|BSSS at BASA SC Swim Meet|
On the 5th to the 10th of December 2017, four Black Sands Swim Squad swimmers competed in the Barbados Short Course National Swimming Championships, bringing home a total of 18 medals.
It was a “Perfect 10” for SVG’s future CARIFTA contender Eltonte Leonard, who swam himself to a total of “TEN” gold medals. Leonard dominated the boys 9-10yrs age group in every race, setting personal best times and SVG national records along the way.
In the 200 meter freestyle he demolished the competition, finishing first and over 15 seconds ahead of the second place Bajan swimmer. By the end of the competition Leonard had won himself a total of 11 medals (10 gold 1 silver) and has now achieved CARIFTA qualifying times in 50m Butterfly and the 50m and 100m Freestyle.
|Jamie Joachim & Caitlin Polius|
The OECS Swimming Championships are an annual event featuring countries from the OECS with competitive Swimming programs. The 27th annual OECS event was held in St Lucia November 10th to 12th, 2017. Thanks to financial assistance from the SVG National Lottery, FLOW, Scotiabank, CGM Gallagher and the SVG Olympic Committee, St Vincent and the Grenadines sent a team of 25 swimmers and 2 coaches to this event.
SVG continues to improve by almost every measure in competitive swimming. We continue to get closer to the other islands. However, we have the smallest team of about 25 swimmers while the other countries have about 35 swimmers. As a result we are not yet competitive in the team scores part of the competition. However, in the individual swimmer results, we continue to see terrific results.
|BSSS at 2017 CGM OECS Sprint Challenge|
45 Vincentian swimmers represented Black Sands Swim Squad at the 2nd CGM OECS Sprint Challenge, held at the Shrewsbury Aquatic Centre on the 29th and 30th September 2017. This event was the last opportunity for swimmers to qualify for the 2017 OECS Swimming Championships which will be held in St Lucia later this year.
The Black Sands Swim Squad came away with a flurry of medals and personal best times. 20 swimmers successfully made the 2017 OECS team selection winning A total of 151 medals, including 66 gold, 53 silver and 32 bronze.
|Alex Joachim smashing records|
St Vincent and the Grenadines swimmer Alexander Joachim competed at 2017 Thunderbolts May Grand Prix Swimming Championships held at the Canada Games Complex in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada from May 26th to 28th, 2017. The Grand Prix featured in excess of 380 swimmers representing 15 swim clubs from Canada and the USA.
Alex emerged as the overall age group champion in the age 13 to 14 category. He is the only male Vincentian swimmer to be a multiple medalist at CARIFTA and also a multiple medalist at the Caribbean Championships (CISC). This was Alex’s second outing, competing at a major Canadian swimming championships. He had great success in his previous event where he swam as a 13 year-old. This Thunder Bay Grand Prix is his first swim competition after turning 14 year-old; he swam and competed in the 13 to 14 year-old age category.
|BASA 2017 Team|
Four swimmers from St Vincent’s and the Grenadines Black Sand Swim Squad competed in the 26th Annual Invitational Swim Meet in Barbados from 19th- 21st May, bringing home a flurry of medals and breaking national records.
Competing in the 8 years and under category was 6 year old Eltonique Leonard, who swam personal best times in all of her events and managed to swim herself to 6th position in the 50m backstroke against 34 other strong competitors.
St Vincent and the Grenadines’ CARIFTA record holding swimmer Shné Joachim continued her amazing streak of medal winning performances at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships held in the Bahamas April 15th to 18th, 2017.
This year’s performance was truly outstanding given that Shné fractured her wrist five weeks earlier and had the cast removed only the day before the CARIFTA Championships started. This severely limited her training and preparation. Shné has now won medals at the CARIFTA level for five consecutive years and in over three different age groups.
Swimmers: Nikolas Sylvester, Aaron Defreitas, Bryson George, Alex Joachim and Mya Defreitas also represented SVG. All athletes improved on some of their previous performances.
|BSSS 3rd at 18thRHAC|
On the 6th – 10th April 2017 , 21 swimmers from St Vincent’s Black Sands Swim Squad competed in the 18th Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre (RHAC) invitational swim meet, smashing records and bringing home medals and trophies.
This highly competitive swim meet hosted 27 clubs from across the region and as far as New York City and had more than 300 swimmers taking part.
|Dillion and Nikolas|
Nine swimmer from St Vincent’s Black Sands Swim Squad competed in the Barbados National Swimming Championships from 9th to 12th March 2017, bringing home more medals to add to their collection.
Olympian, Nikolas Sylvester added two gold medals to his collection, winning both the 100 meters Breaststroke and Backstroke. Dillon Gooding and Alex Joachim swam themselves onto the medal podium, winning two silver and three bronze medals. Throughout the event Gooding achieved eight personal best times and Joachim five.
