With 17 records broken and 134 medals won, swimmers of the Grenada Amateur Swimming Association have brought home a fourth consecutive OECS swimming title.
The competition which was held in Antigua and Barbuda from November 9-11 saw 27 local swimmers competing against three other countries.
With 1485 points, Grenada came out in first place ahead of Antigua and Barbuda (1325), St Lucia (1167) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines which ended with 955 points.
Grenada won 5 of the age group trophies: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, and 18 and over.
Member of the technical team who prepared the swimmers for the competition, Nataly Regis-Sierra told reporters at a press conference that the swimmers from the Spice Isle had implemented a specific strategy to prepare for the competition.
She said: “Based on the technical team’s observation and our preparation, we found it necessary from the very beginning to look at technique and that’s what we mainly focused on…quite a lot of countries approached us and asked us what do you do, how do you prepare your swimmers, what were you focusing on – they noticed a little difference in comparison to the other countries.
“…In terms of performance on the day, we have to commend our swimmers, they were very focused, they really took to heart everything that was taught to them and everything that was instilled in them in order for us to go out there and represent our country to their utmost best,” she added.
GASA President, Peron Johnson thanked swimmers for their commitment in the competition and ending up with 134 medals – 51 gold, 42 silver and 38 bronze.
“…I do not think that there is any association that would have taken home as much hardware as the swimmers did and for this we are very grateful for their tremendous performance.
“…Equally important is to note that every member of the team contributed in some way to the team’s victory. Each member of this team has contributed points and to this we want to acknowledge all of our swimmers who have shown true dedication not only during the competition but throughout the entire training that took place prior to the competition.
“…We want to thank you swimmers for your commitment, your dedication and showing that you are true sporting ambassadors of this beautiful country.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Ann Isaac observed that the swimmers have set the bar for upcoming national swimmers to beat.
She said: “I would also like to commend GASA because without your hard work, the team would not have been able to participate in the championship. I know GASA has been working extremely hard over the years. This is the 4th championship that the team has won, consecutively and we want to thank them for that. We would also like to commend the coaches, who I understand would have worked extremely hard…taking the swimmers to this level where they can go out there and represent Grenada”.