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CARIFTA Swim Team Leaves on Thursday

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Andrew Hopkin, Oreoluwa Cherebin, Corey Ollivierre

On Thursday a Team of seven, will leave Grenada to compete in the 2010 CARIFTA Swimming Championship in Jamaica, from 1st to the 7th April. The team’s Coach is Miss. Nataly Regis, Assistant Coach Eduardo,the team’s Manager is Mrs. Diana Hopkin. The team members are Oreoluwa Cherebin age 11-12 years girls, Correy Ollivierre 11-12years boys, Andrew Hopkin 13-14years male and Nicholas Coard 15-17 Male.

This team had an outstanding performance at both local and international Meets for 2009-2010 and have set records some nationally and internationally.Oreoluwa, Correy and Andrew are all breaststrokers have medals to show for this. They were outstanding at the recent O.E.C.S Swim Championship last November and at the Trinidad Invitational Meet in December 2009, with gold and silver in the breaststroke.

In February they had an outstanding performance in Barbados Long Course Invitational medaling again with gold and silver in the 50m,100m and 200m breastroke. Both Oreoluwa and Correy took part in the Grenada Annual intenational Cross Habour and both placed first in their age group and came in under an hour.They were also successful in the Gouyave Open Water Swim placing first in their age group.

Nicholas Coard

Nicholas trains under Eduardo at Florida. He is sixteen years and swims in the 15-17 age group male. His best chance at medaling will be 200m back stroke in which he medalled last year and is our national record holder. He went to Rome worlds in 2009 and was the top male Swimmer for the year 2009.

This Team with the exception of Oreoluwa, this being her first time, has competed in the last CARIFTA Championship reaching finals and meddling with bronze in the backstroke.

We encourage them to go out there and represent Grenada proudly, and Grenadians please throw your support behind this strong Grenadian team by praying for them and encouraging them.

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Open Water Swim – Gouyave 2010

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Open water Start Gouyave 2010

Open water Start Gouyave 2010

Grenada Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) held it’s second Open Water Swim in the beautiful Parish of St. John at the Lance beach in Gouyave. A large group of enthusiastic young swimmers from the Parish came out to challenge the swimmers from St. George’s.

The swimmers were supported by the community and swam they hearts out. The top male and female swimmers from the community were awarded with trophies.

Open water - Gouyave 2010 - Presentation

Open water - Gouyave 2010 - Presentation

GASA would like to thank all those warm people from Gouyave who came out and supported. It was an afternoon well spent and shows Gasa’s commitment in bringing swimming to all the Parishes of Grenada.

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Swimmers Shine at Open Water Swim

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Grenadian Swimmers Shine at Open Water Swim 2010

The Carenage came alive on Saturday 13th March 2010 at 2pm when the Grenada Amateur Swimming  Association held it’s annual cross habour race. The sea was arrayed with colours of yellow, green and  orange caps as thirty nine enthusiastic swimmers dived into the clear cool Carenage water, making their way to Grand Anse  Beach, each trying to outdo the other. Our national swimmers took the lead from the beginning making it on to Grand Anse beach in under an hour,  both male and female, followed by those who were out for the fun and the experience.

At Grand Anse Beach an excited crowd of spectators, supporters and parents awaited their arrival, while enjoying the music and the delicious lunch and drinks on sale by GASA fund-raising  members in support of the CARIFTA swimmers. A loud cheer went up as Esau Simpson was spotted leading Ayesha Noel and Chris Regis to the finish on the beach, closely followed by Kahlil John. They all swam in the 13 – 19 category.

Another cheer went up again as Trent Hubbard  (20 – 29 male) , Richard Regis  (13 – 19 male)  and Julia Bisshops  (20 – 29 female) raced to the finish. Carifta  swimmer Corey Ollivierre (13 - 19 male) was hard on their heels, followed by T.J Calvert in the 20-29 male category, Clare Morrall 30-39 female category, Chinwe Oluonye 13-19 female category and Carifta swimmer Oreoluwa Cherebin in the 11-12 female category, closing the gap with the top twelve all coming in under an hour.

The final swimmer, came in at one hour and forty two minutes and forty seconds.  Well done! They all did their best, had fun and  achieved a life goal - ”Grenadian Iron Man Swim ”.

It was a wonderful time and for those who missed it, it is not too early to start training for 2011 - we accept ages 11 -100 so think about it!

GASA thank our main sponsor the Grenada Bottling Company, the Grenada Port Authority for its assistance and all those who gave donations of time, money, food, tents, tables and kayaks.

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