Andrea Gooding, Marketing Manager, RUBIS, explained the company was fully behind the development of youth and sport. She said, “The local team’s hard work has demonstrated they were a group of young talented Barbadians and we wanted to celebrate that and their recent successful performance made us all extremely proud.”
The 24- strong team consisted of 19 pool and 5 open water swimmers. The youngsters impressive medal tally totalled 41, with the pool swimmers winning 20 gold, 9 silver and 12 bronze, while the open water competitors all placed in the top 10 of their races. Samantha Clarke, Chaperone of the Barbados team said. “In 2012 Barbados won 27 medals so this year we are extremely pleased with the increased award tally.”
Mrs. Clarke explained the many expenses involved in taking a delegation to compete in the CARIFTA championships were quite considerable, and there is rarely anything left to give to the kids a token of appreciation for their efforts so the gift from RUBIS was really appreciated.” She added, ‘When the bags were presented many of the swimmers shouted loudly in surprise and some were speechless.”
The next large event is the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation scheduled for Costa Rica July.