Oliver Gobat IM Strong Sharks Swim Meet a success
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.