(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucia Aquatics Federation held its Annual Awards Ceremony for the year 2019, this past Sunday January 26th 2020, under the theme, Dig Deep….Dream Big.
Hosting the ceremony was Mr. Jeannot Walters and Mrs. Nickler Velinor-Paul, two dedicated swim parents of the Federation.
Mr. Eddie Hazell, President of SLAF, delivered the first address confessing to swimmers that, “In 2019 we as a nation, to include, our federation, your club, your coaches and parents asked so much of you and you delivered. This is an Olympic year and most, if not everyone, is aware of the St. Lucia Aquatic Federation’s calendar of activities for 2020. As a swimmer, it is frightening and exciting at the same time.”
He also expressed his delight by noting that the confidence bug has finally hit him “I know my swimmer’s ability and potential and if I have to judge them based on 2019, then I better start smiling now!”
In attendance was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth, Development and Sports, Mr. Benson Emile, who revealed great news to the fraternity. His confirmation of the construction of a well-deserved pool for training and competition, in time for hosting Carifta 2021 in Saint Lucia was music to the ears of audience.
Mr. Francis Daniel, President and founder of the Valley Soccer Club, delivered the keynote address. His well-received message was centered on love for oneself, staying focused, disciplined, having integrity and working together as a team.
The presentations were well on its way recognizing swimmers who participated in Carifta, CCCAN, Goodwill Swim Meet, OECS Swim Championship and FINA World Championship.
Most Improved Swimmer awards went to two of the most deserving swimmers from each club.
The recipients were:
Courtney Paul and Ethan Hazell – LIGHTNING AQUATICS
Tiffani Mathurin and Brice Barker – RHAC Swim Club
Kayla Inglis Maurice and Jashawn Yarde – RR AQUATICS –
Damari Maxwell and Therron Herelle – SEAJAYS
Helen Kabiye and Leo Guilmore – SHARKS
Davyier Ferdinand and David Jn Pierre – SFF
The Stroke Awards went to swimmers who performed the best in specific strokes throughout the year.
Trophies were awarded to:
Jean Luc Zephir and Mikaili Charlemagne – Freestyle
Terrel Monplaisir and Mikaili Charlemagne – Backstroke
Terrel Monplaisir and Naima Hazel – Breaststroke
Jayhan Odlum Smith and Mikaili Charlemagne – Butterfly
Tristan Dorville and Mikaili Charlemagne – Individual Medley
Age group awards were presented to the overall top swimmers in the following age groups
8 and under Female – Helen Kabiye
8 and under Male – James Sylvester
9 – 10 Female – Fayth Jeffery
9-10 Male – Antoine Destang
11-12 Female – Caitlin Polius
11-12 Male – Tristan Dorville
13-14 Female – Naima Hazel
13-14 Male – D Andre Blanchard
15-17 Female – Mikaili Charlemagne
15-17 Male – Jayhan Odlum Smith
18 and Over Female – Siona Huxley
18 and Over Male – Jean Luc Zephir
Recognizing the remarkable contribution to the swimming community from David Peterkin, SLAF awarded him with the Pat Charles award.
The Technical Official of the Year Award went to Dr Diane Worrell.
Brian Charles from the Seajays Swim Club was recognized as Coach of the Year. His colleague Peter James was charged with delivering the Coaches’ address.
Doing it for a second consecutive year, the award for Club Administer of the Year went to Tessa Louis- Charles while the Club of the year award went to Lightning Aquatics.
Towards the end of the evening the most prestigious awards were presented.
The Overall Junior Male Swimmer of year award went to Antoine Destang and Junior Female Swimmer of the year award to Naima Hazell.
Jayhan Odlum Smith walked away with Junior Male Swimmer of the Year whilst Mikaili Charlemagne seized the Junior Female Swimmer of the Year award. Congratulations!
The generous contribution of the media and sponsors did not go unnoticed as they too were acknowledged.