(PRESS RELEASE) – The St. Lucia Aquatics Federation hosted an Advanced Level Swimming Coaching Clinic from December 9 – 12 at the St. Lucia Olympic Committee House in La Clery. The Clinic was conducted by Ms. Stefanie Kerska.
Coach Kerska has coached swimming for the last 25 years. Stefanie is in her
fifth year with the Pioneer Men and Women as a Head Coach. She was the head coach of Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High from 1992-1995. She was the assistant coach of Women’s Swimming and Diving at the University of Michigan from 1997-2012 with head coach Jim Richardson. In 2012, College Swimming (CSCAA) named Coach Kerska the Assistant Coach of the Year. She led the Chinese Junior National Team and their coaches at an altitude camp in March 2019. For the last decade, she has served as manager for Team USA at numerous international swim competitions including 2014 Pan Pacific Championships (Brisbane, Australia) 2015 World Championships (Kazan, Russia) and the 2016 Olympic Games (Rio, Brazil).
Thirty-five persons attended the Clinic, ranging from veteran to assistant coaches as well as Physical Education and Sports Teachers. SLAF therefore is keenly poised present a cadre of well-trained personnel to spearhead its programmes for 2020.
This final clinic for the year will usher in the registration of all new FINA qualified aquatics coaches, clubs and programmes with the St. Lucia Aquatics Federation. This is in an effort to ensure that standards, quality and the safeguarding of athletes remain constant and in accordance with FINA’s mandate. As a result, SLAF will furnish to the Ministry of Education and the Youth & Sports Department a list of certified instructors and coaches who will be authorized to conduct swimming classes or sessions in schools and communities.
The final competition for the year will be the Meeting Air Caraibes – LE LAMENTIN, Martinique, which will be attended by a twenty-eight (28) member team from the Seajays Swim Club and a five (5) member team from the RR Aquatics Swim Club.