Swimming Federation to host Open Water Championships

Swimmers take to the pool in St Vincent during the OECS Swimming Championships.

Local swimmers will dive into the ocean this weekend as they compete in the Antigua & Barbuda Swimming Federation (ABSF) Flow National Open Water Championships, which marks its 30th year on Sunday.

The event, which is slated for Fort James Beach, will start at 11 am and technical director for the ABSF, Edith Clashing, is expecting upwards of 50 swimmers for this year’s competition.

“We are going to be having three distances — the 1.4 kilometre, the 2.6 kilometre and the 5 kilometre, and if there is anybody out there and you want to participate, then you can go to our swimaantiguabarbuda.com [where] we have the summons posted. We have also posted the application form,” she said. 

Along with swimmers from the different local clubs, the country’s top open water swimmers who competed in the recent OECS 5K Open Water Swimming Championships held in St Vincent will also be participating.

These swimmers, Joie Zriebe (15-17 girls) finished first in her age category, with Sally Benjamin (13-14 girls), and Sebastian Gobinet (13-14 boys), who both finished second in their age group,  will compete for the National Open Water Championship top positions.

The results of both the OECS 5K Open Water and the National 5K Open Water events will be used to select the 2017 CARIFTA Open Water athletes to represent our twin island state.