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RWB Aqua Stars hosts Anniversary Swim Meet

RWB Aqua Stars will be hosting its first swim meet on Saturday March 30th 2019 at the Centre of Excellence Macoya. The RWB Stars of Tomorrow Swim Meet targets athletes aged 19 and under who have little to no experience in swimming at competitions. Athletes who are competitive swimmers as defined by ASATT are ineligible to […]

RWB Aqua Stars will be hosting its first swim meet on Saturday March 30th 2019 at the Centre of Excellence Macoya. The RWB Stars of Tomorrow Swim Meet targets athletes aged 19 and under who have little to no experience in swimming at competitions. Athletes who are competitive swimmers as defined by ASATT are ineligible to participate.

RWB Aqua Stars was founded on April 1st 2014 with the mission to increase cadre of competent swimmers in Trinidad and Tobago. According to one of its Directors Deronn Samlalsingh, RWB Aqua Stars is proud of its achievements thus far

“Our swim meet on March 30th 2019 will be strictly for developmental swimmers as we need to continue to be a catalyst in bridging the gap between Learn-To-Swim and helping to fuel competitive swimming. During our relatively short time as a swimming body we have seen the fruits of our labour with several of our Learn-To-Swim athletes moving on to competitive clubs and progressing to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the sport.”

With demand for competitive swimming increasing at the Centre of Excellence, the RWB Aquatic Academy was launched in 2018. Samlalsingh expressed pride at the achievements of the club so far.

“We had a Swim Fit unit which were for athletes who just has finished our learn to swim programme and just wanted to train for the love of the sport. However we have seen some of the same athletes improve so much and some of whom expressed a desire to compete. The Academy has both a competitive and a swim fit element which has been progressing nicely thus far. We have had one swimmer who learnt to swim last year and has already started competing in National Competitions. We hope that this swim meet demonstrates to all the potential that resides in our developmental athletes.”

2019 is a special year for RWB as it gained its first CARIFTA athlete. Giovanni Rivas (picture attached) learnt to swim under RWB Aqua Stars and progressed on to other competitive clubs. In 2018, he joined the Academy when it was formed, and this year in his first year of the 11 – 12 age group, he was selected to go to the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Barbados over the Easter weekend.

The RWB Stars of Tomorrow Swim Meet will be in the 25m pool at the Centre of Excellence. For 8 & under swimmers who cannot yet make the full length of the pool, there are some special exhibition 12m races. Additionally for those persons who can competently swim longer than 25m there are some 50m and one 100m race (see meet information attached). It is hoped that from this swim meet, new talent can be identified and that some of the swimmers consider the option of progressing onto competitive swimming.

Action starts at the Centre of Excellence with a March Past at 8:40am with the meet starting at 9:15am. Interested persons, clubs, schools or individuals can visit the RWB Aqua Stars – Centre of Excellence Swimming Pool Complex page on Facebook, or call 235-4RWB (4792) for further information.

Picture: From left to right: Giovanni Rivas (1st place 11 – 12 Competitive Male), Christiano Rivas (2nd place 9 – 10 Competitive Male), Amelia Bhola (3rd place 9 – 10 Developmental). This picture was taken at the Sea Hawks New Year Splash held in January 2019

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