Grenada Amateur Swimming Association

Felix qualifies for Youth Olympic Games & Grenada secures 2 Silver & 1 Bronze Medal at CCCAN

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July 3, 2018, Oranjestad, Aruba.        Grenada’s swimmers continue to propel the sport to higher levels with spectacular performance thus far at the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Federation Swim Championship (CCCAN) in Aruba.  Taking to the pool on June 29 and wrapping up their competition today July 3rd the 16-member team, the largest team from Grenada to qualify to participate in CCCAN, departed the island on June 23rd in preparation for the competition.

Over the first 4 days of competition Grenada has advanced to the finals in 23 events resulting in our swimmers making it to podium with 3 medals.  Kimberly Ince the team’s first medal winner secured a Bronze medal in the girls 13-14 50M Backstroke.  On the same night Jenebi Benoit missed the Gold medal by 100th of a second securing a Silver medal in the boys 13-14 100M Butterfly behind Bahamian swimmer with a time of 59.46 compared to the winning time of 59.45 seconds.

On day three, Anaika Charles secured her Silver medal position in the girls 11-12 50M Breaststroke in a time of 35.69 seconds.  The night’s competition was crowned when Delron Felix swan a spectacular race in the boys 15-17 100M Freestyle.  Although placing 4th in this event, Felix’s time of 53.14 seconds has qualified him for the Youth Olympic Games carded for Buenos Aires, Argentina in October 2018.  Felix has been attending the SPIRE Institute in Ohio, where he has received advanced training in support of his swimming development.   President of GASA, Peron Johnson, expressed “we are extremely proud of Delron’s achievement as he is the first and only Grenadian swimmer to meet the qualification standard for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) since the games started in 2010. “  Johnson went on to say “the increased number of swimmers qualifying for CCCAN, followed by our 23 final appearances thus far and the 3 medals secured is testament to the focused development track swimming is taking in Grenada”.  Grenada’s swimmers continue to do wonders in the region and internationally despite the dire state of the swimming facilities currently available for training and development.

As the team enters its final day of competition today, we are hopeful of continued personal best performances from all our swimmers.

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