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
The Barbados Water Polo Under- 14 Mixed team (boys and girls) competed at the Trinidad Water Polo Nationals in December 2015 and returned home with a trophy and silver medals. This was the first competition experience for the team and the fact that they competed against an all-boys team made the silver medal placing even more gratifying. The team Coach was Natalia Parris and Kim Smith was Manager. A group of supportive and excited parents accompanied the team to Trinidad.
The Barbados swimming fraternity closed out the 2015 short course swimming season over the weekend, and what an ending it was! With 17 National Age Group Records and 1 Overall National Record being smashed, our swimmers were in fine form! We offer our congratulations to every one of the competitors for their best efforts and personal achievements over the course of the 6 days of competition.
Additionally, we salute Nkosi Dunwoody, Luis Sebastian Weekes, Danielle Titus, Ashley Weekes, Rebecca Lashley and Damon St. Prix for their individual record-setting performances.
And finally, we offer our heartiest congratulations to the mixed age group relay team of Damon St. Prix (14), Kent Mullins (15), Akeem Nurse (17) and Alex Sobers (16), for setting a new Barbados National SC 4×50 Freestyle Relay Record!
The new SC records are as follows:
100M IM Nkosi Dunwoody (1:05:31)
200M IM Nkosi Dunwoody (2:18:81)
400M IM Nkosi Dunwoody (4:52:74)
50M Breaststroke Nkosi Dunwoody (32.31)
200M Breaststroke Nkosi Dunwoody (2:31:48)
100M Breaststroke Nkosi Dunwoody (1:10:27)
200M IM Danielle Titus (2:29:32)
400M IM Danielle Titus (5:17:14)
200M Breaststroke Ashley Weekes (2:49:06)
100M Backstroke Danielle Titus (1:05:21)
200M Backstroke Danielle Titus (2:24:13)
100M IM Luis Sebastian Weekes (1:01:18)
200M IM Luis Sebastian Weekes (2:13:45)
200M Breaststroke Luis Sebastian Weekes (2:25:38)
50M Butterfly Luis Sebastian Weekes (26:88)
50M Freestyle Damon St. Prix (24:32) (tied Christian Selby’s existing record)
200M Breaststroke Rebecca Lashley (2:49:18)
MENS NATIONAL SC 4X50M FREESTYLE RELAY (1:37:99)
Damon St. Prix, Kent Mullins, Akeem Nurse, Alex Sobers
BASA would like to offer our heartiest congratulations to Nkosi Dunwoody and Danielle Titus for their extraordinary performances in the pool over the last 2 months.
At the 2nd Titans Aquatic Swim Meet in October Nkosi set two new National LC Records in the Boys 11-12 age group.
Boys 11-12 400M IM Nkosi Dunwoody 5:04:03 (previous record 5:06:47)
Boys 11-12 50M Breast Nkosi Dunwoody 33:45 (previous record 33:69)
In early November at the Hightide Stingrays Chefette Sprint Meet Nkosi copped another two National SC Records for the Boys 11-12 age group.
Boys 11-12 50M Breast Nkosi Dunwoody 32:49 (previous record 33:27)
Boys 11-12 100M Breast Nkosi Dunwoody 1:10:99 (previous record 1:13:29)
Two weeks later at the Plus Active Secondary Inter-Schools’ Finals Nkosi recorded one new record in the Boys 11-12 Category, and his teammate Danielle set three new National SC Records for the Girls 11-12 age group.
Boys 11-12 100M IM Nkosi Dunwoody 1:05:48 (previous record 1:05:70)
Girls 11-12 100M Free Danielle Titus 1:00:30 (previous record 1:01:07)
Girls 11-12 50M Back Danielle Titus 31:11 (previous record 31:36)
Girls 11-12 50M Fly Danielle Titus 30:20 (previous record 30:40)
The upcoming 2015 SC National Swimming Championships will close out this year’s local swimming season, and is scheduled to take place at the Aquatic Centre from December 1st – 6th.
THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY of the Aquatic Centre is a significant milestone in the history of aquatic sports in Barbados. Conceived and created by Mssrs Maurice Foster and Angus Edghill, Mrs Anne Shepherd and Mrs Katie Gale this plant paved the way for many aspiring young people to develop their skills in the three aquatic disciplines- swimming, water polo and synchronized swimming. It has become the home of excellence- from toddlers to Olympians.
Through a sustained relationship with our sports partners- The Barbados Olympic Association and the National Sports Council, we have been able to maintain a facility that is admired by many other regional federations and international Associations. This is evident by the many university teams that come every winter for their winter training at the AC. We have also hosted major competitions such as Carifta, CISC and CCCAN.
We are proud to have nurtured seven Olympians who all had their genesis in the pool at the Aquatic Centre. Leah Martindale was the first to graduate from the Aquatic Centre and become the first black female to qualify for an Olympic Final. Indeed many of our athletes compete at the major international meets such as The CAC Games, World Championships, Pan American Games and the Commonwealth Games.
One thousand school children benefit from basic swim training and water safety every week in the Maurice Foster Learn-to-swim pool through a joint programme with the National Sports Council. Many of these children transition eventually to the 50 metre pool and later become competitive swimmers.
The other disciplines of water polo and synchronized swimming make up the triad of Aquatic sports at the Aquatic Centre. Water polo has represented Barbados in regional and international competitions over the years and is now entering another phase of development. Synchronized swimming is also in a developing stage and last year represented Barbados in the CISC and this year in CCCAN.
I wish to acknowledge the great contribution of our coaches, in all disciplines. They have given invaluable service to the Aquatic Centre and to Barbados. by making sure that our children are confident in the water and that they reach their full potential. I thank the Cuban coaches who have made a great contribution to the development of swimming in Barbados.
We are proud of our many officials who have trained in technical areas to officiate at competitions, parents who time at competitions, who raise funds and who ferry children and car pool to and from the pool when most people are still asleep.
Our management team and pool staff works assiduously to make sure that the strictest standards of health and safety are maintained to ensure that our members, our tenants and visitors operate in a safe environment. I also thank my fellow Officers and Council members and those who served in similar capacities over twenty five years for their contributions to the management of the Aquatic Centre. We could not achieve our level of success without the support of many sponsors. I wish to express my thanks to you for sharing this journey with us. Suffice it to say I could not mention everyone in this message but each of you represents a part of our success.
As we embark on our next twenty five years let us go forward with energy and enthusiasm, just like our founders did, with vision and commitment toward bigger and greater achievements.
BASA would like to offer our congratulations to Damon St. Prix, as he set a new Barbados National Age Group Long Course Record of 53:29 in the Boys 13-14 100M Freestyle. The previous record of 54:27 was held by Barbadian Olympic Swimmer Damian Alleyne, and set back in July 1998. Damon was competing at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.