Press Release:- St. Lucia Aquatics Federation was elated to have two swimmers represent Saint Lucia at the Olympics Games 2020 in Tokyo.
Under the watchful eye of the St. Lucia Olympic Committee the swimmers namely Jean Luc Zephir and Mikaili Charlemagne were chosen to be part of a delegation of athletes representing Saint Lucia. Coach Brian Charles was selected to be their accompanying coach.
July 27th, 2021, racing in Heat 3, Lane 2 was 28-year-old Zephir competing in the 100meter Freestyle. He clocked a final time of 51.94 placing overall 54th out of 71 swimmers.
July 30th, 2021, competing in Heat 5, Lane 5 was 18-year-old Charlemagne swimming the 50meter Freestyle in a time of 26.99. She recorded 49th out of 83 competitors. Charlemagne swam a personal best time and broke the National Record.
President of SLAF Eddie Hazel expressed his delight in the achievement of both the swimmers noting “As a tiny swim nation, with limited resources, the developmental and athlete support programs that have been implemented is testimony to the results we are seeing from our swimmers today.”
Whilst Saint Lucia was represented by a total of 5 athletes, Hazel further congratulated the entire contingent on their ability to showcase their talent on the biggest sporting stage in the world and flying the Saint Lucia Flag high.
SLAF continues to work with their swimmers with the hope of increasing the number of representatives through the qualifying standards at the 2024 Olympics.