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Friday, June 23, 2017
National Swimming Coach Running For OBA

The One Bermuda Alliance held a Press Conference to announce additional election candidates for the upcoming General Election, with the party confirming five candidates for the west end constituencies.

One of their candidates was National Swimming Coach Ben Smith, who will run in #31 Southampton West Central, where he will match up against the PLP’s Crystal Caesar.

Smith believes Sports can help this Country in so many ways, “Through Sports we can help people achieve their goals, that’s why I got involved I see where I could assist and I have put my hand up to help make a difference.”

Smith will take time out from canvassing due to his commitment as the National Swimming coach, he will lead the Bermuda team to Trinidad for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships.

Smith said on that, “I have made a commitment to these youngsters to make a sacrifice and that’s what I will have to do in order to keep my word.”

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Trinidad Ready to Host CCCAN 2017

Final preparations continued for the 2017 Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Trinidad and Tobago.

Bermuda’s CCCAN team was announced on June 5th, just days after the National Long Course Championships took place at the National Sports Center.

The CCCAN Championships will be taking place from June 22nd to July 2nd where the swimming, water polo, diving and synchronised swimming disciplines would be contested at the National Aquatic Centre while the Open Water category will be held at Turtle Beach, Tobago from June 24th - 26th.

Bermuda's CCCAN Team


Elan Daley
Jessica Bruton
Payton Zelkin
Sam Williamson
Taylor White
Finn Moseley


Skyler Powell
Logan Watson-Brown
Gabriela Pitman
Keagan Woolley
Brian Desmond


Shannon Hassell
Madelyn Moore
Jesse Washington
Ethan Daley
Evan Farrow
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Sharks Swim Club Boasts Another Amazing Year

The 2016/17 season has proven to be its most successful to date with the club continuing to go from strength to strength.

Sharks was well represented in the recent medal haul at CARIFTA where Bermuda won 39 medals, of which Sharks swimmers won 25. In addition 11 of the 15 Bermuda swimmers were from Sharks, namely Jesse Washington, Maddy Moore, Skyler Powell, Keagan Woolley, Gaby Pitman, Brian Desmond, Logan Watson-Brown, Jessica Bruton, Ethan Daley, Elan Daley and Sam Williamson. Not only that, but Sam Williamson was the Boys 11-12 High Points Champion, as was Elan Daley in the 11-12 Girls – both Sharks swimmers. This is a tremendous accomplishment against stiff competition.

This week the Bermuda CCCAN team was announced and Sharks was again strongly represented with 12 of the 16 CCCAN swimmers.

The Bermuda Development swimmers also attended the Mallards Swim Meet in Toronto. Five of the six participants were from Sharks namely Daria Desmond, Tayla Horan, Bella Howes, Chelsea Lomas and Abigail Powell. During this meet 92% of the swims were personal bests. These swimmers brought home 11 medals – Bella Howes (6), Daria Desmond (3) and Chelsea Lomas (2).

However the success in the 2016/17 season has not just been in the Senior and Elite programs, the medal haul continued across all age groups. At both Winter Age Groups and Schroders Spring Age Group Championships, 4 of the 8 age group champions were from Sharks. At the recent Validus Nationals, Sharks swimmers boasted 7 of the 8 age group champions.

Sharks swimmers have continued to shine on the international circuit. Jesse Washington and Maddy Moore will represent Bermuda at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Bahamas, as well as Junior Worlds in Indianapolis; and Rebecca Heyliger will be representing Bermuda at the FINA World Championships.

Sam Williamson has gone from strength to strength. He started in the Juniors at age 8, and now aged 13 is ranked fastest in Great Britain in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, second fastest in the 200m breaststroke, third in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 11th in the 200m IM and twelfth in the 50m butterfly – as ranked against all the 13 year old boys in Britain. He has qualified for British Nationals (which selects the top 24 swimmers in the 13-14 age group) which will be swum in July in Sheffield England.

Brian Desmond has also qualified to swim in the Irish National Age Group Championships from July 19th to 23rd.

Sharks swimmers have not just shone in the pool. Philip Hagen, previously Sharks Captain, was selected to represent Team BDA in the upcoming Red Bull Youth Americas Cup. He had no prior sailing experience but attributes much of his success to the mental and physical attributes developed during competitive swimming. http://www.acbda.bm/philip-hagen/

To achieve these standards all swimmers have to start with the basics; developing sound stroke technique, breathing skills and eventually learning endurance. This is achieved by starting in the Puppy program which takes place twice a week for half an hour (in the warmer months). Swimmers then move onto the Junior, Intermediate, Seniors and Elite programmes. The club trains at Warwick Academy and occasionally at the NSC to take advantage of the long course facility.

Finally, many swimmers have found that the fitness and endurance that they develop in the pool allows them to participate in many other sports with ease.

The Sharks continue to hold tryouts for all levels of swimmers for the upcoming September season; if you would like to try out or simply find out more, please contact Janice Irby on jta_irby@yahoo.com.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Elijah Daley Continues to Impress

Elijah Daley is following in the footsteps of his brother and sister as he broke four Bermuda Boys 9-10 Age Group National Records while competing in the Canadian Age Group International Long Course Championships.

Daley competed in eight different events and claimed on Bronze Medal along the way.

Daley finished 19th competing in the Boys 50m Freestyle touching the wall in a time of 30.14. With a time of 1:06.49 saw Daley finish the Boys 100m Freestyle 16th overall.

Daley’s first record breaking performance came during the Boys 200m Freestyle clocking a record breaking time of 2:20.49 on his way to finishing 6th.

During the Boys 400m Freestyle, Daley clocked a time of 5:00.74, a new Boys record was established during the Boys 1500m Freestyle when Daley was clocked at 19:47.28.

A new Boys 100m Butterfly record was established when Daley was clocked at 1:10.99 during the Boys 50m Butterfly that saw him place 4th.

The Boys 50m Butterfly brought Daley his Bronze Medal when he touched the wall in a time of 31.84, and his final event was another record breaking performance during the Boys 200m Medley when he was clocked across the line in a time of 2:37.49.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
More Records Broken for Daley in Canada

Elan Daley continues to light up the pools in Canada as she captured four Gold and one Silver Medal during her 8 Bermuda 11-12 Girls Long Course Record Breaking Performance.

Daley won Gold and set a new Bermuda Record during the 100m touching the wall in a time of 59.90. Another Bermuda Record fell when Daley was clocked at 2:12.84 during the 200m Freestyle which saw her claim a Silver Medal.

During the 100m Backstroke Final, Daley captured the Gold Medal with a new Bermuda Record time of 1:08.76, Daley stood on top of the podium after winning the Gold Medal during the 100m Butterfly Final touching the wall in a new Bermuda Record Breaking time of 1:05.55, her finish Gold Medal came during the 200m Medley when she set a new Bermuda Record with a time of 2:27.63.

Daley set a new Bermuda Record on her way to finishing 5th during the 400m Freestyle Final with a time of 4:47.99, although she finished 7th during the 800m Freestyle Final, Daley still set a new Bermuda Record with a time of 10:03.97 and her final new Bermuda Record came when she finished 4th in the 400m Medley Final with a time of 5:20.53.
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