Nicky Neckles, the Barbadian Master

Nicky Neckles, the Barbadian Master

To those long-standing members of the regional competitive swimming community, the name Nicky Neckles is well known and deeply revered. Without a doubt one of the best backstroke swimmers to come out of Barbados (and the Caribbean at large), Nicky’s achievements and records as a junior and senior swimmer at Carifta, CCCAN, CISC, CAC Games, PanAm Games, Commonwealth Games and ultimately 3 Olympiads (1996, 2000, & 2004) have set an extremely high bar for upcoming generations of swimmers to meet.

Having “retired” from competitive swimming after the CAC Games in 2010, (25 years following his first Learn to Swim class at Casuarina Hotel), it seems that the water will forever call his name. After a 10 year hiatus from the pool, Nicky is now in training to represent himself and Barbados at the 18th FINA World Masters Championships in Guanjgju, South Korea, in August 2019. As part of his preparations, the 40 year old took aim at the 40-44 Age Group World Masters Records in the 100m backstroke (59.08) and 200m backstroke (2:10.57), and while competing on home soil as part of the Barbados Team at CCCAN 2019, Nicky clocked 59.52 in the 100m backstroke (a near miss on the record, but a bronze medal nonetheless) followed by a glorious 2:09.08 in the 200m event. A gold medal performance and a new World Masters Record!

To see the faces of our young swimmers as they tried to comprehend the enormity of what they had just witnessed, it occurred to me that they really have no idea who this man is, and what he represents to their sport. It was time to educate them!

I asked Nicky if he would be willing to share a bit about his journey in swimming, and he was gracious enough to provide some insight. While every swimmer’s path and experience is different during their competitive life in the water, it’s always beneficial for upcoming generations to listen and learn the stories of the greats, so they themselves can truly understand exactly what it takes to be one of the best!

Read more about Nicky’s earlier career in this article, written by Sonia O’Neal, at the time of his initial retirement in 2010.

 

Tell us a bit about your early years in swimming. How were you introduced to the sport and what was the transition into the competitive side of things like?

“I was terrified of the water as a child growing up. At the beach I wouldn’t go in the water without my life jacket. At swimming lessons I was the one that the instructor had to have the pole ready for to grab on to, when I got scared swimming 1 length of the pool – while the other swimmers were moving along confidently.

I had an awful boat ride in the Grenadines one vacation. Rough seas!  After that experience apparently I told my parents I wanted to learn to swim when I got back to Barbados. That’s when I joined Stingrays Club.

Swimming after that came naturally.”

As you began to make your mark on the junior competitive scene in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean, how did your training schedule evolve? How did you balance the pool, school, friends, family, etc.?

“As I began to progress morning training was introduced.  So there were more hours spent in the pool. But I remember having a good balance between social life and training. I never felt I was missing out on anything.”

From what age did you start morning training? And how many sessions a week were you at? Were you also involved in other sports?

“From about age 9-10. I think we swam 5 or 6 total sessions. By 14 I was doing 10 swimming sessions per week. I also did karate and track ‘n field in the first 2 years of secondary school.

I wasn’t a bright student at primary school. But as I began to improve and develop in swimming, my ability to focus also improved, and I became disciplined with my studies by secondary school. Louis Lynch! There especially I learned to be well-rounded. I had great teachers and friends there!”

Can you tell us a bit about your move from living and training in Barbados to attending university in Scotland? What made you decide on the University of Stirling?

“Moving away was easy and exciting! I choose Stirling because there was an excellent American coach, Chris Martin, heading the program, who trained some excellent American backstrokers at the time. Also because I wanted to study economics.”

Did they seek you out, or was the move initiated more from your end?

“From my end. I had interest from Auburn University and University of Kentucky (these are the ones I remember).”

How did the training regime in university (and on the international scene in general) differ from that in Barbados?

“The biggest difference in training is the level of competition. There are guys better than you. So you have to keep up. Also the attention to technique is greater. Plus gym work for strength jacks up!”

What are some things that the local swimming community could learn from other countries?

“The biggest thing we can learn from other countries is to focus on the technical side of swimming. Like starts, turns and underwater kicking. In Barbados I think coaches say “go faster” or “give more effort”. But I don’t hear many coaches saying how to do that.

