By Canishka Alexander
Last month, the South Abaco District Council hosted a Sandy Point Swimming Camp.
According to the organizers, it was a tremendous success.
Facilitating the event was Bahamas Aquatics National Instructors, Manson Roberts Sr., and his son, Manson Roberts Jr., both natives of Sandy Point. Their goal was to return home “to give back to their hometown” by spending quality time with South Abaco residents to teach them aquatic techniques.
“We are so appreciative for the time they spent with us, and for making this year’s camp a very productive and exciting one,” said South Abaco Chief Councillor, Jacquelyn Estevez. “At the closing out ceremony, our children walked away with medals and other prizes.”
Speaking to the participants, Roberts Jr. told them that they are surrounded by water, therefore they should be competent in the water.
“I am from an aquatic, competitive swimming environment, but you guys see the water as fun. I want you to be safe this summer, and try to reiterate some of the stuff that we talked about. I’m sure your minds are more open to what’s available for you.”
While he was able to compete in university, Roberts Jr. was excited to share that his father will hopefully have the opportunity to attend the next Olympics as an official.
During the closing ceremony, remarks were made by Donald Rolle, Island Administrator for South Abaco and Moore’s Island, and Chief Councillor Estevez.
Sincere gratitude was extended to all who supported the event, inclusive of the camp president, Arthur Lightbourn; Sandy Point Town Committee members; and deputy chairpersons, Shenique Bain, Laurenstine Fox. Nurses McIntosh and Burrows were also commended for assisting in other capacities.
As they plan for next year’s swimming camp, father and son, Messrs. Roberts, promised that it will be “bigger and better”, according to Council Secretary, Geelece Gaitor.
“Kudos for a job well done!” Chief Councillor Estevez expressed.