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One of Saint Lucia’s leading corporate citizens, LIME, has stepped up to the plate to assist the island’s up-and-coming athletes.
The company is partnering with the Sea Jays Legends Swim Club to provide support to the club’s young swimmers who are hard at work preparing for the Commonwealth Youth Games scheduled to be held in Saint Lucia in 2017.
The Sea Jays Legends Swim Club is one of the longest established swim clubs in Saint Lucia, with over forty swimmers ranging in age from 5-17 years. Competing locally and regionally, the club has been well represented on Saint Lucia national teams at CARIFTA Swim Championships and Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Championships, where Saint Lucia won in 2011 and 2012.
LIME, in collaboration with LIME TV content providers LORAC Communications, is providing Sea Jays with a cash contribution, T-shirts and other paraphernalia for the swimmers, and direct support for upcoming meets.
LIME and LORAC have co-sponsored other initiatives in the past, including providing support to the Tiger Tennis competition and the Dynamic Kids junior carnival band.
“Sport is dear to the hearts of Saint Lucians, and the athletic prowess of our youths has often been a great source of pride to us as a nation,” said Chris Williams, LIME Saint Lucia General Manager. “This is more than a sponsorship, it’s an investment in the future of the up-and-coming stars of the Sea Jays Legends Swim Club to help enhance their athletic development and personal growth,” Chris added.
Dr. Tessa Monrose-Peter, president of Sea Jays said, “We are very grateful to LIME for their generous support. Sea Jays has been a breeding ground for top-class swimmers – a place where many young stars are born, and are helping to gain world recognition for Saint Lucia. LIME’s sponsorship will go a long way in helping to develop them into Olympic calibre athletes who can bring us great pride.”
One of the Sea Jays swimmers expected to vie for gold in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games is 11-year-old Ethan Dyke-Elliott, who holds 17 national age group records. Sea Jays has also been home to two-time Olympian, Danielle Beaubrun, and Thalia Bergasse, a senior female swimmer who has been nominated to participate in the Nanjing Youth World Championships scheduled for August 2014.