool.

Representing Team Barbados are:

11-12 Age Group: Adia Deane & Omari Sealy

13-14 Age Group: Aza Dunwoody, Keilani Talma, Danielle Treasure, Zahra Gaskin, Roan Baker, McCallum Clarke, Tristan Prangell, Kai Trotman & Neil Skinner

15-17 Age Group: Danielle Titus, McKayla Treasure, Nkosi Dunwoody, Jack Kirby, Luis-Sebastian Weekes & Damon St. Prix.

Head Coach: Aisha Norville; Assistant Coach: Ancille Inniss, Team Manager: Andrea Titus; Chaperone: Deborah Talma

This week the Barbados team accepted a generous donation of fleece jackets and pants from our corporate friends at Paints Plus, and we extend a special “thank you” to Mr. Kyle Smith and the management of the company for their support.

   

The team will leave Barbados on Wednesday morning and the meet takes place from January 19th – 21st. We wish them all the best of luck!!

 

Aunty Mads – A Special Tribute by Nicki Hunte

Aunty Mads – A Special Tribute by Nicki Hunte

Aunty Mads, Swim Coach to Countless – December 10th, 2017 – by Nicki Hunte.

Yesterday, Saturday 9th of December 2017, the swimming fraternity lost a long-standing and beloved member of the family. We are sorry to share the news that our dear friend Madelaine Mercure is no longer with us. In addition to being a swim coach, Madelaine was also part of the Aquatic Centre’s first management team in the early 1990s.

 

For over 27 years, Madeline and Nicki Hunte together ran the Pirates Learn to Swim Club. This fit with her love of water as she was also a huge sailing enthusiast. Her approach to running the club was always very professional, feeling a real sense of responsibility for the task parents were entrusting the club with. Her dedication showed by her unwillingness to ever cancel a class, so on several occasions classes were taught through heavy showers, and storms, even if only one child attended. Her generous and compassionate nature was reflected when any parent had financial difficulty, the child was never turned away. She really loved children and genuinely wanted to see them succeed and be equipped with the vital skill of knowing how to swim.

 

Madeline found she had a special place in her heart for the youngest children. In 1999 this led to her beginning an innovative new Parent-Toddler swim class that allowed little ones to become water safe. Every Saturday morning she could be seen heading into the Aquatic Center, a huge bag of noodles on her a shoulder, a smile on her face and an eagerness to get the classes started. Because of her drive to teach, countless Barbadians are now well equipped to take on the water, whether in a competitive or recreational capacity.

 

Madeline was forced into retirement because of her illness, she knew that she had to put every ounce of energy into trying to get well. She knew she would not be able to keep up the level of commitment and passion needed to run the club through this difficult time. It is on this very sad day that we announce that she has lost that battle, and has now sailed on.

2017 Goodwill Swim Team

2017 Goodwill Swim Team

The Barbados team for the 2017 Goodwill Swim Meet has been ratified, and final preparations are underway for the event which will be held from August 18 to 21, at the National Aquatic Centre in Liliendaal, Guyana.

 

8 & Under Age Group

GIRLS: Rylan Marville, Jaiya Simmons, Allysa Roachford, Xian Trotman

BOYS: Matthew DaCosta-Hinds, Chaddain Sandiford, Jun Mikami, Tariq Greenidge

 

9 – 10 Age Group

GIRLS: Kenyah Deane, Heidi Baker, Chelsie Deane, Toni Walrond

BOYS: Khaleb Gaskin, Amani Millar, Charlie, Williams, Joshua Ross

 

11-12 Age Group

GIRLS: Amelie Baker, Kyla Beckles, Takiyah Weekes, Adara Stoddard

BOYS: Cian Hickey

 

13-14 Age Group

GIRLS: Shirkeitha Hunte, Chara Hinds, Zoe Taylor, Nyomi Boxhill

BOYS: Eric Lashley, Niel Skinner, Jack Kelshall, Nathaniel Roach

 

15-17 Age Group

GIRLS: Rebecca Lashley

BOYS: Keon Jessamy, Matthew Mayers, Kyron Richards, Xavier Straughn

 