For instance: You need to do dolphin kicks underwater. Yeah, but how? How do you do it effectively and fast?”

As with all competitive sports, I’m sure during the course of your journey leading up to the Olympics there were major hurdles and obstacles to be overcome. Can you describe some of these, and what the process was like moving past the disappointments and tough times?

“There were many disappointments! But the biggest and most common is not improving. After my first Olympics in 1996 I didn’t improve until the next Olympiad 4 years later. And it’s not because I wasn’t training hard!

I got over that by analyzing myself, and in many ways, becoming my own coach. And it’s probably why my profession is financial analysis. The first thing I did was stop focusing on the time I wanted to do. Instead, I focused on improving my distance per stroke. If I can do a 50m in 30 seconds taking fewer strokes than before, it means I am more efficient in the water.

Not worrying about times also removed unnecessary pressure and I began to enjoy swimming again.”

What role has goal-setting played in your swimming career? Can you tell us a bit about the planning process at the beginning of the year or competition season?

“Goals were set at the start of every year, and were based on the major competitions for that year. But throughout the year you set different milestones to measure progress. For instance, in December of last year when I decided to compete in the World Masters in August 2019. I knew I would do at least 2 meets before. The first meet is a gauge and at the second you want to improve further.”

What role do you think parents play in the development and support of a swimmer who’s showing potential and desire within the sport?

“Parents are critical. They can make or break an athlete! Their toughest job (other than financial support) is knowing when to back off, and knowing when to push. And also to not get ahead of themselves. A 10 year old child, no matter how fast, is a long way from being in the Olympics. So it (swimming) should be enjoyable.”

Tell us about your move into Master’s swimming? What was it that prompted the move, and what is it that you’re hoping to accomplish?

“I got into masters swimming because of Terrence Haynes. A former Olympian himself, he invited me to swim at his pool. We did some sessions and raced each other once or twice. Then he came up with the brilliant idea.”

So you had taken a break from competitive swimming once your working career began?

“Yes I haven’t been in a pool for 10 years.”

Oh wow! I guess it’s like riding a bike then.

“It’s really not supposed to be. Maybe for me it’s like that. But I’ve always been active in some way. The last 4 years I’ve been doing CrossFit.”

Over the next 20 years what role do you see yourself playing in the local and regional swimming community? Masters competitor, mentor, coach?

“My role over the next 20 years? I cannot say. I believe now I will play some role, just because I seem to always find my way back to the pool, even after I’ve said “that’s it”.”

It’s a 200m Backstroke final. What goes through your mind as you stand behind the blocks, preparing for the referee’s whistle? What are the thoughts before, during and after the event? Is it the same at 40 years old, as it was when you were 22?

“Nothing goes through my mind before a race. It’s blank. I look down the center of the pool and take deep breaths. It was that way from age 13 to 18. Then I lost it for four years by clouding my mind with thoughts of times and performance. During the race I am just aware of the competition around me but I swim my own race and at my own pace.”

What words of advice do you have for the 18 year old swimmer (and his family), who has dominated the local and Caribbean swim scene, but is looking to transition to the college and university circuit?

“My advice to an 18 year old is to go to a university where you are wanted. Not to one where they don’t really need you.”

What is/are your least favourite part(s) of competitive swimming? Conversely, what is your most favourite part?

“Cold water is my least favorite thing about swimming. My favorite thing is playing with my technique to make subtle improvements, after watching YouTube videos.”

How important do you think swimming (and sports in general) is to young people?

“I think everyone should learn how to swim as a life skill. Sport in general is such great outlet for young people to express themselves and to learn valuable life lessons, such as perseverance, discipline & accepting constructive criticism.”

Looking back on your swimming career and all of your accomplishments within the sport (not saying that there aren’t more to come) what is it that you are most proud of?

“The accomplishment I am most proud of are my first gold medal at Carifta in 1991; my first gold medal at CCCAN in 1993; winning my heat races at the Olympics in 1996; winning 3 gold medals at Central American Games; finishing 4th at the Commonwealth Games; making the semi finals at the World Championships; and now breaking a Masters World Record at home!

That’s not all, but these are the ones most important to me.”

If you could be granted 3 wishes for swimming in Barbados, what would they be?

