Barbados will have a full team of 40 swimmers participating in the five-nation Goodwill Swim Meet which takes place at the Aquatic Centre, Wildey this weekend August 16 to 18.
Defending champions Trinidad & Tobago and 2010 winners Suriname also boast full complements and will be heating up the water at the Aquatic Centre as the Barbados team hope to benefit from the support of the home crowd to improve their standing on this occasion.
With the inclusion of a few swimmers who have previously represented Barbados at other regional and international meets, along with a number of seasoned Goodwill campaigners, expectations are high that the team will produce Barbados’ best showing to date. Although not boasting a full team Guyana will also be seeking to improve on last year when the meet was held there. St. Lucia will be participating as the guest team on this occasion.
Host for the second time, the first being in 2009, the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association and the other competing federations consider this competition as one of the major events for swimming development in the region. It is now regarded as the nursery for future CARIFTA swimmers as well as the launching pad for future international swimmers.
This meet ensures that junior swimmers are afforded the opportunity to test their mettle and potential against their regional counterparts. To date, Barbados’ highest place in the Goodwill meet has been third, behind powerhouses Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.
In 2011 the team amassed 75 medals 25 of which were gold, established 10 age group records and secured four of the age group champions.
Action kicks off on Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday respectively the competition starts at 9 a.m.
Team: Age eight & under — Aza Dunwoody, Kayla Renwick, Keilani Talma, Ti-juana Welch, Christopher Pollard, Kai Trotman, Diego Dulieu, Zachary Taylor.
Age nine & under – Danielle Titus, Ashley Weekes, Kayla Smith, Nkosi Dunwoody, McCallum Clarke, Britney McCollin, Taj Gulstone, Niel Skinner.
Age 11 to 12 — Michelle Willoughby, Gabrielle Dupigny, Margaux Harvey-Read, Reanna James, Lamar Mayers, Jumar Waldrond, Nathan James, Zari Hinds.
Age 13 to 14 — Kai Proverbs, Amber McKenzie, Tara Piggott, Davia Graham, Kent Mullins, Jelani Forde, Nicholas Hall, Leo Bernhardt.
Age 15 to 17 — Kimberley Willoughby, Vanessa-Ann Keany, Autumn Wharton, Jade Searles, Gabriel Gunby, Jonathan Pile, Joshua Coles, Marius Bernhardt.
The coach is Antonio Petrolanda.