Bermuda National Swimming Coach Ben Smith travelled with a group of youngsters to Canada who competed at the Mallard’s Long Course Challenge from Friday April 7th to Sunday April 9th.
The competition was held at the Canadian Pan American Games Pool in Markham Ontario.
Smith said, “We only had a team of 6 swimmers but they did us proud with their results. This competition was organized to be an opportunity to further develop our young athletes as they prepare for future meets. They were able to go through the process of warming up in a pool with hundreds of other swimmers, competing against competition that they have not faced while going through the challenges that come up during a large meet.”
“I am so proud of the performance of this athletes as they came together as a team with great spirit, enthusiasm and fast swimming. After the meet was over the tally was 51 events swum with 47 of the swims being personal best times. This meant that all 6 swimmers competed hard and put in their best ever effort. Abigail Powell, Rhys Insley, Daria Desmond, Chelsea Lomas, Bella Howes and Tayla Horan were the 6 swimmers that competed for the team,” continued Smith.
Smith concluded, “I would like to express my appreciation for this team who showed a great level of maturity and did their parents proud with the behavior in and out of the pool.”