blink I bmobile Annual National Secondary Schools Swim Meet

Caption: Proud students of St Mary’s College collect their trophy for Top Male School from Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, Manager Corporate and Community Affairs, blink I bmobile

Anyone looking for an indication of the future of sports in T&T needed only to attend the recently held blink I bmobile National Secondary Schools Swim Meet 2013 to gain inspiration. The competition was filled with excitement and endless talent.

For over five years blink I bmobile has been proudly sponsoring this swim meet and for 2013 leaped at the opportunity to once again assist. According to Camille Salandy, Head of Public Relations and External Affairs at TSTT, “This initiative provides a critical platform for the enhancement of the nation’s aspiring swimmers and prepares them for the next step in the personal growth.  The swim meet’s goal fits well with the goal of the blink I bmobile’s Foundation which seeks contributes to the positive development of our young people and therefore without hesitation, this event was once again fully endorsed by us.”

The meet was hosted by Tidal Wave Aquatics of Trinidad and Tobago at the Dr. Joa Havelange, Centre of Excellence Swimming Pool Complex with approximately five hundred students out of more than twenty five Secondary Schools from across the nation participating.  Hazel Haynes, Manager of Tidal Wave during her opening remarks said: “this event has grown so much over the years. The level of talent and sportsmanship we see displayed from the students also increases with every year. Competitions like this prepare these young people for the international stage so this is a very important part of their development. For yet another year blink I bmobile has stood by us to help us achieve our goal of nurturing the talent of these young people for their future success and we are thankful for their commitment to this.”

The day was jam-packed with good team rivalry and loud cheers from supporters most present with placards and all. The boy’s teams caused quite a stir with their competitive drive. The top three victorious boys’ teams ranked in order from first to third place for 2013 were St Mary’s College, Fatima College and Trinity College East. St Mary College proved for yet another year that they are a force to be reckoned with; they went home with three other awards, one for top North Zone team and top team for both competitive and non competitive divisions.

The girls’ teams made sure their presence was felt at the competition as well. The emerging top three girls’ teams from first to third place respectively were St Joseph Convent Port-of-Spain, Holy Name Convent Port-of-Spain and St Joseph Convent St Joseph. St Augustine Girls High School showed off their skills in the pool which got them second place for the Competitive Division while St Joseph’s Convent Port-of Spain swam home with third place. Girls also monopolized the non competitive division with St Joseph Convent St Joseph and their counterpart from San Fernando winning second and third place respectively. St Joseph Convent San Fernando didn’t stop there; they also arose as the top school from the South Zone.

Co-ed schools were in no way left out of the mix. The competition was fierce and the students proved that they were fearless. The top three co-ed schools ranked from first to third place were Diego Martin Central Secondary, Bishops High School Tobago and Miracle Ministries Pentecostal High School. Bishops High School was also the proud school to win top school from Tobago Zone.

Blink I bmobile congratulates all of the schools and students who took part in this year’s National Secondary School Swim Meet. The efforts of the competitors highlight the endless pool of talent instilled in the nation’s youth. Praise must also be given to Tidal Wave Aquatics. Their continuous dedication to the enhancement of youth is evident by the constant success of these events.