Barracuda Swim Club pays tribute to junkanoo icon 'Gus' Cooper

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July 10, 2014

This past Saturday, the Barracuda Swim Club took time out to take in some of the country's culture at the National Art Gallery.
The club made the weekend trip to view the "Ace of Spades - The Father of Modern Day Junkanoo" exhibit that was curated by local artist John Beadle.
The group of 50 parents and swimmers was awed by the exhibit, which chronicles the life of times of Winston "Gus" Cooper, who was one of the founders and the long-time leader of the Valley Boys junkanoo group. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of modern day Junkanoo.
Cooper tragically passed away on January 4, 2014 and the exhibition was set up to celebrate the life of the legend. It debuted on April 15.
"The reason for going to the art gallery is because our kids spend so much time in the pool, most of the senior swimmers spend six days a week in it, so we wanted to expose them to more things than just swimming and sports. We have done beach clean-ups, bowling as a group and just other things to help them bond as a group," said Clare Farrington, vice president of the swim club.
"Swimming is an individual sport, however they are a part of a swim club, so when we go to different meets we do it as a team. It's the whole Barracuda club. We just finished nationals and although every swimmer wants to do well the points still go to the team, so group bonding is important."
The exhibit has attracted locals and tourists, and the club wanted to make sure that thay got a chance to see it before it is taken down on July 13.
"This is our second trip to the gallery and once again we found our visit both enriching and enlightening. Our club is committed to developing great leaders, not only in the area of swimming but community leaders, and activities like this help us to accomplish this goal," said Barracuda Swim Club President Dion Gibson.
Gibson also served as a chaperone for this year's Caribbean Island Swimming Championships (CISC) team that competed last week. The Barracuda Swim Club had seven of its swimmers compete at that event.
During their time at the museum, the group also viewed the '40 Years of Bahamian Art' exhibit, which highlighted the growth and transition of the art movement in The Bahamas.
The Barracuda Swim Club is the largest of six clubs on the island of New Providence. They offer learn-to-swim, competitive and masters swimming programs. The club has held the title of national champions 15 times, and has produced some of the nation's top swimmers.

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News date : 07/10/2014    Category : Sports, Nassau Guardian Stories

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