On April 12 Friends of the Man-O-War Swimmers held a luau cookout at the home of Dr. Leo & Charlotte Landhuis in Man-O-War. Guests at the event were treated to a Hawaiian themed afternoon complete with hula skirts and leis on the beach. Food was served and fresh coconut milk was on hand to wash it down. The event was organized to raise money for the swimmers and the swimming program on Man-O-War.
Six children from Man-O-War have travelled and competed in national swim meets so far.
A live and silent auction kept people busy as they tried to secure the best deals of the day. A limbo contest, best-dressed competition and live music kept everyone entertained.
Organizer and coach, Amelia Putnam Sands, said to the crowd, “The Man-O-War Swimmers would not exist without the help of everyone here. We have had so many generous sponsors and supporters. Our friends have provided their time, ideas, prizes, items for auction and so much more. Our parents have been cooking, decorating and setting up this luau for all to enjoy. I have seen the most support for the Man-O-War Swimmers while planning this event.”
She also reminisced about the origins of organized swimming on the cay, “Organized swimming started on MOW with our very own Arthur Eldon. He used to teach the kids in the harbour and I’m happy to be involved in getting the kids back into the sport.”