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Freeport, Grand Bahama - FINA,
the international governing body of swimming, recently sent two representatives
to the Bahamas, courtesy of The Bahamas Swimming Federation. On Saturday 13th
November, Ben Sheppard and Shaun Anderson visited the Lucayan Lightning Swim
team at the G.B. Yacht Club to observe and assist a regular training session
conducted by coach Andy Loveitt. Both representatives spoke in superlatives
about the swimmers, coach and the program.
Members of the Lucayan Lightning Swim Team pose with FINA Members following a training session at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. Kneeling : Shannon Albury and Andre Levarity. 2nd Row from left: Dustin Tynes, Joanna Evans, Taryn Smith, Maya Albury, Peter Farquharson and Aaron Levarity. Back Row: Sean Anderson (FINA), Lightning Coach Andy Loveitt and Ben Sheppard (FINA).
Ben Sheppard described the swimmers
as "people who have goals " with the ability to lead the nation in
the swimming arena. He said that the children were very lucky to be working
with such a tough and committed coach whose knowledge and desire for the
children to achieve is very impressive. The swimmers were encouraged to
"dream big" and were commended for performing so well under
relatively difficult conditions. Shaun Anderson said that this group could be
considered a "new wave" of swimmers in the Bahamas with an
"awesome" program being offered to them. Both representatives
described the "Swimming Centres of Excellence" already established in
the United States. They emphatically stated that the work being done at G.B.
Yacht Club with the Lucayan Lightning Swim Team clearly deserves the title,
"The Bahamian Centre of Excellence".
Since that visit in November, the members of the Lucayan Lightning Swim Team
have worked steadfastly to improve the technical aspects of their strokes and
races and to ultimately improve their swim times. With January being the start
of the swimming season the Lightning team members are working extra hard to
maintain the high standard which they have already set for themselves. Several
of the senior swimmers are working toward once again capturing positions on the
Bahamas National Swim Team while inspiring the juniors to set high goals in the
sport and so far they are off to a good start.
After a successful session at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club the coaches are all smiles in anticipation of great accomplishments from the Lightning Team members. Shaun Anderson (FINA), Lucayan Lighting Coach, Andy Loveitt, and Ben Sheppard (FINA).
While attending the 2011 Insurance Management Barracuda Invitational Swim Meet
in Nassau, over the weekend of January 14th and 15th, noteworthy performances
were turned in by those swimmers attending. Coach Andy Loveitt says that he is
pleased with his swimmers performances but he continues to set the bar high
because he sees the potential in each child and will work toward fulfilling it.
Lauren Albury: Little Lightning Strikes: Lightning bolt Lauren Albury smiles as she waits for her competition to reach the finish line behind her.
Special mention should be given to Lauren Albury who won the first place
overall trophy with an outstanding performance in girls age 9-10 category with
5 first place finishes and 1 second place finish. Joanna Evans came away with
the third place overall trophy in the girls 11-12 yrs. category with 3 first
place finishes, 1 second place and 1 fourth place. Other swimmers participating
in the meet were Dustin Tynes who had 3 first place and 1 second place
finishes. Peter Farquharson ended the meet with 3 second place finishes and 1
third place finish in the boys 15 and over category. Tynes and Evans were
successful in obtaining CARIFTA qualifying times bringing them one step closer
to national team status.
The Lucayan Lightning team members hope to continue
this wave of momentum throughout the season and with the guidance of their
coach Andy Loveitt, they plan on doing just that.
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