Members of the Lightning Aquatics Swim Club took a moment to spend some time with the clients of the Elderly Day Care in La Clery on Friday, November 18, 2016. The main aim of the visit was to continue to teach swimmers the importance of giving back to those in society who are sometimes forgotten. The Club’s President, Mrs. Tessa Charles-Louis said, “The donation of toiletries, food items and adult diapers is a small contribution which we hope will be of use to the elderly. Often the elderly are forgotten and their contribution to society overlooked, we want our children to know that these persons paved the way for us and so we must be thankful and generous to them. This is another ‘LA Gives Back’ initiative aimed at teaching our swimmers the value of sharing”.
The donation was made just one week after four of the club’s swimmers returned from the OECS Swim Meet that was held in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from November 9-11. Naima Hazell and Naekeisha Louis, Karic Charles and Akim Ernest all performed remarkably well, achieving personal best times in many events. Naima who placed 1st overall in the 9-10 girls age group is now the holder of 7 OECS Records. At the recent meet she copped 6 gold medals (4 individual and 2 relays) and 2 silver medals, breaking 3 OECS records in the 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 100 IM. Naekeisha got 2 gold medals (relays), 2 bronze medals and she also broke the 50m breaststroke record. Both Naekeisha and Naima formed part of the girls’ 9-10 relay team with Jorga Mederick of Racers Swim Club and Anya Hillaire of Sharks, the amazing foursome won two gold medals for the relay and broke the OECS records in both events. Meanwhile, Karic Charles got two gold medals (1 individual and 1 relay) and one bronze medal. He is now the OECS record holder for the 25m breaststroke. Karic was also part of the amazing relay team that copped the gold for the 200m medley relay, that team comprised of Antoine Destang of Sharks, Therron Herrell of Racers and D’Andre Blandchard of Seajays. We also congratulate Akim Ernest because while he did not medal he got Personal Best Times in 5 of his 8 events, his most impressive performance was 100m backstroke where he improved his time by 2.43 seconds. LA Swim Club congratulates all members of the National Team who made it possible for Saint Lucia to walk away with the 3rd place trophy behind Antigua and Barbuda who came 2nd and Grenada who secured the 1st place spot. According to Mrs. Charles-Louis, “We encourage those who did not make the team to work even harder to qualify for the 2017 OECS Swim Meet which is expected to take place in Martinique. Special thanks to our amazing team of LA coaches, who work tirelessly with our swimmers”.
The team is preparing for the upcoming Grand Prix Swim Meet slated for December 2-4, 2016 at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre. Additionally, some of its swimmers are gearing up to participate in the ASATT Swim Meet in Trinidad from December 15-18, 2016. To facilitate their participation in this highly competitive meet, the public is invited to a fundraising dance dubbed “Light it up” on December 3rd at the St. Lucia Golf Club from 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost only $20 and are available at Steve’s Barbershop and UC’s in Castries as well as at New Era Travel & Business Inc. at Baywalk Mall. Food and drinks will be on sale and there will be lots of door prizes to be won.
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