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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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