$10,000 for splash

The youngsters going to Barbados for the CARIFTA swimming championships certainly did their bit to raise funds with a 24-hour sponsored swim a month ago at the Lions Aquatic Centre.

It raised just over $10,000 and senior swimmer Lara Butler raised the most, $1,200 in total. Her reward for that was to receive an Olympus Tough underwater camera, worth $160, kindly given by John Davies, the owner of The Camera Store.

Dr. Sook Yin, chair of the fundraising for the swimming association, said: “I would like to thank John Davies for sponsoring the prize that encouraged our young CARIFTA swimmers to raise all that money from that swim.

“I am sure Lara will put this newest model of underwater camera to good use in Barbados. Coach Dominic Ross and all the swimmers that took part in the 24-hour swim should be congratulated on all their sterling efforts and it was a really good team bonding effort before they leave for Barbados next week.”

There was certainly a strong team spirit. Even Danielle Boothe joined in even though she is swimming for Jamaica at CARIFTA.

Lara’s brothers Geoffrey and Simon are also on the team and joined in the sponsored swim, so their parents have a lot to be proud of. Lara and Seiji Groome and the most senior swimmers in the party and expected to get the most medals.