The Abaco Swim Club held a fundraiser at the Jib Room on Friday, May 23 to assist with travel costs and fees for swimmers attending the 2014 RBC Bahamas National Swimming Championship and also to aid in the purchase of a reverse osmosis system for the pool in Hope Town.
The event was well attended by parents and supporters of the swim club who enjoyed fish, chicken or rib dinners and participated in a variety of raffles and auctions. The silent auction featured an assortment of items ranging from paintings and jewelry to power tools and kitchen ware. The live auction featured cakes, weekend cottages and golf cart rentals, as well as jewelry and a watch.
Sara Knowles, coach for the Abaco Swim Club, said that they were “overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community.” She said the club has the best parents, grandparents, family members, along with excellent local business support. “Our event wouldn’t have been possible without the community’s help and we have to give a huge thank you to The Jib Room.”
The club now has over 65 registered swimmers with 32 planning on attending Nationals in June which is a 45% increase from last year. The Abaco Swim Club had 22 swimmers for the 2013 Nationals.
Mrs. Knowles said in the future they would to have their own pool in Abaco. A proper pool and facility would benefit them as “We expect more swimmers in Carifta next year as more of our team move into 11-12.”
She added that the swim club is “very proud of Joshua Wong on being named as part of Team Bahamas for Caribbean Island Swimming Championships (CISC) being held in Barbados July 3-7.”
Barracuda Swim Meet
Twenty-two Abaco Swim Club athletes attended the Leno Corporate Services Barracuda Invitational swim meet in Nassau from May 9-10 where every swimmer posted personal best times and several kids earned high point trophies.
The two-day meet was a huge success as many qualified for the 2014 RBC Bahamas National Swimming Championships which will be held on June 19-22. Coming away with high point trophies were Carys Pinder in 9-10 girls, Roman Pinder in 9-10 boys, while Taylor Albury in 11-12 girls received the runner-up high point trophy.
Coach Sara Knowles said the Abaco Swim Club “expects great things from our team of 30 travelling next month for Nationals and looks forward to another great event.”