Thursday, January 1st, 2009
The Grenada Amateur swimming Association is delighted to announce, and congratulate their female and male swimmer of 2008.
The swimmers were chosen on a combination of individual event top times and performances for their National team.
Top male swimmer is 18 year old Martin Renwick a past pupil of Westmorland and St. George’s University who spent much of 2008 training in Florida with coach Edwardo Fugiwara. In April 2008 at the World Championships in Manchester the change in pace was obvious with Martin breaking National records in 200m IM, 400m I.M., 200m freestyle, 50m , 100m and 200m breastroke. At the American Southern Zone Championships he went on to break National records in 100m and 200m breastroke and 400m I.M.
In July at CISC in Jamaica he was impressive with Golds in the 400m and 200m I.M. and 200m breastroke plus silver in 100m breastroke and bronze in 50m breastroke. He also placed in 5 other finals. New records were set in 50m backstroke, 50m and 100m breastroke and 200m plus 40m I.M. He also set a PANAM ‘B’ qualifying time in the 100m breastroke – 1.07.68.
At OECS in November Martin took his age group trophy with 9 individual gold medals, a silver and a bronze plus a relay gold.
Martin is at present employed at the Rex Grenada Dive shop. He is training with Grenfin Swimming club, under National coach Nataly Regis and aims to compete at CCCAN in Columbia in July 2008 and World Championships in Rome in August. He was so close to qualifying for the Bejing Olympics that he is now even more determined to qualify for London 2012.
Top female swimmer is 16 year old Sophia Noel, a student at St. Josephs Convent, St. George’s. In February 2008 she took 7 gold medals at the Barbados Long Course National and National record in 200m Backstroke. In
March at CARIFTA in Aruba she placed 6th in the 200m Backstroke finals in a new National record. In April at the Manchester Short Course World Championships as Grenadas sole female athlete she broke National records in 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke and 50m freestyle in 27.76 and was posted in the FINA world magazine for her 21st place in the 200m backstroke. In May at the Barbados Aquatic center meet she took gold in the 50m freestyle setting a new National record, with another record in 200m backstroke and a PANAM ‘ B’ qualifying time – 2.36.78.
In July at CISC in Jamaica she posted finals in all of her 6 events taking bronze medals in the 100m and 200m Backstroke and 4th in 400 I.M . She once again broke her 200m backstroke record with a second PANAM time of 2.36.09 plus records in 100m backstroke, 400 I.M. and 50m freestyle in 28.45 , the fastest female time ever recorded by an OECS swimmer.
In October she attended the Youth Commonwealth games in Pune and although catching terrible fever still broke her 100m backstroke record.
The year of swimming finished in a flurry at OECS in November where Sophia took her age group trophy with 9 individual gold medals, 2 bronze and 2 relay golds.
Sophia who is studying for CXC this year and trains with Grenfin Swimming club under coach Nataly Regis aims to attend CCCAN in Columbia in July 2009 and the World Championships in Rome in August in her training schedule aiming for the first female swimming qualifier for London 2012.