Castries, Saint Lucia: The Saint Lucia Aquatics Federation held its 2022 Annual Awards Ceremony at the Vladmir Lucian Theater, Human Resourse Center in Gros Islet, Sunday February 5th 2023.
Master and Mistress of Ceremony Terry Finisterre and Evelyn Day took command of the ceremony, adopting the Independence theme “One People Shaping Our Destiny”.
In attendance was the Permanent Secretary Caroline Eugene and Saralee Williams Officer responsible for Swimming at the Ministry of Youth Development and Sport, President Alfred Emanuel and Treasurer Joyce Huxley of the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee.
President Eddie Hazell addressed the fraternity acknowledging the achievement of the swimmers, the performances of the national teams, the efforts of the coaches, the appreciation of the clubs, parents, technical officials and volunteers.
SLAF most extensive recognition ceremony honored the following awardees:
Male and Female Best Overall performance on a National Team
- CCCAN – Naima Hazell and Jayhan Odlum Smith
- Carifta – Fayth Jeffrey and Tristan Dorville
- CANOC – Naima Hazell and Jayhan Odlum Smith
- Commonwealth Games – Mikaili Charlemagne and Jayhan Odlum Smith
- Goodwill Games – Sapphire Parks and Ziv Reynolds
- OECS Swimming Championships – Naima Hazell
- Male and Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year
- Evelyn Day and D’Andre Blanchard
- Best Overall performance Fina Juniors – Naima Hazell and Tristan Dorville
- Best Overall performance Fina Worlds – Mikaili Charlemagne and Jayhan Odlum Smith
- SLAF Male and Female Team Player of Year Awards
- Lightning Aquatics – Naekeisha Louis and Ethan Hazell
- Sharks Swim Club – Maya Brathwaite and Max Larrieu
- Seajays Swim Club – Caitlin Polius and Tristan Dorville
- Southern Flying Fish – Maliyah Henry
- SLAF Most Improved Male and Female Swimmer of the Year
- Lightning Aquatics – Fayth Lubrun and Diandre Edwin
- Sharks Swim Club – Lauren Du Boulay and Caden Calderon
- Seajays Swim Club – Sapphire Parks and Noah Dorville
- Southern Flying Fish – Najmah Eqra Melchoire and David Jn Pierre
- SLAF Volunteer of the Year
- Sharks Swim Club – Lisa Pultie
- Lightning Aquatics – Loyola Edwin
- Southern Flying Fish – Andrea Hinds-Holder
- SLAF Male and Female Technical Official of the Year
- Seajays Swim Club – Jean Mederick
- Lightning Aquatics – Ronald Charles
- SLAF Administrator of the Year- Tessa Louis Charles
Male and Female Stroke Awardees
- Freestyle – Mikaili Charlemagne and Jayhan Odlum Smith
- Backstroke – Mikaili Charlemagne and Jayhan Odlum Smith
- Breaststroke – Naima Hazell and D’Andre Blanchard
- Butterfly – Mikaili Charlemagne and Jayhan Odlum Smith
- Individual Medley – Fayth Jeffery and Jayhan Odlum Smith
Age Group Awardees
- 8 and Under – Sapphire Parks and Miles Andrew
- 9 – 10 – Amara Reece and James Sylvester
- 11-12 – Fayth Jeffrey and Noah Dorville
- 13-14 – Fayth Lubrun and Tristan Dorville
- 15-17 – Naima Hazell and D’Andre Blanchard
- 18 and Over – Mikaili Charlemagne and Jayhan Odlum Smith
- SLAF Sponsor of the Year – Togs
- SLAF Media Person of the Year – Anthony Debeauville
- SLAF Coach of the Year – Brian Charles
- SLAF Club of the Year – Seajays Swim Club
- Pat Charles Award – Sue Dyson
- Junion Male and Female Swimmer of the Year- Fayth Jeffery and Tristan Dorville
- Senior Male and Female Swimmer of the Year- Mikaili Charlemagne and Jayhan Odlum Smith
- Special Recognition was given to Saint Lucia National Lotteries Authority, Sagicor and Saint Lucia Olympic Committee.
ABOUT Saint LUCIA AQUATICS FEDERATION
- The Federation is the parent body of swimming in Saint Lucia, as such its aims are as follows:
- To promote and encourage the development of swimming, in all its forms, throughout Saint Lucia.
- To promote the development of organizations and clubs involved in the sport of swimming.
- To lobby for swimming facilities throughout Saint Lucia.
- To actively promote swimming by liaising with F.I.N.A.the S.L.O.C. and any other international swimming organization to further the advancement of swimmers and officials by accessing grants, scholarships, clinics, seminars and other training programs.
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