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CWCO Donates to Swift Athletics Track and Field Club
By Samone Davis
Apr 14, 2017 - 11:28:23 AM

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Recognising the importance of investing in young Bahamian athletes, Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. continued its annual financial support with a donation to the Swift Athletics Track and Field Club on April 11th. The club trains and prepares young athletes to attend private schools and international colleges as well as to compete in the CARIFTA and Olympic games. L-R: Bryan Russell, General Manager, Consolidated Water (CWCO); Max Azor, Swift Athletics Track & Field Club Sprinter; Jeffrey Burrows CWCO Operations Supervisor; Coach Andrew Tynes, Swift Athletics Track & Field Club; Welliya Cargill, CWCO Administrative Assistant; Cryrique Saunders, Karon Dean and Jameka Chisholm, Swift Athletics Track & Field Club Sprinters. Photo: Samone Davis-SW P.R.

While the 2017 CARIFTA Championship Games are happening this month, one group of young athletes is already sharpening its skills to qualify for next year’s CARIFTA Championship Games through the Swift Athletics Track and Field Club, with the help of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd., (CWCO) who recently sponsored the young hopefuls to assist in their journey.

Welliya Cargill, Accounts Manager and Administrative Assistant at CWCO, said the company chose to support Swift Athletics because they believe in the vision of the programme for the young athletes.

“We understand how important it is to invest in our youth and our country’s next generation of great athletes, so we are committed to reaching out to our communities and assisting in any way we can. This is our second time donating to Swift Athletics and that’s because we see the value of Coach Tynes and his team’s work with these young athletes,” Cargill said.

Former Olympian and Swift Athletics Head Coach Andrew Tynes said when he established Swift Athletics four years ago, his mandate was to assist “inner city kids” to become professional athletes while helping them to get scholarships to private schools in Nassau and eventually to colleges abroad.

“Over the past four years, we have made a tremendous impact on the young athletes in our club; we’ve sent 11 students to colleges abroad and we’ve sent 10 students to private schools here in Nassau,” Coach Tynes said.

This year, the Swift Athletics Track and Field Club has 30 young and eager sprinters who all aspire to be future Olympians.

“We train the athletes through three progressive stages between September and July. First we get them fit, then we work on their speed and then we work on conditioning and strengths to prepare them for track and field competition,” Coach Tynes continued.

Club member Karon Dean said he improved as a sprinter so much he qualified for the 2017 CARIFTA Track & Field Championships.

“I have been in the Swift Athletics Track and Field Club for about two years now and I am so glad I joined because I’ve seen tremendous improvement in my speed, form and strength; the best part is that I recently qualified for CARIFTA this year which is one step closer to fulfilling my dream to become an Olympian,” Dean said.

Coach Tynes thanked CWCO for their donation.

“We are so grateful for this donation; we are now able to pay our club fees and pay for our new uniforms, which we desperately need. CWCO has been loyal to us over the years and we will ensure that their donation is put to good use.”

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