COLEBAY, Sint Maarten — The Sint Maarten Aquatic Federation (SMAF) in collaboration with FINA World Aquatics Day launched an island wide swim training camp on Friday May 7th, at the Carib Swim Pool in Cole Bay.
The camp will be providing training for approximately 40 of our island’s best swimmers who are registered among the three SMAF teams. The SMAF Teams are: The Carib Swim Team, The St. Maarten Dolphin Swim Club and the St. Maarten Super Slash Swim Team.
This event is the first of its kind for SMAF and will cater for children and teens alike, with training for children 11 – 12 years-old from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm and swimmers 13 years and above from 5:30pm – 6:30 pm.
“This initiative has two objectives for us as a Federation,” Steve Leal; Event Project Leader explained. “Through this training camp, we will hone the skills of our local swimmers and as a Federation we will also be able to use this as a precursor to attend the Swimming Camp being held in Curacao in October.”
FINA is the international governing body for aquatic sports which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
Leal explained that SMAF will also be actively participating in FINA World Aquatics Day Celebration, which is an international day recognizing physical activity in aquatic sports and takes place on the first weekend of July.
SMAF will be celebrating with several events through the spring and summer, starting with the Training Camp and much more which will be announced later.
“We are proud of our swimmers and will continue to work towards getting them to an international stage, it is for this reason that all our events are geared towards creating strong swimmers and providing opportunities for our special needs swimmers as well to grow in the sport,” Leal added.
The invited camp swimmers are:
Abbi Illis – Dhrishti Shahani – Kathlyn Vlaun – Quentin Guyenot
Adaya Bourne – Diego Ramos – Keianna Richardson – Rakeem Richards
Adriaan Coppelmans – Emma Croes – Kennan Victor – Rheanne Arrindell
Alcea Boudou – Esmanda Isebia – Louise Creusot – Rovienska Vis
Al-Sheenia Wilson – Gigi Cai – Maik Croes – Sacha Tobias
Arianna Lont – Izabella Zagolska – Matias Piazza – Samara Tjin-Asjoe
Aurelien Guyenot – J’aishaa Jeffers – Miguel Febres – Saphir Thomas
Denecia Prince – Joey Schvartz – Nicolas Piazza – Taffi Illis
Denzel Richardson – Josiah Emmanuel – Nihal Chugani – Venicia Tobias