Saturday, March 28th, 2009
On Saturday 28th March the 2009 Grenada Cross Harbour swim took place. Organisers were relieved when the event was given the go ahead in the morning as weather reports had predicted rough weather. Swimmers entered from Grenada, USA, Holland ,Trinidad, Germany and the U.K. As the grey clouds cleared a field of 56 swimmers took to the Carenage and under the whistle of Omar Hughes the race started with a flurish at 2 p.m. The race followed 5 markers over a distance of 2.5 k.m. and with a sizable swell the younger athletes had to pull on all their strength to complete the swim. After 35 minutes the first swimmer was sighted off Grand Anse beach and National swimmer Martin Renwick crossed the line first in 40.07 minutes , an impressive swim considering the weather. He was closely followed by Esau Simpson in 42.54 minutes and Chris Regis in 44.21 minutes. The ladies put on an impressive performance and sisters Ayesha and Sophia Noel completed the whole swim in synchro. At the beach, taking first woman and 4th finisher was Ayesha in 44.25 minutes and Sophia 2nd woman by a toe nail in 44.26 minutes. Julia Bisschops a student at SGU finished 6th and 3rd woman in 47.11 minutes. All 56 swimmers completed the course.4th male was Trent Marshall, 5th Kahlil John with 4th female Kendra Moore, 5th Jacqueline Jodhan. Trophies for the first 5 male and female swimmers were presented by Diane Hopkin of Grenada Bottling Company, one of the main sponsors and medals to the first three finishers in age groups male and female. The youngest competitors at 11 years apiece were Oreoluwa Cherebin who finished 8th woman and 17th overall and Calum Noel finishing 9th male and 16th overall showing great determination at such a young age.
Digicel awarded the winning male and female Martin Renwick and Ayesha Noel with a handset and they also received a trophy for first Grenadian male and female finishers.
As the older swimmers recovered with BBQ and refreshments on the beach the younger group competed in a 100m swim. In the 8& Unders Gold went to Katie Lillie, Silver to Angelique Minors and bronze to Enya Noel. In 9-10 Dillion Felix took gold in the girls and Kerry Ollivierre in the boys and in 11-12 Gold went to Corey Ollivierre, silver to Calum Noel and bronze to Shawn Gabriel.
The Grenada Amateur Swimming Association would like to send its deepest thanks to both Grenada Bottling Company and Digicel for their support, the Grenada coast Guard, the Red Cross, Drs. On call Dr. Douglas Noel and Dr. Beverly Nelson, Mr. Richard
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Saturday, March 7th, 2009
On Saturday 7th March the Grenada Amateur Swimming Association hosted their first Community open water swim. The event started at the playing field in Grand Mal and saw 40 youngsters take to the slightly rough water in what proved to be two competitive races. In the junior 800m swim 15 competitors fought for supremacy. Riley Brathwaite took first place for the females closely followed by Deleon Felix 2nd and Chelsey LaTouche 3rd.. For the males 1st place was Dexter Yowching with two Grand Mal boys Shondell Cadore 2nd and Shondel Patrick 3rd. Enya Noel and Christian Warner , only 7 years each were the youngest competitors to finish. In the senior event, the 2km 25 athletes took to the waters amid cheers from their supporters.The sea picked up some rough waves during the event and swimmers had to battle for shore. Local swimmer Chris Regis won the event and took first place male trophy closely followed by Esau Simpson 2nd Male. Sophia Noel and sister Ayesha looked like a synchronized swimming team in the last 300 meters with Sophia just out running Ayesha on to the beach to take 1st female, Ayesha 2nd. TJ Clavert and Julia Bisschop from SGU took 3rd male and female respectively.
Special awards were given out to the best Grand Mal female performance – Francisca Cadore and Male performer Chris Regis.
The event was generously sponsored by local business Leslies Agency with Mr. Leslie Ollivierre assisting in presentation of the awards. His help was very much appreciated. Thanks also goes to the Grenada Red Cross and Dr. Douglas Noel who were on hand for safety and the local boats who supported the swimmers.
Nataly Regis Grenada’s head National swim coach and main event organizer was delighted with the performances of all the swimmers. The 40 swimmers are now looking forward to the next open water event , the Grenada Cross Harbour swim carded for 28th March. GASA then plans to continue the open water series in Gouyave.
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