Wish 1. An Olympic medal.

Wish 2. Another 50m pool to accommodate the numbers we have now .

Wish 3. Our own elite college system so we wouldn’t have to borrow others.

 

Barbados’ Goodwill Swimmers Grab Top Spots

At the recently concluded 2018 Goodwill Swimming Championships, Barbados was
awarded the Age Group Champion trophy in 4 Age Groups and had several second
and third place finishes.

It would be a clean sweep of the top 3 placements in the 8 & under girls with Heidi
Stoute being the winner, amassing 29 points from the 5 events contested. Second
place would go to Jaiya Simmons with 28 points while Ayobami Leon Barker would
finish in 3 rd with 24 points, tied with Guyana’s Shareefah Lewis.

Nikolai Sisnett with 4 gold medals from 5 events would be the champion of the 8 &
under boys, finishing with 40 points. Second place was a tie between the Bahamas
Maxwell Daniels and Trinidad’s Rylan Thomas, with 28 points each while Tariq
Greenidge of Barbados would finish in 4 th place with 26 points.

Kenyah Deane would be the lone placement for Barbados in the 9-10 age group,
finishing in 3 rd place overall with 42 points. The age group title went to Christanya
Shirley of Jamaica (67 points). Heidi Baker would finish in 4 th place with 22 points.
In the 13-14 age group, Takiyah Weekes was 2 nd overall with 39 points behind
Trinidad’s Isabella Edwards with 48 points while 3 rd place went to Liya Moncur of
the Bahamas. Christopher Pollard and Eli Zerpa would swap gold and silver medal
positions throughout the meet but Pollard’s performance was strong enough to
eventually earn him the title of Age Group champion with 55 points while Zerpa had
to settle for 2 nd place with 50 points.

In the 15-17 age group, Ashley Weekes and Destiny Harding, having medaled
between them in every event contested, were awarded the first and second place
trophies respectively. Weekes’ finished with 63 points while Harding secured 53
points. The 3 rd place went to Trinidad’s Courtney Lawrence with 31 points.
With solid performances all round from the team, Barbados would finish in 2 nd
position with 983 points. The overall winner was Trinidad with 1,242 points while
the Bahamas finished in third with 633.50 points.

Barbados Swim Team for Goodwill Championships Announced

Barbados Swim Team for Goodwill Championships Announced

It’s a full team for Barbados! 

The final qualifying time trials for the upcoming Goodwill Swimming Championships were held last weekend at the Aquatic Centre, and coming out of the Technical Meeting held on Tuesday, the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association is pleased to announce the National Team that has been selected and ratified for this regional meet in August.

 

8 & Under Girls: Jaiya Simmons, Heidi Stoute, Ayobami Leon-Barker, Amiya Harrison

8 & Under Boys: Tariq Greenidge, Nikolai Sisnett, Jacob Gollop, Brennan Watson

9-10 Girls: Kenyah Deane, Heidi Baker, Melanie Walkes, Rylan Marville

9-10 Boys: Jayden Lavine, Jaden Johnson, Matthew DaCosta-Hinds, Joshua Ross

11-12 Girls: Kyla Beckles, Kimberly Griffith, Amelia Mayers, Toni Walrond

11-12 Boys: Storme Collymore, Ethan Roachford, Khaleb Gaskin, Charlie Williams

13-14 Girls: Takiyah Weekes, Chara Hinds, Kayla Renwick, Kayla Smith

13-14 Boys: Christopher Pollard, Eric Lashley, Jake Chee-A-Tow, Elijah Mahy

15-17 Girls: Destiny Harding, Ashley Weekes, Shannan Smith, Shirkeitha Hunte

15-17 Boys: Nathan James, Jalani Blenman, Matthew Mayers, Keon Jessamy

HEAD COACH: Darny Olalde-Hernandez

ASSISTANT COACHES: Ancille Inniss, Henderson Clarke

TEAM MANAGER: Samantha Clarke

TEAM CHAPERONE: Gale-Ann Weekes


The 2018 Goodwill Swimming Championships are being held in Barbados from August 17th – 19th at the Aquatic Centre. We will be welcoming teams, officials and supporters from St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas, Suriname, Guyana, Grenada & Jamaica, for what promises to be a weekend of keen competition and regional sportsmanship!

