LEARN TO SWIM
IMPROVE YOUR SWIMMING TECHNIQUE
CLASES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
STARTING July 20th
ENDING August 25th
MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS DURING SUMMER
WHERE: SANDY BEACH VIEUX FORT
COACH ANDY EDWARD 384 2965/518 7815 email: andytrini_63-1@ myway.com
COACH SHERMA BERNARD 712 9690 email: email@example.com
COACH IAN FRANCIS 722 4357
COST $10.00 PER SESSION
While most sporting organizations are winding down their activities for the year the Vieux Fort based Southern Flying Fish Swim Cub (SFF) has been a hive of activity.
First their was the medal presentation ceremony for its members who won medals at the Sea Jays/Capri Sun National Trials and the 2008 OECS Swimming Championships at the Coconut Bay Resort and Spa on Friday November 28th.
Speaking prior to the start of that ceremony SFF President, Mark Cozier expressed confidence in the continued development of the club and the Saint Lucian swim programme.
Coconut Bay which allows the SFF to use its pool three days per week for its competitive swimmers and twice per week for its learn to swim programme was represented by its Operations Manager Mr. Rupesh Menon who presented the young swimmers with medals. Also presenting medals was the Guest Speaker, Mr. David Peterkin, OECS Sports Co-ordinator.
Sixty Seven medals won at the National Trials and eleven won at the OECS Swimming Championships were handed to the SFF swimmers. Heading the list of recipients was the 9-10 boys high point trophy winner from the National Trials, Mark Emmanus who also emerged as the OECS boys 50 metres fly champion. Other recipients included OECS medalist, Gabriel Marshall, and OECS representatives Tonisha Emmanus and Peter Moyston.
Mr. Cozier in his introductory remarks noted that the club which started as a and is still primarily a learn to swim club had expanded to become the largest club on island and a major force in Saint Lucian swimming. He also pointed out that most members were still in the learn to swim programme.
The function attended by parents and swimmers heard Mr. Peterkin describe the SFF as a work of love. The guest speaker encouraged the swimmers to continue this work of love.
SFF Vice President, David Moyston, delivering the vote of thanks expressed gratitude to the hosts of the function Coconut Bay for their ever increasing sponsorship of the club including jointly hosting a learn to swim instructors clinic in July this year along with the Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Association and the SFF. Also acknowledged were the SFF's primary sponsor Paradise Springs who have supported the club since its inception, Julitte's Lodge and the Tobierre family who have at various times made their pools available for the club's learn to swim programme. Mr. Moyston paid special thanks to the club's coaches headed by Andy Edward, Sherma Bernard, Hilroy Emmanus, Herbert Altenor, and Laila Contini. Special mention was made of senior swimmers Jaianee John and Tonisha Emmanus who help with the learn to swim programme and Mary "Angel" Altenor the chief organizor in Soufriere.
Next there was the SFF's annual Christmas party held at the Point Sable Beach, Vieux Fort on Saturday December 13th where swimmers and parents alike joined in the festivities which included the ever popular arrival of Santa Claus who presented the swimmers with gifts.
This is not the end of the club's activities for the year as their swimmers are preparing for the Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Association's last meet of the year, the "Last Lap Meet". SFF swimmers are trying to achieve best times at this meet which will be staged this Saturday December 20th at the Rodney Height Aquatic Centre.