PRESS RELEASE:-What a weekend it was at the 3rd Annual Karen Beaubrun (KB) Swim Meet held from July 8-9, 2017 at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre. The Lightning Aquatics (LA) Swim Club placed 4th out 7 clubs with 495 points as 19 of their 25 swimmers gave a spectacular performance which lead to many obtaining Personal Best Times.
Congratulations to the following age group winners – Aaron Charles came 3rd in the boys 6 & under; Annaliese Gaillard placed 3rd in the girls 7 to 8 category; Karic Charles placed 2nd in the boys 9 to 10; Naima Hazell snatched the 1st place in the girls 11 to 12 age group, while Naekeisha Louis came 2nd in that age group. Naekeisha was also named Outstanding Junior Athlete and most promising swimmer at the St. Joseph’s Convent 2017 Sports Awards. While the girls 15 & over age group saw LA’s Chloé Thomas claiming the 3rd place spot.
The boys 10 & under 200m medley relay with Liam Emmanuel, Rojan Felicien, Ethan Hazell and Karic Charles dug deep to cop the 1st place medal. For the girls 11 to 14 – 200m medley relay Angelique Gaillard, Britney Edwin, Naekeisha Louis and Naima Hazell battled to secure the 3rd place. While Naima Hazell, Courtney Paul, Aliyah Henry and Britney Edwin placed 3rd in the girls 11 to 14 – 200m freestyle relay.
Club President, Mrs. Tessa Charles-Louis said, “All our swimmers performed remarkably well, congratulations to those who obtained trophies and medals as well as to everyone who improved their times. Special mention must be made of Diandre Edwin, the most improved LA swimmer for the meet who came 8th out of 13 swimmers in the Boys 13-14 age group.” She went on to congratulate the Karen Beaubrun winners; meet host Sea Jays Legend -1st place, Sharks Swim Club – 2nd and Racers Swim Club- 3rd place.
Another highlight of the meet was the presentation of the Karen Beaubrun Award which was presented to one swimmer from each club. LA’s nominee for the KB Award was Naima Hazell because of her dedication, determination and commitment to the sport. She is respectful to coaches, swimmers and parents and despite her numerous accolades she remains humble.
Additionally, Naima must be commended for her performance at the recently held CCCAN in Trinidad and Tobago, where she swam her fastest 50m breaststroke ever of 36.49, making her the only Caribbean swimmer to qualify for the finals in that event. She also got a Personal Best in the 100m breast as she went in with 1.28.54 and swam a 1.25.43.