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

 

The Barbados Carifta swim team 2012

The Barbados Carifta swim team 2012

20 swimmers will be representing Barbados at the annual Carifta Swimming Championships which will be held this year in Nassau, the Bahamas. The swim team is made up of local and regional division champions, National Youth Awardees, National division and open record achievers, National best achievers, National outstanding overall achievers and features 12 female and 8 male swimmers. The team will be managed by Mrs Fabian Rose and Chaperone is Mrs Josette Holder. The Coaches are Eric Urdaneta and Nelson Garcia.

Alex Sobers

FULL NAME: Alex Xavier Sobers

SCHOOL: Deighton Griffith Secondary, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: NOVEMBER 13TH, 1998

AGE GROUP: 13-14

SEX: MALE

SWIM CLUB: THE ALPHA SHARKS

MAJOR RECENT ACHEIVEMENTS IN THE SPORT: Carifta 2011 four (4) medals, one gold,one silver and two bronze..Won the 11 to 12 boys’ age group champion in all  national competitions. Represented Barbados in Puerto Rico at the CCCAN Swimming Championships. Concluded the year by setting a national record in the 200 M butterfly  at the Cave Shepherd & Co Ltd Short Course National Championship in December 2011.

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To be a finalist in all of my events and to medal in at least 4 events.

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: My short term goal is to be the best male junior swimmer in Barbados and the Caribbean.

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Alexis Clarke

FULL NAME: Alexis Clarke

SCHOOL: Queen’s College, Barbados

DATE OF BIRTH: October 14th, 1998

SEX: FEMALE

AGE GROUP: 13-14

SWIM CLUB: PIRATES

MAJOR RECENT ACHEIVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:  Member of the Barbados 2011 Carifta & CCCAN Swim Teams.

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: A podium finish in the 200M Back, to make the CISC qualifying times and best times in all events.

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To compete at the highest level of swimming.

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Amara Gibbs

FULL NAME: AMARA GIBBS

SCHOOL: ST MICHAEL SCHOOL, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: APRIL 13TH 1996

SEX: FEMALE

AGE GROUP: 15-17

SWIM CLUB: TITANS AQUATIC

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:

    • NATIONAL SPORTS COUNCIL YOUTH AWARD
    • National record holder
    • Represented Barbados at the LIME Carifta Swimming Championship: 3 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze = 8 individual medals & 4 relay gold medals=12 MEDALS & established 1 age group national record.
    • Represented Barbados at the CAC Games 2010, the Youth Commonwealth Games 2011 & The Panamerican Games 2011

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  • Several times Division Champion and Most outstanding female swimmer at National events

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To medal

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To continue achieving at a high level

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Christian Selby

FULL NAME: CHRISTIAN SELBY

SCHOOL: QUEEN’S COLLEGE, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: MARCH 27TH 1997

SEX: MALE

AGE GROUP: 13-14

SWIM CLUB: PIRATES

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:

  • NATIONAL SPORTS COUNCIL YOUTH AWARD
  • THE BARBADOS AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION’S MOST OUTSTANDING JUNIOR & SENIOR MALE SWIMMER FOR THE YEARS 2010 & 2011
  • National record holder
  • Represented Barbados at the LIME Carifta Swimming Championship: 1 gold, 1 bronze
  • Also represented Barbados at CISC and CCCAN Swimming Championships
  • Several times Division Champion and Most outstanding male swimmer at National events

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To medal in all events

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To continue achieving at a high level

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Christopher Courtis

FULL NAME: CHRISTOPHER COURTIS

SCHOOL: LAKEFIELD COLLEGE SCHOOL, CANADA

DATE OF BIRTH: February 13, 1994

SEX: MALE

AGE GROUP: 15-17

SWIM CLUB: TRENT SWIM CLUB, CANADA

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:

  • Established long course Barbados National records in the 9-10 age group in 100 M butterfly, 200 M backstroke, 400 M IM and short course in the 200 M butterfly.
  • Represented Barbados at CARIFTA, CISC & GOODWILL SWIM MEET
  • Established a long meet record in the 1500 M freestyle in Jamaica
  • Canadian Junior and Senior Provincial Qualifier 2011/2012
  • CARIFTA & CISC participant

