Experienced and dedicated swim Coach Stephanie Fraser of the Dorado Speed Swim Club (DSSC) along
with the club’s young girls and boys and special guest swimmers from the Silver Sharks Swim Club (SSSC) and Orca Speed Swim Club (OSSC) are heading to the big swim meet in the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago known as the ASATT International Invitational Championships 2014.
The meet which will run from Thursday, December 11 to Sunday, December 14 is being hosted by the Marlins Swim Club, situated at St. Anthony’s College Grounds, Diego Martin.
Fraser said the meet is an annual Long Course 50m Inter-Club swimming championship that is sanctioned by the World Governing Body FINA – which means the times made at this meet can be used as FINA qualifying times for International championships in 2015.
Club teams have participated in past championships from all the Caribbean countries as well as clubs from Venezuela, USA, Sweden and Great Britain. Last year, over 300 swimmers from over 31 Clubs participated.
Fraser, going under the Dorado Speed Swim Club banner, will be taking a total of 14 swimmers along with 12 parents and supporters. The swimmers are Omar Adams, Omari Dunn, Satish Ramlagan and Soroya Simmons in the 15 and Over category.
Phillip DeNobrega and Daniel Scott in the 13- 14 age group. Competing in the 11-12 age group is Antonio Hussein, while Donna Carter will be representing the 9-10 category. The 8 years and Under class will see Raekwon Noel, Ethan Gonsalves, Elliott Gonsalves, Vladimir Woodroffe and Monique Watson aiming for top honours.
Also travelling with the Dorado contingent will be The Bishops’ High school mates Amy Grant of Silver Sharks Swim Club, representing in the Girls 11-12 category and Accalia Khan of the Orca Swim Club, representing the Girls 13- 14 age group.
Stating that it has been a long and busy season, Fraser also said that the young team of swimmers who have little or no international exposure are all eagerly looking forward to the experience and in the process, mark their names in the FINA Points Ranking List. The youngsters will also look forward to making new “swimming” friends.
The experienced Coach Fraser is undoubtedly elated as she is expecting medals in most of the age groups. In the Boys 8 and Under, Raekwon Noel is very likely to place in the top three. Omar Adams, Phillip DeNobrega, Antonio Hussein, Soroya Simmons, Amy Grant and Accalia Khan are also expected to finish in the top three of their respective pet events.
Fraser noted that in the past they were only represented by four or five swimmers and the results were good. Swimmers the likes of Niall Roberts, Simmons, Noelle Smith, Alan Lowe and Yannick Roberts have returned with silver and bronze medals or have finished in the top five in their respective events.
Fraser who has been coaching for the past 21 years, since the resuscitation of Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) in 1993, has a wish for a GOLD CHRISTMAS for all the swimmers, parents, coaches and club officials who have made lots of sacrifices in order to have this talented team of swimmers accomplish their personal goals.
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