St. Kitts-Nevis (Sports Page) – On Wednesday 20th January, two of the coordinators of the SWIM TO WIN program, faced the media to announce the commencement of the 2021 edition of the program.
Director of Sports, Jamir Claxton, noted that the 2020 edition of the program, was extremely successful, as over 119 persons were positively impacted and 90 persons were actually evaluated.
He thanked all of the partners who helped to make last year a success, but was especially warm in praise for professional swim instructor, Anne Mc Clindon, who was instrumental in the development and execution of the program-free of cost.
Ms. Terri Andrews, noted that this year’s program is set to commence on Sunday 7th February.
The registration fee is $120.00 EC, which covers the six weeks training stint and the registration deadline is Sunday 1st February.
Interested parents can register their children either at the Youth and Sports Department, or register on line with the Nevis Aquatic and Sailing center.
When quizzed about the recent sighting of sharks in the waters of St. Kitts and Nevis, Ms. Andrews pointed to the fact that unprovoked shark attacks are very rare and prior to the recent attack on a Ross University student, this was the first such incident, within the last fifty years.
She pointed to the many years of the cross channel swim, without incident and other similar swims between St. Kitts and Nevis, without incident.
She also noted that the organizers have SAFETY FIRST as a priority and will be guided by instructions from the Department of Marine Resources, as to when it is safe to be in the water.
Additionally, the swim to win program, has qualified instructors and life guards, who place safety as a top priority.
She also noted that there is indeed a need for people to learn to swim, as there is more a concern because of the number of drowning deaths within the federation, within the last several years.
She also noted that the covid -19 protocols will also be observed during the training program.
The program will kick start with a barbecue event at Oualie, on the afternoon of Sunday 31st January and the general public is invited to the event. It will be the official start of an exciting calendar year for swimming, on Nevis.
Jamir Claxton further urged persons to register quickly for the program.