Barbados has always had a strong tradition for swimming and over the past decade it has grown through the development of the Aquatic Centre activities at the Sir Garfield Sober Complex at Wildey. Kids from the age of four are taught to swim in a plethora of swimming clubs that have been the catalyst for producing the best competitive swimmers the island has ever produced. Swimming means different things to different people and amongst the island’s most dedicated swimmers are the fun swimmers who meet once a week and swim along the South Coast to Carlisle bay. Other enthusiasts love long distance swimming and meet regularly for training without any serious objective other than to stay fit. A few years ago one of these seasoned swimmers, Chris Gibbs of Merrymen fame, swam the English Channel. The Triathalon athletes also practice swimming as part of their sport.

The Aquatic Centre is the focal point of competitive swimming and not only provides an excellent 50-metres pool for local swimmers, but it has been used for winter training by overseas teams. The Centre is also used for schools and national championships.

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President: Sonia O’Neal

Tel: 246 429 7946/ 246 434 0523



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