The Suriname Swimming Federation is all set to host the 25th Edition of the Goodwill Swim Meet from Friday 16 to Saturday 17th August 2019. The National Federations of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas and Grenada have all been invited to compete.
As host country, Suriname has also extended an invitation to the National Federations of Jamaica, French Guyana and Curacao to be the Guest Teams for the special 2019 edition.
The meet will be held at the swimming pool of VOS, Paramaribo, Suriname, where the 25 meter and six-lane pool will be equiped with automatic timing equipment with one back up button on each lane.
Being a developmental meet and giving swimmers the opportunity to make their mark, swimmers who participated in the Carifta, CCCAN, CONSANAT Swimming Championships or higher competitions during 2019 are not eligible to compete.
The Saint Lucia Aquatics Federation (SLAF) shortlisted a total of thirty-two swimmers. Due to various circumstances including family travel commitments and finances not forth coming to fund the cost of the trip, eight swimmers have committed to participate.
The Goodwill Team members are as follows: eight years and under, Kayla MariseInglis, Aaron Charles and Noah Dorville, 9 – 10 years old Fayth Jeffery and Damari Maxwell, 11- 12 years old Hannah Christopher, Maliyah Henry and Jonus Sylvester. They will all take the plunge in an attempt to earn a spot on the podium finish.
The team will be accompanied by Karetta Charles – Team Manager and John Mc Lennon – Coach.
SLAF with the parents of the swimmers continue to work towards raising the necessary funds associated with the teams travel to Suriname.
Meanwhile, all heats will be timed finals.
FINA rules in effect at the time of the competition shall apply.
Note especially FINA Rule SW 4.4 – Any swimmer starting before the starting signal has been given shall be disqualified.
Starts maybe over the top in the freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly events with exception of the 50 M events at the discretion of the Meet Referee.