Press Release:- June 9th , the St. Lucia Aquatics Federation hosted its first ever, Open Water Swim Carnival at the Pigeon Point.
37 swimmers registered swimming the 400m, 800m 1km, 3km and 5km events.
Competitors came from the following clubs: Lightning Aquatics, Southern Flying Fish, Sharks, Seajays and were joined by a few unattached swimmers.
The Meet Director Yasmin Tyson was pleased with the turn out and expects the event to be an annual one, which can strengthen the bonds of families in sport.
The event saw a diverse range of participants. Ages ranged from 8 to 63 years. Some of which included mothers and sons as well as a father daughter and son entry was truly encouraging and says a lot for the continued growth of the event.
Medals were awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in each event.
Emerging top swimmers in the 400m swim was Karetta Charles in 3rd place, Arami George in 2nd place, and Aaron Charles in 1st place.
David Jn Pierre was the only swimmer who swam the 800m.
The top three placements in the 1km event male was Ethan Hazell in 3rd place, Karic Charles in 2nd place, and D’Andre Blanchard in 1st place.
In the female category Naima Hazell in 3rd place, Mikaili Charlemagne in 2nd place, and the 1st place went to Naekeisha Louis .
Walking away with medals for the 3km event was Lorenzo Festini Cromer in 3rd place, Felix Federick in 2nd place and 1st place was Jayhan Odlum Smith. In the female category were Mildred Voon in 2nd place and Kristin Deason in 1st place.
The 5km event was a true test of endurance and not for the faint of heart. Snatching the 2nd place in the male category was Naushad Khan and Joshua Adjodha in 1st place. In the female category, Vanessa Eugene took the 2nd place and Marisa Louisy clenched the 1st place in the event.
St. Lucia Aquatics Federation intends to meet in the upcoming days to review and work on the enhancement of Open Water Swimming in Saint Lucia.
The Federation would also like to thank all parents, family and friends who assisted in making the event with its fundraising efforts a success.