St. Lucia Amateur Swimming Association held its Annual Awards Ceremony for the year 2015, this past Sunday February 7th, under the theme, Swimming, A Gateway to Opportunities.
Hosting the Ceremony was Eden Crick and Cavarri Taylor, two swim members of the association. They were ably assisted by other swim members who took charge of the afternoon’s proceedings.
President Carol Mangal expressed her gratitude to the parents and swimmers for their efforts in the past year and gave special recognition to the sponsors who assisted whenever needed. She also acknowledged the participation of Donna and Matheo Capasso and Johnathan Mc Lennon for their efforts in the OECS open water competition.
In attendance was Key Note Speaker, Fortuna Belrose, President of the St. Lucia Olympic Committee. She focused on the benefits of swimming and the impact it has had and continues to have in a swimmers life.
Also in attendance was the Hon. Emma Hippolyte, Parliamentary Representative, Dr. Anthony George, Permanent Secretary of Ministry Youth and Sports, and Mr. Alfred Emmanuel, General Secretary of the St. Lucia Olympic Committee.
The presentations were well on its way recognizing swimmers who participated in Carifta, CCCan, Goodwill Swim Meet, and OECS swim Championship.
Team Players awards from the various swim clubs were awarded to Jayhan Odlum Smith, Shalini Joseph, Jorja Mederick, Ian Spigelberg, Yannick Layne, and Yolanda Ambrose.
Most Improved Swimmers awards went to Marissa Louisy of the Sea Jays Swim Club and Kenai D’Auvergne from the Racers Swim Club.
Age group awards went to the following Swimmers
Male 8 and Under Female 8 and Under
1st Antoine Destang Allie Capasso
2nd Therron Herrelle Jasmine Stede
3rd Karic Charles Amelia Joseph
Male 9 – 10 Female 9 – 10
1st D’Andre Blanchard Naima Hazell
2nd Ziv Reynolds Jorja Mederick
3rd Matheo Caapasso Raven Steide
Male 11 – 12 Female 11 – 12
1st Terrel Monplaisir Katie Kyle
2nd Jamarr Archibald Mikaili Charlemagne
3rd Jayhan Odlum Smith Maya Hilaire
Male 13 – 14 Female 13 -14
1st Nicholas Mc Lenno n Eden Crick
2nd Devin Boodha Mikaeli Casimir
3rd Dristan Mauricette Abbie Pultie
Male 15 and Over Female 15 and Over
1st Jyasi Daniel Thalia Bergasse
2nd Christopher Phillip Christiane Beaubrun
3rd Omar Alexander Shernice Popo
Stroke Awards went to
Male Butterfly Female Butterfly
Jyasi Daniel Katie Kyle
Male Back Stroke Female Back Stroke
Jordan Augier Thalia Bergasse
Male Breaststroke Female Breastroke
Terrel Monplaisir Abbie Pultie
Male Freestyle Female Freestyle
Jordan Augier Eden Crick
Male IM Female IM
Terrel Monplaisir Eden Crick
Recognizing the tremendous contribution to the swimming community from Hilroy Emanus, SLASA awarded him with the Pat Charles award.
Jamie Peterkin from the Sharks Swim Club was recognized as Coach of the Year. He was charged with delivering the Coaches address expressing his thoughts on teamwork and why it takes a village to raise an Olympian.
The Overall Male Swimmer of year award went to Jordan Augier and Female Swimmer of the year award to Thalia Bergasse.
Terrell Monplaisir walked away with Junior Male Swimmer of the Year whilst Katie Kyle did her stepping with the Junior Female Swimmer of the Year. Congratulations!
Joyce Huxley who has served over 10 years to the swimming fraternity was presented a token of appreciation.
In August this year The Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre will be the home for the Goodwill Swim Meet. SLASA in this campaign to sensitise the public launched a logo competition amongst its swimmers. The winner of the competition was Yolande Ambrose from Southern Flying Fish.
The evening ended with the handover of hampers from the parents and swimmers of SLASA to the Lucianaid.
Slasa recognized its sponsors for 2015 to include St. Lucia National Lottery, Cage St. Lucia Ltd, St. Lucia Olympic Committee, West Indies Shipping, CGM Gallogher, Lucelec, Minvielle and Chastanet, Piton Malta agents in St. Lucia Windward and Leeward Brewery, Peter Foster, Lime, KFC, Mc Namara and Co, ECFH, Tourism Enhancement Fund, RBC, Tapion Doctors, Thaddeus Antoine, Excel Signs, Bay Gardens Hotel and the Trophy Center.