Barbados Open Water in Jamaica
Kudos to the 2013 Barbados Open Water National Swim Team
Discovery Bay in Jamaica was the scene of the inaugural Carifta Open Water Swimming Championship and making history for Barbados were five swimmers who on this occasion opted to swim 5 kilometres in the open waters in Jamaica. Carifta pool swimmers Jonathan Manning, Kai Proverbs and Kent Mullins who represented Barbados at previous Carifta Swimming Championships took to the open waters on this occasion. First timer to Carifta, Nicholas Halland Vanessa Keany who made her debut in the open water at CISC 2012 in Aruba held their own against some stiff competition from Aruba, Guadeloupe, Trinidad & Tobago and the Cayman Islands. Our team maintained good pace and were placed in the top 10 in their respective age groups. The inaugural event off to a good start the event was contested by 52 male and female swimmers in 2 age groups.
Kai Proverbs, veteran breaststroker in the pool, placed 4th in the 13-14 age group and proved that her freestyle in the open water was equally capable. Nicholas Hall held a similar placing in the boys’ 13-14 with team mate Kent Mullins not far behind placing 7th gave a good account of themselves. Both Vanessa Keany and Jonathan Manning competed in the very competitive 15-17 age group finishing 5th and 7th respectively fending off stiff challenges from the Bermudans and Jamaicans.
Managed by Mrs Pamela Mullins and Coached by Mr Enrico McConney, open water Swimmingis well suited to the Caribbean as most of the Islands are surrounded by breathtaking beaches and the calm waters of the Caribbean sea. The discipline knows no boundaries as it has no such assistance from the walls of the pools where you can touch the wall or push off it. Instead the athletes are placed in an open body of water with a course in which they have to swim around, and in this case it was a 5k swimming race. The event started at Puerto Seco beach and with a circuit of approximately one kilometre in length of which the swimmers swam around five times.The swimmers in preparation for this event trained frequently in the idyllic waters of CarlisleBay with a few sessions conducted at the Aquatic Centre. The team was met at the airport by the Minister of Sport, Mr Stephen Lashley and the Chairman of the National Sports Council, Mr Seibert.