TSTT Foundation National Secondary Schools’ Swim Meet 2010. Student swimmers to help Haiti

Trinidad - Keen competition, school spirit and now charitable giving – organisers of the annual TSTT Foundation National Secondary Schools’ Swim Meet say they want the participants of this year’s event to donate canned goods to the people of Haiti.

Scheduled for Sunday, January 31 at the Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence Swimming Pool Complex in Macoya, an estimated 600 swimmers from some 40 schools are expected to take part in the meet, one of the most important amateur swimming competitions in Trinidad and Tobago. The TSTT Foundation is sponsoring both the competition, medals and a number of athletic scholarships for competitive and non-competitive winners and the winning schools.

“The National Schools’ Swim Meet is a regular part of our sponsorship calendar,” said Trudy DeVerteuil, TSTT’s Manager of Corporate Affairs and Community Relations. “The Foundation sees sport as one of the key pillars of our youth development thrust and a competition of this scale and with this much potential for contributing to the betterment of our young athletes is definitely a worthwhile investment for us.”

Swim meet organisers are calling on the participants and attendees to donate canned goods to assist the people of earthquake-devastated Haiti:

“In the midst of all this positive activity – sportsmanship, teamwork and competitive excellence – we should do something for Haiti,” explained Hazel Haynes, manager and head coach of Tidal Wave swim club. “We are asking everybody to bring a can for Haiti.”

Ms Haynes pointed out the necessity of the National Schools’ Meet for the development of local swimming:

“It’s very important because any sport depends on growth from the ground level (youth). Sport is built like a pyramid. The TSTT Foundation is keen to give this young talent a chance to come to the fore.”