Swimming : CBIS Students and Teachers Benefit from Christena Memorial Swim Camp

(Terri Andrews)
Swim to Win (a swimming initiative developed by Anne Mclindon and Terri Andrews) in collaboration with the Nevis Departments of Sport, Youth, Education and Social Development, conducted the first ever Christena Memorial Swim Camp July 19-23, 2021 specific to the students of the Cecily Browne Integrated School for special needs children.

The classes were held at the Eden Life Center pool and are the first step towards introducing swimming into the school curriculum.

CBIS students learning to swim

The Camps were announced last August 1st by Premier Mark Brantley as part of the 50th memorial of the sinking of the MS Christena ferry which caused huge devastation to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and which left a debilitating memory in the collective psyche when it comes to swimming and the sea.

A total of three weeks of Swim Camps will be conducted by the Swim to Win program this summer, but the first Camp was dedicated to the students at CBIS.

Robert Liddie, a Special Olympics athlete and gold medal winner from Nevis (OWS, cycling and triathlon), who first learned to swim in the Eden Life pool over 25 years ago, gave a swimming demonstration to the students on the final day of Camp and assisted the Minister of Sports, the Honorable Eric Evelyn, to present medals to the 14 participants.

The Camp was a huge success and the smiles on the students and instructors tell it all!

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