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To make finals in all three backstroke events and gain a medal

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To continue achieving at a high level

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Damon St. Prix

FULL NAME: DAMON JAQUON ST. PRIX

SCHOOL: COMBERMERE, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: MAY 8TH 2000

SEX: MALE

AGE GROUP: 11-12

SWIM CLUB: THE ALPHA SHARKS

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:

  • AGE GROUP CHAMPION FOR 4 CONSECUTIVE YEARS 8 & UNDER & 9-10 AGE GROUPS IN ALL MEETS ATTENDED.
  • THE BARBADOS AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION’S MOST OUTSTANDING JUNIOR MALE SWIMMER FOR THE YEAR 2011
  • NATIONAL SPORTS COUNCIL YOUTH AWARDEE FOR 2 CONSECUTIVE YEARS 2010 & 2011 & EMERGING YOUTH SWIMMER FOR 2010
  • MOST OUTSTANDING JUNIOR MALE & AGE GROUP CHAMPION AT THE BASA LONG COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2012

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To achieve personal best times and to win my first Carifta medal.

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To compete at the Olympic Games

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Deandre Small

FULL NAME: Deandre K. S  Small

SCHOOL: Sagemont High School, USA

DATE OF BIRTH: JANUARY 26, 1996

SEX: FEMALE

AGE GROUP: 15-17

SWIM CLUB: DAVIE NADADORES, USA

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVMENTS: Meeting the standards to represent Barbados at the Carifta Swimming Championships.

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To post best times in all events entered

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To reach my full potential

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Hannah Gill

FULL NAME: HANNAH GILL

SCHOOL: Queen’s College, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: June 29, 1999

SEX: FEMALE

AGE GROUP: 11-12

SWIM CLUB: PIRATES

RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS: National record holder 11-12 age group in the 800 M Freestyle, achieved at recent BASA Long Course National Swimming Championship.

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To achieve best times in each of the 7 events I will be swimming and to make finals and contribute to the final medal count.

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To continue to represent Barbados at regional meets and in time travel further abroad to compete at a higher level.

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Jack Kirby

FULL NAME: Jack Kirby

SCHOOL: St Winifred’s, Barbados

DATE OF BIRTH: July 24, 2000

SEX: MALE

AGE GROUP: 11-12

SWIM CLUB: PIRATES

MAJOR ACHEIVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:

  • 10 and under Age Group Champion FLA International Invitational Meet 2011, USA
  • Established 7 Barbados National records.

GOAL FOR CARIFTA 2012: To medal in the Backstroke events at Carifta 2012

GOAL FOR SWIMMING: To compete at the Olympic Games.

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Kai Proverbs

FULL NAME: KAI MICHAELA PROVERBS

SCHOOL: St. Ursula’s, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: April 14, 1998

SEX: FEMALE

AGE GROUP: 13-14

SWIM CLUB: PIRATES

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:

  • Gold medalist in the 200 M Breaststroke- at THE BASA LONG COURSE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 & 2011, at the ASATT INVITATIONAL T&T, 2011 & The CAVE SHEPHERD & CO LTD SHORT COURSE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • Represented BARBADOS at the GOODWILLSWIM MEET , 2011

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012:  To Medal in the breaststroke events

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To represent Barbados at the Olympics

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Kendi Bynoe

FULL NAME: KENDI BYNOE

SCHOOL: HILL TOP PREPARATORY SCHOOL, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: 30TH OCTOBER, 2000

SEX: FEMALE

AGE GROUP: 11-12

SWIM CLUB: THE ALPHA SHARKS

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:

  • 9-10 AGE GROUP CHAMPION IN THE SHORT & LONG COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, The Goodwill Swim Meet 2011.
  • Long & Short Course national record holder in the 100 & 200 M butterfly events, 25 M breaststroke
  • MOST OUTSTANDING JUNIOR FEMALE SWIMMER AT THE 2011 CAVE SHEPHERD & CO LTD SHORT COURSE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP
  • MOST VALUABLE FEMALE SWIMMER AT THE 2011 GOODWILL SWIM MEET

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To medal in all events.

