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GBPA supports Swift Swimming in Grand Bahama

Club to send a number of swimmers to BSF National Championships

Published: Jun 05, 2013

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — A local swimming club is looking to make a splash at this year’s Bahamas Swimming Federation’s (BSF) National Championships, slated for June 20-23 in New Providence. Helping them along the way is the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA).

Geneva Rutherford, GBPA’s Director of Community Relations recently made a check donation to Andy Loveitt, coach of the Grand Bahamian segment of the Swift Swimming Club, formerly Lucayan Lightning Swimming Team. According to Loveitt, the club’s mission is simple, “to allow all swimmers in Grand Bahama a chance to realize their full potential in a friendly atmosphere on a team working toward success at all levels of swimming.”

To date, the 30-plus swim team has senior swimmers who are ranked at the top in the country and the Caribbean, and young swimmers who are showing great promise. Since 2011, they have participated in numerous meets including the World Junior Championships, CARIFTA and the nationals. They have broken four CARIFTA records and over 20 national records, and in 2012, swimmer Joanna Evans was awarded ‘best swimmer’ in the 13-14 age category for her record-breaking swim in the 800 meter (m) freestyle.

“The port authority was pleased to sponsor Swift Swimming as they prepare for the upcoming nationals,” stated Rutherford. “When we reviewed their previous accomplishments, it became a joy for the company to offer some assistance because they’ve done so very well. We have hopes that they will do exceptionally well later this month in Nassau.”

Loveitt expressed his gratitude for the corporate support rendered.

“This donation is really meaningful to Swift Swimming. We continually have to go to Nassau to compete in meets and it becomes a major burden for the parents to try and fund them, so, for the port authority to come in with this donation, it really is going to help a long way toward travel to Nassau for the nationals,” he said.

As a sponsor of numerous sporting disciplines, the GBPA is committed to the overall growth of the island’s youngsters.

“Over the years we’ve supported all types of athletics,” explained Rutherford. “We’re living in The Bahamas and swimming is critical to our country. Additionally, it’s an individual sport that teaches self-discipline. That daily commitment of having to practice is a major contributor to the development of someone’s character which carries over to every aspect of life.”

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