Swimming in Antigua

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Written by Gillian Noel Bigler

In the past three years, Antigua has revived competitive swimming with the introduction of four competitive swim clubs concentrating on training for pool based events regionally. The numbers have grown from a mere five swimmers to an astounding 88 swimmers ranging in ages from 6 to 17, with the majority of the competitors in the under 12 category. The energy is back and the other Caribbean nations are keeping a keen eye on the island’s swimmers! The clubs have developed, the swimmers are keen and it is the fastest growing competitive sport in Antigua. Regional meets attended by our swimmers
include the OECS Amateur Swim Championships, CARIFTA Swimming Championships and Club Invitationals in Grenada, St Maarten, St Lucia and Barbados. A friendly competition has developed between the islands throughout the region with visiting coaches coming to the island to assist with workshops for competitive training; in addition, attending the regional meets has been great exposure for the young swimmers. With the island’s clubs teaching swimming from babies to adults, the development of the sport in Antigua is going from strength to strength and the tireless work of our swimmers and coaches is being rewarded with keen interest from sponsors. Once again, the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are beginning to come home from the regional meets. We are all looking forward to seeing Antigua make its mark on swimming not only regionally, but someday internationally. The clubs are always keen to invite visiting competitive swimmers to continue their training  whilst on holiday.
Antigua Aquatic Club – Storm
Tel: 726 6666
Phoenix Swim Club
Tel: 460 8751/764 3210
Tel: 561 0707/726 2565
Wadadli Aquatic Club
Tel: 464 8971

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