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To represent Barbados at the Olympic Games

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Kent Mullins

FULL NAME: KENT KRISTIAN RHYSE MULLINS

SCHOOL: HARRISON COLLEGE, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: 26TH AUGUST 1999

SEX: MALE

AGE GROUP: 11-12

MAJOR RECENT ACHEIVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:

    • GOLD MEDALLIST IN THE BASA LONG COURSE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP 2012

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  • GOLD MEDALLIST AT THE 2009 GOODWILL SWIM MEET – GUYANA
  • SECOND PLACED AGE GROUP CHAMPION 11-12 AGE GROU – ASATT INVITATIONAL 2012

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: TO SWIM PERSONAL BEST TIMES IN ALL EVENTS AND TO ACHIEVE INDIVIDUAL MEDALS IN 50 M BREAST, 50 M FLY AND 200 M BREAST STROKE EVENTS

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: CONTINUE TO REPRESENT MY COUNTRY AT MAJOR INTERNATIONAL MEETS

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Kimberley Willoughby

FULL NAME: KIMBERLEY SIMONE WILLOUGHBY

SCHOOL: COMBERMERE SCHOOL, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: MARCH 21, 1997

SEX: FEMALE

AGE GROUP: 13-14

SWIM CLUB: SILVER FINS

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT: Member of the record-breaking, gold medal 4×200 freestyle relay team at the 2011 LIME CARIFTA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS;  Member of the Barbados team for The CCCAN Swimming Championships, 2011. & a member of the Barbados Swim Team for Carifta 2012.

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To post personal best times and to medal in the 100m  and 200m breaststroke events.

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To make the qualifying standard for the Youth Olympic Games in 2014.

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Lee-Ann Rose

FULL NAME: Lee-Ann Marie Ashley Rose

SCHOOL: Queen’s College, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: 24th December, 1994

AGE GROUP: 15-17

SEX: FEMALE

SWIM CLUB: TITANS AQUATIC

MAJOR RECENT ACHEIVEMENTS IN THE SPORT: Represented Barbados at the CAC Games 2012, Puerto Rico, The Inaugural Youth Olympic Games 2010 Singapore & the Youth Commonwealth Games 2011 Isle of Man.

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: “I’ll swim my heart out to get as close to Olympic “A” times as possible and enjoy my very last Carifta!”

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: The greatest achievement for me would be to qualify to swim in a final at the Olympics.

Luis Sebastian Weekes

FULL NAME:  Luis Sebastian Weekes

SCHOOL: Harrison College, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: April 10th, 2000

SEX: MALE

AGE GROUP: 11-12

SWIM CLUB: PIRATES

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT: Represented Barbados at Goodwill Swim Meet in Trinidad in August 2011; Was Victor Ludorum at Harrison College’s Swim Meet in 2011 as a First Former; Was age group champion at the Dolphins Swim Meet in Trinidad in December 2011

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To win medals in the 200 M IM, 200 M BreastStoke and the 200 M Butterfly events and to help the boys’ 11-12 age group to win all of the relays

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To compete at the Olympics games and to win a gold medal

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Matthew Courtis

FULL NAME: MATTHEW COURTIS

SCHOOL: KELLY COLLEGE, UK

DATE OF BIRTH: MAY 4, 1995

SEX: MALE

AGE GROUP: 15-17

SWIM CLUB: KELLY COLLEGE, UK

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:

  • Established Barbados national records as follows:
    • 8 & under-200 M free, 200 SCM IM;
    • 9-10: 800 M free, 200 SCM back, 200 SCM breast, 200 M freestyle.
    • 11-12: 400 SCM IM, 400 M IM
    • 15-17: Current national record holder in 1500 SCM free and 800 SCM freestyle
  • Represented Barbados at CARIFTA, CISC & THE GOODWILL Swim Meet
  • City of Plymouth: 15yrs old: Established 6 records; 16 years old-6 records
  • Kelly College: 15 yr old: 800 M free record; 16 yr old 200 SCM butterfly record
  • Medalist Scottish Nationals 2011
  • Medalist CARIFTA & CISC
  • Represented Barbados at the Youth Commonwealth Games 2011

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To medal in the 400 M

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Reanna James

FULL NAME: REANNA JAMES

SCHOOL: QUEEN’S COLLEGE, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: JULY 5, 2000

SEX: FEMALE

AGE GROUP: 11-12

SWIM CLUB: THE ALPHA SHARKS

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT: Achieved 5 silver & 2 bronze medals at the recent BASA Long Course National Swimming Championship. Participated at the Aquatic Centre International & ASATT Invitational meets.

