October 31, 2013
With the start of each swim season, the Barracuda Swim Club launches its annual club activities. The first event was the annual church service. In September, coaches, swimmers, family and friends worshipped at the 9 a.m. service at St. Francis/Xavier Cathedral on West Hill Street. They gave thanks to God for a successful past year and asked Him for guidance for the upcoming season. Father Nixon, rector of St. Francis/Xavier, prayed for and blessed the coaches and swimmers for a safe and healthy swim year.
At the end of September, the club came together for its annual awards dinner. It was a night of fun, food and fellowship under the theme, 'Mexican Fiesta'. For over 20 years, the Barracuda Swim Club has hosted this awards dinner to celebrate and salute the achievements of the competitive swimmers and to help encourage and motivate all swimmers to do their best.
This year, the 'Cuda family' decided to give back to the community by way of a beach clean-up. On Saturday, October 5, the Barracuda Swim Club, in partnership with Dolphin Encounters, set out collecting trash on the beach in southern New Providence. The swimmers were excited about this new venture and were amazed at the amount of trash they collected.
The annual fun meet closed off the events, on Saturday, October 12. This meet was held to allow the swimmers to have fun before they have to focus on the swim year and upcoming swim meets. It also gives the newer swimmers from the Learn-to-Swim Program a chance to get a "taste" of what a swim meet entails.
"We look forward to the upcoming season, anticipating great success, growth, and development for the club. We have seen continued growth in the Learn-to-Swim and Junior Competitive programs run by Coach Sue Coleby. We have also seen consistent development and improvement in our Senior Competitive program coached by Coach Travano McPhee," said Dion Gibson, Barracuda Swim Club President. "We will host our first meet of the swim season on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 which will be the Family Guardian Barracuda Invitational. Our swimmers are eagerly anticipating the upcoming swim year."
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