Founded in 1974 the swimming club has been home to a dietary of Guyana’s top swimmers but the focus has not being on just inculcating the skill of swimming but creating well rounded individuals.
A swimmer goes through the breast stroke routine
A bright future is ahead for the club
The philosophy of the club is to bring children together as a family and also compete and represent the Guyana National team.
The Swim Club uses the Colgrain Swimming Pool, on Camp Street as a training ground for its amateur swimmers while the more seasoned athletes churn out their skills at the National Aquatic Center at Liliendaal.
Coach of the club Paul Mahaica believes that “it is not just about swimming; it’s also finding things for children to do instead of being at home and not doing anything; participating in sports and using sports as a tool for the development of young kids”.
The club currently has five children from Joshua House that they adopt and start training them to swim, hoping that one day they become national swimmers.
Mahaica posits, “We have seen we have taken trouble kids and after they start swimming and getting discipline they find goals and everybody is working towards the Olympics or doing well at a competition”
There are currently fifteen to twenty strong swimmers at the club vying for the top spot but the club house two of Guyana’s bright swimming prospect in Jamila Sanmoogan and Andrew Fowler, both of which Olympic prospects at the upcoming RIO Olympic 2016 in Brazil.
Eighteen-year old Jamila Sanmoogan is currently in Colombia on a three-year scholarship at the University of Sports in Cali, pursuing a degree in Physiotherapy and at the same time being placed under intensive training.
Fowler, who is currently training under Coach Isabel Maria Couso Fals, represented Guyana at the FINA World Championships, which were held in Russia last year.
Even at local inter-clubs meets, and trips to Suriname or Trinidad and Tobago, the club still excels, as the young group is being nurtured, the club and Guyana’s looks threatening in the coming years.
The words of the coach were “we are building our club to be more family oriented where it not only about competitive swimming but socializing, meeting and greeting friends”.