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To achieve personal best times and to help my team achieve medals in the relay events.

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To continue achieving at a high level

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Sariyah Sherry

FULL NAME: SARIYAH SHERRY

SCHOOL: HARRISON COLLEGE, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: NOVEMBER 11, 1998

SEX: FEMALE

AGE GROUP: 13-14

SWIM CLUB: THE ALPHA SHARKS

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:

  • NATIONAL SPORTS COUNCIL YOUTH AWARD 2011 FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN 2011
  • Achieved 11 gold medals at 2011 Scotia Bank Long Course National Championship, Age group 11-12 champion & the Most outstanding Junior Female Award.
  • Represented Barbados at the LIME Carifta Swimming Championship achieved 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals while medaling in all events and was division champion.
  • Competed at the FLA Swimming Championship achieved 4 gold & 2 silver and was the 11-12 Division Champion.
  • Victrix Ludorum at the Harrison College School sports.
  • Won the Division Champion at the Powerade Secondary Schools’ Interschool Swimming Championships securing 5 gold medals in the process.
  • Won Division Champion at the Chefette Stingrays Sprint meet and the FINA High point award achieving 7 gold medals.
  • Won Division Champion at the Cave Shepherd & Co Ltd Short Course National Swimming Championship with 12 gold medals, established a record in the 100 & 200 SCM freestyle events.
  • 2012: Age Group Champion at the BASA Long Course National Swimming Championship

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To medal

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To continue achieving at a high level

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Tiffany Titus

FULL NAME: Tiffany Gabrielle Titus

SCHOOL: Harrison College, Barbados

DATE OF BIRTH: April 5, 1999

SEX: FEMALE

AGE GROUP: 11-12

SWIM CLUB: The Alpha Sharks

MAJOR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SPORT: Qualified in 9 events for CARIFTA 2012 and 7 events for CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships) 2012. Age group champion – The BASA Long Course National Championship 2012. Achieved 5 gold medals & 1 bronze at the 33ème CRITERIUM DES SQUALES 2012 in Guadeloupe; 4 silver and 2 bronze medals at the ASATT Invitational 2011 in Trinidad; 2nd placed age group champion at the Cave Shepherd & Co Ltd Short Course National Championship and the Chefette Stingrays Sprint meets in 2011; Age group champion at the Goodwill swim meet in Trinidad in 2011.

OTHER ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS: 1st place in 800 M and 2nd place in 1500 M at the Harrison College house sports.

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: To give my best and to medal in all of my races and to help my team medal in all relays.

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: To show continued improvement year after year and obtain a swim scholarship; To represent Barbados at the Olympics.

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Zabrina Holder

FULL NAME: ZABRINA HOLDER

SCHOOL: THE ST.MICHAEL SCHOOL, BARBADOS

DATE OF BIRTH: 16TH NOVEMBER 1996

SEX: FEMALE

AGE GROUP: 15-17

SWIM CLUB: THE ALPHA SHARKS

MAJOR RECENT ACHEIVEMENTS IN THE SPORT:

  • NOMINATED FOR A NATIONAL AWARD-SENIOR SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR 2010 & 2011
  • WON THE AWARD FOR THE MOST OUTSTANDING SENIOR FEMALE AT THE BASA LONG COURSE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP & WELL AS AGE 15-17 CHAMPION.
  • ESTABLISHED 2 NEW NATIONAL RECORDS IN THE 100 FLY AND 200 IM
  • REPRESENTED BARBADOS AT THE YOUTH COMMONWEALTH & CAC GAMES

GOALS FOR CARIFTA 2012: MY GOALS FOR THIS YEAR ARE TO MEDAL IN ALL MY EVENTS AND ESTABLISHED NEW NATIONAL & MEET RECORDS IN THE PROCESS.

GOALS FOR SWIMMING: TO CONTINUE IMPROVING MY TIMES TOWARDS MY QUEST TO QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES

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