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OVER 480 AT RWB SWIM MEET

Only limited standing room was available at the Centre of Excellence Swimming Pool Complex as over 480 swimmers from 19 teams participated in the 1st ever OneLife RWB Stars of Tomorrow Swim Meet last Saturday. RWB Aqua Stars hosted the developmental swim meet as the learn to swim organisation commemorates five years in existence on April […]

Only limited standing room was available at the Centre of Excellence Swimming Pool Complex as over 480 swimmers from 19 teams participated in the 1st ever OneLife RWB Stars of Tomorrow Swim Meet last Saturday.

RWB Aqua Stars hosted the developmental swim meet as the learn to swim organisation commemorates five years in existence on April 1st 2019. The meet featured swimmers from various competitive clubs and learn to swim organisations that had little to no competitive swimming experience. Swimmers who are competitive athletes as defined by ASATT were debarred from participating.

At the end of the competition, RWB Aquatic Academy who competed in their first event as a club emerged the Top Overall Team with 615.5 points. Flying Fish Swim Club missed top honours by four points and came in second with 611.5 points. Sea Hawks Swim Club placed third with 554 points. Tidal Wave Aquatics (503.5) and LH Sea Wolves (351.5) rounded off the top five.

The RWB Aquatic Academy which was formed last year at the Centre of Excellence is the next progression for persons who complete the learn to swim programme under RWB Aqua Stars. RWB Academy was also adjudged the best 10 & under and 11 & over girls teams. Sea Hawks Swim Club won the team trophy for 10 & under overall and 10 & under boys. Hillview College was the best 11 & over boys’ team, while LH Sea Wolves earned the best 11 & over overall team.

During the opening ceremony, five persons/organisations were recognized by RWB Aqua Stars for their achievements and/or contribution to the development of the sport. Aqua Fins School of Swimming which has been in existence since 1988 and who came to the meet with over 150 swimmers were recognized for their contribution. Tidal Wave Aquatics was recognized for delivering a competitive swimming programme since 1997 and achieving success on the national stage. The University School was also recognized for having swimming in their curriculum since the 1960s.

Two athletes were also awarded by RWB Aqua Stars. Donovan Garib was recognized for his recent success at the Special Olympics. Garib learned to swim with Aqua Fins, started his competitive development with RWB and then moved on to Sea Hawks Swim Club. Giovanni Rivas became the first athlete from the RWB Academy to qualify for CARIFTA and he will be representing Trinidad and Tobago at those Championships in April in Barbados.

The OneLife RWB Stars of Tomorrow Swim Meet not only featured swimming competition but also patrons were able to get financial advice from sponsors OneLife and Guardian Life. Milo, Centre of Excellence, Unicomer, Powerade, Subway and Caribbean Awards were just some of the organisation which partnered with RWB Aqua Stars for the event. Sampling was also available on the day together with medical and nutritional consultations. Many door prizes were also given out on the day to lucky patrons, and overall age group trophy winners also received hampers with their awards.

The RWB Stars of Tomorrow Swim Meet was formally declared open by 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games medallist and multiple national record holder Jeron Thompson. The organizing committee will be review the event in the coming days and with the hope of making the 2020 event an event grander affair.

Please see link for full results below.

Picture One: Special Olympics Gold Medallist Donavan Garib, shares a moment with his original Learn to Swim Coach Lisa Debie of AquaFins (right) and his mom Donna Garib. Rwb Director Deronn Samlalsingh looks on. (Photo courtesy Centre of Excellence)

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