Aaron Defreitas swam three personal best times and won himself two silver medal and Bryson George came away with one bronze medal and six personal best times.
Two SVG swimmers are competing at the Prairie Winter international Swim meet in Winnipeg. This meet consists of 550 of the best swimmers from all over Canada and more than 30 Swim clubs. SVG’s Carifta record holder and Caribbean Island Swimming Champion Shne Joachim represented her current Canadian swim club, Oakville Aquatics. Shne’s younger brother, Alex, represented local SVG club Black Sands Swim Squad (BSSS). Alex is the only male Vincentian swimmer to be a multiple medallist at Carifta and also a multiple medallist at the Caribbean Championships. Both swimmers performed well at this high level meet but it was Alex’s turn to outshine his more famous sister.
Swimming in the 50M Breast stroke, Shne Joachim has placed first, winning gold in a time of 33.33s. This time is the second best time in Canada for 16 year-olds in this event. Alex Joachim has also won gold in the 50 Breast in a time of 34.41s, the second best in Canada among 13 year-olds. Alex has also placed third winning a bronze medal in the 200 meter individual medley. He would be ranked 11th in the 200IM in Canada for his age group.
|Black Sands Swin Squad at SAC Scotiabank Invitational 2017|
Black Sands Swim Squad retained their dominance in swimming excellence as its forty nine competing swimmers won the Top Club Trophy at the third Scotia Bank Invitational swim meet held at Shrewsbury Aquatic Centre from 10th to 12th February 2017.
Boys Joshua Weinhardt (1 Silver, 4yrs), Aaron Laidlow (5yrs),Benjamin Cyrus (1 Gold, 6yrs), Joseph Hadley (7yrs), Liam Hadley, Chayse Roberts (3 bronze) and Ethan Balcombe (8yrs) and girls Eltonique Leonard (5 Gold, 6yrs), Amara Eudovique (1 Bronze) and Kathryn Cumberbatch (3 silver and 3 bronze, 8yrs) formed part of the team swimming in the 8 years and under category with each swimmer achieving personal best times.
|Mya DeFreitas and Jamie Joachim|
Five Young Vincentian Swimmers won 1 gold, 11 silver and 4 bronze medals at the annual Barbados Short Course Swimming Championships from 6th to 11th December.
The performances of two members of the team qualified them for next year’s CARIFTA Swimming Championships in the Bahamas in April.
Mya De Freitas of the Black Sands Swim Club won silver in the 400-metres Girls Freestyle 11-12 age-group with a time of 5 minutes, 17 seconds.
|FINA Team: Kyle Dougan, Aaron DeFreitas, Cruz Halbich, Shne Joachim and Cathy Pardy|
Swimming in the 13th FINA Swimming Championships SVG was well represented by Shne Joachim, Cruz Halbich and Aaron DeFreitas. Winning her heat in the 50M Breast; Shne Joachim finished an impressive 37th overall out of the 80 world class swimmers entered in the event. Both Cruz and Aaron earning Personal Best times in some of their events.
|St. Vincent & the Grenadines Swim Team|
The 26th Annual OECS Swimming Championships were hosted by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Swimming Federation at the Shrewsbury Aquatic Centre (SAC) for the first time from November 10th to 13th inclusive.
This year the Championships featured over 180 swimmers from Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Martinique, St Lucia and SVG. St Martin (French) and Sint Maarten (Dutch) also competed this year as guest team. This is the first year Martinique entered as a competitive team. With all of these participants, the result was the largest ever OECS Swimming Championships.
|SVG’s Swim Team|
The OECS Swimming Championships are an annual event featuring countries from the OECS with competitive Swimming programs. The 26th annual OECS event will be held in St Vincent November 10th to 13th inclusive. The pool event will be hosted at the Shrewsbury Aquatic Centre for the first three days and the Open Water event will be held on Sunday, November 13th at Villa Beach.
This year the Championships feature Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Martinique, St Lucia and SVG. St Martin and Sint Maarten will also compete this year as guest team. This is the first year Martinique will be entered as a competitive team.
The Titans Aquatic International swim meet was held at the Barbados Aquatic Centre, Oct. 2013, with 10 Black Sands Swim Squad swimmers competed at the event, which hosted many other highly competitive swimmers from throughout the region.
Black Sands swimmers brought back 22 medals at the end of the threeday, highly competitive event, with youngster Alex Joachim leading the way by winning 11 of the 22 medals. Joachim swam himself to top spot winning gold in the boys 11 – 12 years 100 meters backstroke in 1 minute 11.18 seconds, smashing his personal best time.
|SVG’s BLACK SANDS CHAMPIONS|
Blacks Sands Swim Squad triumphed again during a three-day fiercely competitive international swim meet held at the Shrewsbury Aquatic Center held August 26th to 28th.
The competition featured swimmers from clubs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as from Grenada, Trinidad, Barbados and St. Lucia.
