Oliver Go­bat IM Strong Sharks Swim Meet a suc­cess

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Satur­day June 16 could well have been Fa­ther’s Day one day early by all ap­pear­ances as cel­e­bra­tions broke out at the Rod­ney Heights Aquatic Cen­tre where Sharks were host­ing their first ever Swim Meet, the Oliver Go­bat IM Strong Sharks Meet. The event saw many fa­thers in at­ten­dance to sup­port their swim­mer, some go­ing even fur­ther by vol­un­teer­ing their time to man the BBQ grill as ex­cite­ment grew through­out the meet.

Sharks con­grat­u­late Ed­die Hazel, the new Pres­i­dent of SLASA, on giv­ing his first ad­dress to the swim­ming fra­ter­nity at the meet, which served as a re­minder that “we must all work to­gether to have suc­cess in our sport”.

The meet was spon­sored by the Oliver Go­bat Sports Fund which has been in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of sports in Saint Lu­cia from the on­set of the fund and has sup­ported the de­vel­op­ment of swim­ming in Saint Lu­cia. Many spon­sors came on board as part­ners in the meet that was en­joyed by swim­mers and spec­ta­tors alike. “So much so that we look for­ward to the 2018 ver­sion with the same spon­sors be­ing an in­te­gral part of mak­ing that meet an­other suc­cess story,” an of­fi­cial said.

What a day it was for the Sharks fam­ily host­ing the meet and pro­vid­ing the meals that kept the hun­gry fans and fa­thers there. Sharks must be praised for the out­stand­ing work done to achieve such a suc­cess­ful meet on their first at­tempt. There were so many prizes for fa­thers to win just by dip­ping into the magic jar, and even Coach Dave won a prize!

At last weekend’s meet, Saint Lu­cia’s best swim­mers through­out the clubs and age groups chal­lenged each other to see who could swim the fastest and win the medals which, on tak­ing a closer look, seemed to be col­lec­tors’ items. This had to be a first in Saint Lu­cia sports.

At the con­clu­sion of the meet when the scores were tal­lied, Sharks stood proud atop the podium with 534 points, Sea Jays were sec­ond with 371 and Light­ning Aquat­ics third with 306 points.

The Sharks swim­mers swam to 27 gold, 18 sil­ver and 10 bronze medals.

Coaches Andy Ed­ward, Ab­bie Pul­tie and David Peterkin said they saw a marked im­prove­ment in the 9 to 10 and in the eight and un­der swim­mers with many of them medalling for the first time; good news for the fu­ture of swim­ming.

Win­ners of the fastest In­di­vid­ual med­ley tro­phies were Katie Kyle (200m IM fe­male), Ter­rel Mon­plaisir (200m IM male), Jas­mine Stiede (100m IM fe­male), Ther­ron Herelle (100m IM male).

Jay­han Od­lum Smith from the Sea Jays Swim Club was the only record breaker at the meet, set­ting a new record in the 50m But­ter­fly.

Over­all, there were so many great swims that coaches were happy with, and to name them would take an­other page! To all the medal win­ners: Con­grat­u­la­tions! We salute your many ef­forts in the pool and look for­ward to you charg­ing for­ward in the OG IM Strong Sharks Meet 2018 to once again get your col­lec­tors’ item medals.

Sharks thank all the clubs that took part in the meet in­clud­ing the Boys Train­ing Cen­tre team and wish them suc­cess with their fu­ture de­vel­op­ment.

Swim­mers with the Sharks club on the podium at Satur­day’s Swim Meet.

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