Saint Lucia swimmers two weeks away from competing at Goodwill games

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Saint Lucia swimmers two weeks away from competing at Goodwill games
Phot credit: Star St. Lucia.
Phot credit: Star St. Lucia.
Phot credit: Star St. Lucia.

PRESS RELEASE – During the weekend of Friday, August 14th – Sunday August 16th, 2015, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the “Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (A.S.A.T.T.) will host the XXI Annual Goodwill Games at the Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence, a football academy and development suite on the outskirts of Port of Spain.

This will be the first time Saint Lucia will be competing as a member of the Goodwill Federation, and SLASA can now look forward to creating stronger alliances through more aquatic sporting endeavors with sister countries Surinam, Guyana, Barbados and T&T.

SLASA’s selection criteria can only include swimmers who have not participated in the Carifta, CCCAN, CONSANAT Swimming Championships or higher competitions during 2015. Once the eligibility list was prepared, the top 5 performing swimmers from this list in each age group were all considered, and the team was then finalized after the Technical Committee reviewed performances from the year 2015.

Goodwill serves as a great opportunity for Saint Lucia age group swimmers that want to make it to the next stage of competitive swimming, to step up and compete with some of the best swimmers in the Southern Caribbean.

Swimmers like Jammar Archibald, a 2015 CARIFTA medalist and former Goodwill Games medalist for Team Saint Lucia at the 2014 Goodwill Games, took full advantage of his opportunity. Will someone from this 2015 team be the next Jammar?

The St Lucia team comprises of our brightest young stars and some incredible talent in the CARIFTA age groups (ages 11-17). The maximum number of competitors in each age group category is 8 swimmers, up to 4 males & 4 females.

One of the brightest highlights of the Goodwill Games, is its ability to capture the magic of RELAY Events, and Saint Lucia will add to that excitement in almost every Age group category this year.

Meet the 2015 Saint Lucia Goodwill Games Swim Team:

8 & Under – (8) Swimmers

Females: Jasmine Stiede, Ali Capasso, Zoe Bernard,

Karissa Ramkhelawan

Males: Ethan Hazell, Antoine Destang, Karic Charles, Therron Herelle

9 to 10 – (8) Swimmers

Females: Raven Stiede, Jorja Mederick, Naima Hazell, Anya Hilaire

Males: Ziv Reynolds, D’ Andre Blanchard, Matheo Capasso, Kyai Taylor

11 to 12 –  (8)  Swimmers

Females: Maya Hilaire, Mikaili Charlemagne, Shalini Joseph,

Natalia Guillaume

Males: Andre Samuel, Dylan Mauricette, Yannick Layne, Allandre Cross

13 to 14 – (8) Swimmers

Females: Abbie Pultie, Mikaela Casimir, Veronica Brown, Katelin Samuel

Males: Niall Bergasse, Cavaari Taylor, Nathan Sherman, Devin Boodha

15 to 17 – (3) Swimmers

Females: (No Representatives in this category)

Males: Omar Alexander, Kavelli Francois, Daron Mauricette

The 35 member squad will be led by Head Coach Romain Roosevelt and his team of Assistant Coaches, Henry Joseph & Vanessa Eugene.

This will be coach Romains second time leading the team, and many of the 2014 team is returning this year, thus making this another try to be better together. The team will also comprise of Team Manager Lily Bergasse and a team of Chaperones, Ms. Jean Mederick, Ms. Brender Portland-Reynolds, Mrs. Jamie Steide.

Special mention must be made of Nakeaisha Louis, who was preparing to be a very competitive member of this years’ team, until she got sidelined by an injury. However, she will be back and we will look for her and this group of swimmers to emerge again when Sea Jays Swim Club host the 2015 Caprisun Saint Lucia Short Course National Championships in October.

In the meantime, SLASA wishes the swimmers, coaching team and team officials a successful training period leading into the Goodwill Games.

SLASA will follow up with the progress of Team Goodwill Saint Lucia while team training is being conducted at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre. Join us in celebrating swimmers commitment to their sport and their pursuit of excellence when they represent Saint Lucia at the 2015 Goodwill Games in mid-August.

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