The swimmers competed in various age group bracket with Black Sands Swim Squad achieving best overall swim club as well as winning best male and female team.
|SVG’s Blue Marlins team|
Twenty-one young and talented swimmers ages ranging from 5 to 13, of the Blue Marlins Swim Club demonstrated the thinking behind decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps’ “the more you dream the further you get” when they competed in the Flow Invitational at the Shrewsbury Aquatic Centre in August 26th to 28th, 2016.
Swim Clubs from Barbados, Tobago, St. Lucia, Grenada, Bequia and St. Vincent competed for medals and age group championships trophies.
|R-L: Shne Joachim, Alex Joachim, Cruz Halbich and Shane Cadogan|
St Vincent and the Grenadines competed in the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships (CISC) held in the Bahamas June 27th to July 3rd, 2016. This is the next level above Carifta swimming and is the premier swimming competition in the Caribbean. This years’ events featured not only the top Caribbean swimmers but swimmers from around the world who were trying to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The competition featured more than 500 of the best swimmers from 20 Caribbean Countries including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Bermuda, Surinam, Trinidad, Barbados and the OECS islands. In addition athletes from as far away as India and Denmark competed.
|Black Sands Top OECS Club|
Thirteen Vincentian swimmers represented Black Sands Swim Squad in May at the highly competitive 25th Annual Barbados Aquatic Centre Invitational swim meet. A flurry of medals were won by the Black Sands swimmers over the three days of competition which attracted more than 19 swimming clubs from throughout the region. The awards didn’t stop at just medals for Black Sands. The club finished the competition claiming the trophy for the top OECS club and also took the third place trophy for the club with the overall highest points.
The Blue Marlins quartet comprising Adiah Phillips, Brandon George, Bryson George and Kennice Greene, accompanied by Coach Neisha Alexander, returned with eight medals from a very successful swim meet at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre Invitational (RHAC) in St. Lucia. The team placed 16th overall from a field of 25 regional clubs. The Blue Marlins swimmers’ whose average age was 9 years old, demonstrated their intent to develop into future regional contenders in the sport of swimming.
Swimmers from St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Black Sands swim club brought home 22 gold, 13 silver and 7 bronze medals and broke many meet records at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre Invitational Swim Meet held in St. Lucia on the weekend of March 31 to April 3.
Fifteen swimmers from Black Sands swim squad attended the meet, in which over 300 swimmers from numerous islands across the region Caribbean participated.
|BSSS at CGM Sprint Challenge|
Held over two days, 49 swimmers representing Black Sands Swim Squad took part in the CGM sprint challenge held at Shrewsbury Aquatic Center. The competition featured age groups from 6 and under through to 18 and over. The meet took in all of the swimming disciplines and proved highly competitive across the age group spectrum. Black Sands Swim Squad had another successful meet by being named overall club champions with numerous swimmers achieving personal best results. Debuting in their first competitive swimming event were swimmers Kiana Bailey, Isabella Bolls, Benjamin Cyrus, Aidan DeFreitas, Joseph Hadley, Liam Hadley, Noah Hadley, Scarlett Hadley, Aaron Laidlow, Anya Octave, Chayse Roberts and Nexeda Sergant.
All rose to the competitive challenge excelling at the meet with some achieving podium finishes.
Swimmers Jamie, Alex and Shne Joachim, Mya and Aaron DeFreitas, Cruz Halbich and Shane Cadogan got into medal winning mode and took on Bajan swimmers in record breaking style.
Shne Joachim destroyed the Bajan competition and swam herself into the Barbados record books by breaking the 50 metres Breaststroke record in a time of 35.03 seconds. She demonstrated that she is one of the region’s best female breaststroke swimmers and came home with three gold medals
St Vincent and the Grenadines competed in the 2016 CARIFTA Swimming Championships held in Martinique March 22nd to 26th, 2016. The competition featured more than 450 of the best swimmers from 18 Caribbean Countries including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Surinam, French Guyana, Trinidad, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Barbados.
|Shrewsbury Aquatic Center|
The Scotiabank Invitational Swim Meet was held February 12th to 14th, 2016 at the Shrewsbury Aquatic Center (SAC) in Ratho Mill. The event featured over 75 young swimmers from four swim clubs including Dolphins Swim Club from Grenada and Bequia United Swim Club. The Overall Club Champion was Black Sands Swim Squad followed in second place by Blue Marlins Swim Club.
|The CARIFTA Team: Shne Joachim, Shane Cadogan, Nikolas Sylvester, Alex Joachim,Kyle Dougan (Coach)|
St Vincent and the Grenadines competed in the 2015 CARIFTA Swimming Championships held in Barbados from April 4th to 7th. The competition featured more than 300 of the best swimmers from 20 Caribbean Countries including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Surinam, French Guyana, Trinidad, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Barbados.
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