The Grenada Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) could have a state-of-the-art Aquatic Centre situated at the National Stadium at Queen’s Park, St. George’s within a two-year span.
The facility will be erected with support from the Grenada Government and the Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC).
Speaking at the just-ended Grenfin Invitational at Good Hope, St. George, Minister of Sports, Senator Norland Cox, said the ruling New National Party (NNP) government is committed to helping GASA attain a home for swimming.
He disclosed that the administration has already vested “a valuable piece of asset” with the swimming association through the provision of lands worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“… I want to say that we are proud as government to be part and to be partner in this process and I say here unequivocally that any support that GASA requires, we are going to do everything that we can to make sure that we meet those requests…”, he said.
“…We have started the work, we believe that we can achieve this and we have enough strategic partners to ensure that we achieve this project successfully. I believe hopefully within the next year or two years we should have an aquatic centre built and ready for use in Grenada,” he added.
General Secretary of the local Olympic body, Veda Bruno-Victor who also spoke at the ceremony disclosed that the issue of the Aquatic centre has also been brought to the attention of Pan Am Sports for its assistance.
Bruno-Victor said: “I have taken to our Pan-Am Sports Executive, the plans and thank God government has given them (Swimmers) the land, because the first question I was asked is who does the land belong to.
“So, the fact that the land is theirs, we have sent it back to the Pan-Am Executive Board and they are going to be meeting very soon to hold discussions and I have spoken to… the President…I hope that he is going to comply nicely with the construction of the aquatic headquarters,” she added.
GASA has been using an inadequate swimming pool at Good Hope, St Paul to hold competitions and prepare local swimmers for regional and international competitions.