Westmorland Junior School Wins GASA Competition

CIBC FirstCaribbean is pleased to once again be title sponsor of the Grenada Amateur Swimming Association Inter-Primary School competition, having sponsored the event for the previous five years in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs.

The ministry was represented by Bruce Swan, Assistant Coordinator of Sports and Jazelle Sylvester, Communications & Marketing Officer.

As anticipated, the activity around the pool was all energy, excitement and lots of noise, as children from 7-11 years prepared for their events. Carlton Simon, Grenada’s National Swim Coach said he was, “delighted at the 292 participants registered, an increase of approximately 50 children. That kind of interest at these young ages is good news for the sport in Grenada.”

Spirits were high as the event opened and the children got ready to compete for medal positions. Organised in three different age categories: 8 and under, 9-10 years, and 11 and over, the young sports persons took part in different swim events including the freestyle, breast stroke, butterfly and backstroke, all in the hope of getting a medal and possibly setting a new record.

Swim Champions Westmorland Junior School
Nigel Ollivierre, Country Manager for CIBC FirstCaribbean and Vice President of GASA, with swim champions Westmorland Junior School

At the prizegiving ceremony, the pool area was noisy with cheers of encouragement and shouts of congratulations from the children and supporting parents. Nigel Ollivierre, Country Manager for CIBC FirstCaribbean and Vice President of the Grenada Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) presented trophies to the overall category winners, and medals to those placing 2nd and 3rd. He said, “We must take the time to acknowledge the sacrifices made by parents, schools and coaches, which allowed for the children to participate in an event such as this. We are grateful and proud to be able to support the ministry and GASA in this endeavour.”

The 2014 Swim results are:

  1. Westmorland Junior School
  2. Alpha Junior School
  3. First Choice Junior School

Individual Placement

6 & Under Female

  1. Shelby Neckles, Alpha
  2. Sarah Dowden, Grace Lutheran
  3. Kassidy Hoschtialek, Westmorland

6 & Under Male

  1. Jermaine Donald, Alpha
  2. Gabe Rais, Grace Lutheran
  3. Sean Spronk, Westmorland

7-8 Female

  1. Gabrielle Hyson, Westmorland
  2. Anaika Charles, Beacon
  3. Arian Clouden, St Mary’s

7-8 Male

  1. Parshawn Haynes, Alpha
  2. Joshua Wilson-Dumont, Westmorland
  3. Kean Hoschtialek Alpha

9-10 Female

  1. Kimberley Ince, Grenada Junior Academy
  2. Meeka Ollivierre, St Mary’s
  3. Beyonce Embleton, Alpha

9-10 Male

  1. Jaydon Hyson, Westmorland
  2. Jenebi Benoit, First Choice
  3. Coby Sylvester, Alpha

11& over Female

  1. Zurhyiah James, Happy Hill RC
  2. Geval Antoine, First Choice
  3. Malia Ramdhanny, Westmorland

11& over Male

  1. Nicholas John, Grenada Junior Academy
  2. Kris Regis, Beacon Junior
  3. Jovani John, First Choice Junior

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, GASA and most importantly the nation’s aspiring athletes look forward to next year’s event and the opportunity to hone their skills and better their own personal records.

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