Saint Lucia’s rising star Antoine Destang was in record-breaking form again.
This time during the NYAC Cup swim meet held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Canada from November 1-3.
Antoine’s father, Sanovnik Destang, revealed on Facebook on Sunday that his son broke nine Saint Lucia age group records.
He said: “Another fantastic weekend of Swimming for Antoine this time at the very competitive NYAC Cup. Antoine won all nine of his races and also had nine personal bests and broke nine St. Lucia Age Group Records for 10 and Under. He did all this while battling the flu (#winteriscoming) and adjusting to the much shorter time frames in between races that is common in North American meets.”
Last month, Antoine broke the 13-year-old Ontario provincial age group record for the men’s 50-metre butterfly, recording 29.44 seconds to take gold. The previous record was 29.82, set in 2006.
Sanovnik, the executive director of the locally-owned and family-operated Bay Gardens hotel group, heaped praises on his son’s coaches in Saint Lucia.
“I can’t thank his coaches in St. Lucia enough …. for giving him such a strong foundation and fundamentals to allow him to propel himself to the next level. Antoine isn’t one to dwell on his successes though and is already thinking about the OECS Swim Championships in St. Vincent next week!” he said.
The NYAC Cup is an annual invitational meet for age-group swimmers, hosted by the North York Aquatic Club (NYAC).
According to the club’s website, “NYAC is a pre-competitive and competitive swim club in the City of Toronto, Canada, offering high quality coaching, technique instruction and conditioning for all ages”.
“Our goal is to provide every member the opportunity to improve his or her skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to international competitor,” the website states.