THE Seajays Swim Club this weekend host the third Annual Karen Beaubrun Swim Meet at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre.
The meet is scheduled to start from 9:30 a.m. and will see over 150 swimmers representing all seven swim clubs on the island competing in friendly rivalry.
According to Sue Monplaisir, one of the organizers of the Seajays Swim Club, the Meet is sanctioned by the Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Association and it’s also approved by swimming world governing body, FINA.
She said the Meet will continue to provide an opportunity for swimmers to make their best times for selection on the national team to represent Saint Lucia at the upcoming Goodwill Swim Championship scheduled in Guyana next month.
This year, the Seajays Swim Club promises to continue the legacy of their beloved coach Karen Beaubrun, who passed away in 2011 and will continue to emphasize Coach Aunty Karen’s philosophy of hard work, dedication and character development throughout the sport of swimming.
Seajays already has the distinction of being the club, which has hosted the most local swim meets over the past 15 years, including the now OECS Time Trials held in October each year.
Newly-elected Seajays President Jacqueline Odlum-Smith said she anticipates a competitive meet, filled with unity, recognition of dedication, perseverance and commitment among the clubs and swimmers.
Meanwhile, a number of the island swimmers will be on show, including Katie Kyle, Naima Hazel and Mikaili Charlemagne, all of whom will lead the charge. Also in the thick of things are Jasmine Steide, Anyka Holder, Allysia Alfred, Megan Scott, Amara Reece, Angelique and Anneliese Gaillard, Naekeisha Louis, Sunshine Mauricette, Kiana Casimir, Maya and Anya Hilaire, Marisa Louisy, Eden Crick and Chole Thomas.
The boys category includes JayhanOdlum-Smith, Terrell Monplaisir, Jamarr Archibald, Omar Alexander, Allandre Cross, Niall Bergasse, Ziv Reynolds, Karic Charles, Ethan Hazell, Kyle Ambroise, Daniel Ambler, Shaquil Flavius, Antoine Destang, Jake Kyle, TerronHerelle and D’Andre Blanchard, just to name a few who will create waves at the RHAC.
Last year, Sea Jays emerged champion with a total of 831 points, followed by Sharks with 739 points, Lightning Aquatic with 489 points and Southern Flying Fish with 290 points.