Swimming: LA Awards Takes Place On Saturday

The Gros islet Human Resource Centre will be the centre of attraction Saturday 5th September 2020 when the Lightning Aquatic Swim Club (LA) will stage its annual awards to recognized outstanding performers for 2019. Under the theme “We are here, making our mark with every stroke”. The 180 minutes event is scheduled to start from 5.30 p.m.

In attendance will be the President of the Saint Lucia Aquatic Federation, Eddie Hazell, Parliamentary representative for Gros Islet, Lenard Montoute; DPS in the Ministry for Youth Development and Sports, Liota Charlemagne – Mason, Director for Sports, Patrick Mathurin. The Guest Speaker, Dr. Stephen King.

LA President, Tessa Charles – Louis and Fund Raising Officer (FRO), Loyola Edwin receiving the Club for the Year award from Prime Minster, Allen Chastanet at the 40th annual Sports Awards held on February 15th, 2020.

Also in attendance will be the President for Lightning Aquatic Swim Club (LA), Tessa Charles – Louis and other executive members, nominees and a number of special invited guest media.

The VOICE spoke to LA President, Tessa Charles Louis about some of her club major highlights for 2019.

“The year 2019 was an extremely exciting and successful one for the Lightning Aquatic Swim Club, our swimmers having amazing performances at local, regional and international meets. In terms of swimmers who made national teams, we had three Carifta swimmers; three CCCAN swimmers, one swimmer at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, China, and two of our swimmers at the FINA Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary”.

LA Swim Club (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

Tessa L- Louis continued, “In terms of qualification, two of our coaches got qualified as they took training courses, including two of our parents who completed the assistant coaching programme (ACP)”.

The club continued its charity give back initiative, which is aim at helping its swimmers to become more aware of the needs of society by giving back whatever little that they have.

The theme for the programme for 2019, “LA Brings Smiles”.

According to Charles – Louis, “Under that programme we partnered with the Ministry for Equity to do a drive to provide school shoes, stationary and other items necessary for the reopening of school in 2019”.

“We also did a book drive where we donated books new and slightly used to the Central Library in Castries to help improve their stock. We gave hammers to the Mother Theresa Home at Hospital Road and to close off the close off the year we did a Christmas feeding programme with Corner Stone”. said LA President.

The likes of Naima Hazell, Naekeisha Louis, Alexandra Bristol, Aliyah Henry, Angelique Gaillard; Karic Charles and Ethan Hazell, just to name a few individuals will be amongst those vying for awards in the following categories: Swimmer’s Choice; Most Consistent; Most Improved; Most Versatile. Stroke awards: Butterfly; Breastroke; Freestyle and Backstroke; Coaches’ award, High Point winners; Swimmer for the Year male and female, junior and senior and a special award.

More details in the weekend edition of the VOICE, Saturday 5th September.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy... Read full bio...

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