The three youthful swimmers who recently represented the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the OECS swim competition in St. Lucia recently, returned home on Monday 14th November, to a heroes’ welcome.
To their surprise, when they made their exit from the immigration area at the Vance Amory International Airport, they were greeted with loud cheers and shouts of “well done!’
The Montessori School had a fair-sized contingent on hand, to welcome home fellow students, Skyla Connor and the St. James’ Primary School, not to be outdone, also had a fair-sized contingent on hand, to welcome home fellow students, Justin and Austin Williams.
President of St. Kitts and Nevis Swimming federation, Winston Crooke, noted that the young swimmers performed well beyond expectation and pointed out that Justin Williams has established a new national record.
He also mentioned the achievements of Jennifer Hardy Marley, who is Canadian born, but has been adopted by St. Kitts and Nevis Swimming federation and has represented St. Kitts-Nevis in international swimming events over the years.
She secured six medals in the recent meet in St. Lucia.
Coach James Weekes noted that the three young swimmers took part in their heats with a level of confidence and performed creditably.
Skyla Connor placed 7th in her tough heats; Austin placed 2nd in his and Justin placed 4th in his heat.
Also addressing the gathering, was Jamir Claxton, Director of Sports.
He coded the swimmers as PIONEERS.
‘You have now set the bar and the pathway for other young swimmers to aspire to,’ he told the swimmers.
The three swimmers thanked everyone who has helped them on their journey so far and indicated that they are all looking forward to the competition next year, when they intend to perform even better and bring back medals this time around.