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

2017 BASA Open Water Classic

2017 BASA Open Water Classic

Despite the windy conditions, swimmers got to enjoy a bright and sunny morning of swimming in Carlisle Bay, for the 2017 BASA Open Water Classic 5K and 1.25K races.

17 competitors participated in the 5K race, including CCCAN open water swimmers Nathaniel Roach, Eric Lashley & Danielle Clarke. Young Nathaniel & Eric led the men the entire race, and were first to hit the board at the end with times of 1:10.17 and 1:10.23 respectively. Danielle was the first female to cross the finish line with a time of 1:18.15.

In the 1.25K race a total of 50 swimmers took to the crystal blue waters of Carlisle Bay. On the men’s side the pack was led the entire race by the foursome of Luis-Sebastian Weekes, Jack Kirby, Nkosi Dunoody and Karsten Marsten, who subsequently finished in that same order (15.56, 16.05, 16.08, & 16.22) . The ladies were brought home by Danielle Treasure in a time of 19.59, with Takiyah Weekes (20.08) & CCCAN open water swimmer Amelie Baker (20.09) taking second and third respectively.

Here are the complete age group results and times for the day’s events.

BASA OPEN WATER CLASSIC 2017 – RESULTS

View more images from the day on our Facebook page.

 

The 2016 Barbados Carifta Swim Team Finalized

The 2016 Barbados Carifta Swim Team Finalized

The Barbados Amateur Swimming Association is proud to announce our National Swimming Team for the 2016 Carifta Swimming Championships to be held in Martinique on March 24th– 26th, 2016. We offer our congratulations to all of the competitors and look forward to great performances in 3 weeks.

SWIMMERS
11-12 Age Groups

Girls: Aza Dunwoody, Ti-Juana Welch, Zahra Gaskin, Danielle Treasure
Boys: McCallum Clarke, Tristan Pragnell, Roan Baker, Eric Lashley, Zachary Taylor

13-14 Age Groups
Girls: Danielle Titus, Ashley Weekes, Destiny Harding, Zoe Taylor
Boys: Nkosi Dunwoody

15-17 Age Groups
Girls: Hannah Gill, Alexis Clark
Boys: Alex Sobers, Damon St. Prix, Luis Sebastian Weekes, Jack Kirby

OPEN WATER
14-17 Age Groups

Girls: Alexis Clarke, Rebecca Lashley, McKayla Treasure
Boys: Kobi Talma, Kent Mullins

MANAGEMENT
Head Coach – Abdul Sharif
Coach & Open Water – Antonio Martinez-Petrolanda
Team Manager – Andrea Titus
Assistant Manager / Chaperone – Samantha Clarke

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SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING
12 & Under Female Team
Savannah Berridge
Samaiyah Forde
Gracie Foster
Matilde Janoha
Sophia Simpson
Kenya Franklin
Nia Morris
Hailey Mahy

MANAGEMENT
Head Coach – Morgan Brown
Assistant Coach / Manager – Fiona Bethell
Chaperone – Nicole Simpson

BASA’s 2015 List of Awardees

BASA’s 2015 List of Awardees

The 2015 BASA Awards and Dinner were held at the Radisson Aquatica on February 8th, 2016. The Barbadian aquatic fraternity came together to honour and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of it’s swimmers, water polo players and synchronized swimmers in 2015. The complete list of honourees is as follows:

CARIFTA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Leah Martindale Trophy – Most Valuable Swimmer
Danielle Titus (Age Group Champ, 89 FINA points, 7 Golds, 2 Silvers, 2 Bronze, 3 Records)

The Victor Norville Memorial Trophy – Best Overall Swim
Alex Sobers (765 FINA Points)

Best Female Performance in Open Water Swimming
Alexis Clarke (3rd Overall 15-17 Age Group)

Best Male Performance in Open Water Swimming
Damon St. Prix (1st Overall 13-14 Age Group)

Best Water Polo Performance
Xavier Smith-Taylor

Most Improved Committed Water Polo Player
Simon Wilkie

CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP
Best Overall Female Performance in an Individual Swim
Hannah Gill (703 FINA Points)

Best Overall Male Performance in an Individual Swim
Alex Sobers (760 FINA Points)

Most Valuable Swimmer
Nkosi Dunwoody (Age Group Champion, 6 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze, 2 Records)

Best Female Performance in Open Water Swimming
Alexis Clarke (1st 14-17 Age Group)

Best Male Performance in Open Water Swimming
Kobi Talma (6th 14-17 Age Group)

Most Improved Synchronized Swimmer
Samiyah Forde

PAN AM GAMES 2015
Best Overall Female Performance in an Individual Swim
Lani Cabrera (697 FINA Points)

Best Overall Male Performance in an Individual Swim
Alex Sobers (768 FINA Points)

THE 16TH FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Best Overall Female Performance in an Individual Swim
Lani Cabrera (705 FINA Points)

Best Overall Male Performance in an Individual Swim
Alex Sobers (724 FINA Points)

THE GOOD WILL SWIM MEET
Most Valuable Female Swimmer
Aza Dunwoody (Points: 74, Events: 10)

Most Valuable Male Swimmer
Zachary Taylor (Points: 73, Events: 9, Meet Record: 1)

Most Motivated Swimmer
Shannon Smith

YOUTH COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Best Female Performance in an Individual Swim
McKayla Treasure (515 FINA Points)

Best Male Performance in an Individual Swim
Damon St. Prix (682 FINA Points)

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015
Avion Jordan

OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015
Barbara Denise Myles

SPONSOR OF THE YEAR 2015
Banks Holdings Ltd.

COACH OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2015
Antonio Petrolanda

WATER POLO COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015
Natalia Parris

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015
Fiona Bethell

MOST OUTSTANDING JUNIOR FEMALE 2015
Danielle Titus

MOST OUTSTANDING JUNIOR MALE 2015
Nkosi Dunwoody

MOST OUTSTANDING SENIOR FEMALE 2015
Hannah Gill

MOST OUTSTANDING SENIOR MALE 2015
Alex Sobers

2015 NATIONAL RECORD BREAKERS
Alexis Clarke
McCallum Clarke
Christopher Courtis
Nkosi Dunwoody
Hannah Gill
Jack Kirby
Rebecca Lashley
Kent Mullins
Akeem Nurse
Christian Selby
Alex Sobers
Damon St. Prix
Kobi Talma
Danielle Titus
McKayla Treasure
Ashley Weekes
Jumar Walrond
Luis Sebastian Weekes

SPECIAL AQUATIC CENTRE 25TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD
Abdul Sharif