MANAGEMENT TEAM

HEAD COACH: Darny Olalde Hernandez

ASSISTANT COACHES: Ancille Inniss, Russell Walton

TEAM MANAGER: Trisha Millar

CHAPERONES: Kathleen Beckles, Anthony Walrond, Gail-Ann Weekes

Bajan Swimmers 5th Overall at CCCAN 2017

Bajan Swimmers 5th Overall at CCCAN 2017

Barbados’ aquatic fraternity can be proud of the stellar performance of our swim team at CCCAN 2017 in Trinidad! The team brought home a total haul of 31 medals (Individual: 9 gold, 8 silver, 10 bronze. Relay: 4 bronze), 1 new CCCAN Record, 1 new National Bdos Record, and 8 new Bdos Age Group Records. Collectively our swim team placed 5th overall, out of a total of 23 Caribbean and Central American countries.

Below is a breakdown of the team’s accomplishments:

11-12 Age Group

Zachary Taylor

  • SILVER in 200m Breast (2:39.54)
  • BRONZE in 50m Breast (34.35)
  • SILVER in 100m Breast (1:14.61)

Kai Trotman

  • BRONZE & Bdos Age Group Record in 50m Free (26.65)

Aza Dunwoody

  • Bdos Age Group Record in 50 Fly (30.80)
  • SILVER in 200m Fly (2:34.84)

Keliani Talma

  • BRONZE in 200m Fly (2:35.60)

 

13-14 Age Group

Nkosi Dunwoody

  • GOLD & Bdos Age Group Record in 200m Breast (2:28.19)
  • SILVER in 400m IM (4:50.97)
  • SILVER in 200m IM (2:16.69
  • GOLD & Bdos Age Group Record in 50m Breast (30.95)
  • SILVER in 100m Breast (1:09.48)

Tristan Pragnell

  • SILVER in 200m Back (2:15.80)

Danielle Titus

  • BRONZE in 50m Back (31.45)
  • GOLD in 100m Back (1:07.21)
  • GOLD in 200m IM (2:28.95)
  • GOLD, CCCAN Record & Bdos Open Record in 200m Back (2:22.39)

Ashley Weekes

  • BRONZE in 100m Breast (1:19.21)

 

15-17 Age Group

Jack Kirby

  • GOLD in 50m Back (27.23)
  • GOLD in 100m Back (58.12)
  • SILVER in 200m Back (2:08.22)

Luis-Sebastian Weekes

  • BRONZE in 200m IM (2:10.93)
  • BRONZE in 100m Breast (1:06.75)

 

18 & Over

Alex Sobers

  • BRONZE & Bdos Age Group Record in 400m Free (4.00.17)

Christopher Courtis

  • GOLD in 50m Back (26.48)
  • GOLD in 100m Back (57.14)
  • BRONZE in 200m Back (2:09.14)

Lani Cabrera

  • BRONZE in 200m Free (2:10.75)

 

RELAYS

11-12 Mixed 200m Relay: Bdos Age Group Record (1:53.03) – Z. Taylor, A. Deane, A. Dunwoody, K. Trotman

13-14 Mixed Relays: Bdos Age Group Record (1:49.38) – M. Clarke, D. Titus, A. Weekes, N. Dunwoody

11-12 Girls 400m Freestyle Relay: BRONZE (4:19.38) – A. Deane, K. Talma, K. Renwick, A. Dunwoody)

11-12 Boys 400m Freestyle Relay: Bdos Age Group Record (4:08.66) -C. Pollard, K. Trotman, O.Sealy, Z. Taylor

12-14 Girls 400m Freestyl Relay: BRONZE (4:10.85) – A. Weekes, Z. Gaskin, D. Treasure, D. Titus

11-12 Boys 400m Medley Relay: BRONZE & Bdos Age Group Record (4:35.17) – C. Pollard, Z. Taylor, O. Sealy, K. Trotman

15-17 Boys 400m Medley Relay: BRONZE (4:02.60) – J. Kirby, J. Walrond, L-S. Weekes, D. St.Prix

 

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