Western Bureau:Jamaica has produced several good swimmers over the years, and it would appear that the production line is again being revved up to throw up another potential star in 11-year-old Rin Giles from Mt Alvernia Prep School.The swimming sensation has been creating waves in the pool with a total of 16 medals won in the 2014-15 season, including two records, the first coming at the Mayberry Investments Prep/Primary School Swim Meet in April.There, Giles smashed the 50m backstroke record, posting a fresh time of 37.25 seconds in the 11-12 age-group section. It was his best time in the event. That record would fall, however, as he finished strong to take gold at the NestlÈ Jamaica Limited Prep/Primary School Swim Championship.His 36.75 seconds demo-lished the record he set at the Mayberry meet and helped to catapult him into the hearts and minds of those who witnessed the feat.His personal coach, Joshua Bailey of the Blue Marlin Swim Club, out of Montego Bay, thinks he has a good chance of making the 2016 Carifta team.”He has so much potential and he really is a strong swimmer. His records and overall performances tell the story that he is one to watch out for,” said Bailey.”Carifta is not a dream anymore for Giles. He clearly has the potential to do well and, if he continues doing so, then he could be in line if the qualification times are met,” added Bailey.amazing supportGiles helped his school to a 13th-place finish at the Amateur Swimming Associa-tion of Jamaica (ASAJ) swim meet back in November of last year, taking gold in the 50m backstroke, and returned to again land gold in the 50m butterfly. He grabbed silver in the 50m breaststroke and 200 IM (individual medley).He backed up that performance with his record swim at Mayberry meet and has not looked back since, posting wins also at the Burger King/YMCA Prep/Primary School Swim Challenge, where he helped Mt Alvernia to a fourth-place finish in May, taking the gold in the 50m freestyle and backstroke, before settling for silver in the 50m breaststroke and backstroke.”As a young swimmer, he will need the support of his parents, and we at Blue Marlin are very happy that he has been getting that. His mother gives amazing support and he relishes that, plus, we make sure that he remains focused in academics as well as in the pool,” the club’s head coach, Rosemarie Logan, said.
Residents of one of the Sime Darby Community, one of the most densely populated communities within Bomi County, on Saturday, February 22, petitioned Ambassador Neh Dukuly Tolbert to contest the upcoming special senatorial election.The citizens, in their petition, said: “Residents of Bomi county have unanimously agreed to petition you as the choice of the people that will bring the expectation of Bomi citizens to fruition.”Their expectations include good schools for their children, water and sanitation, medical facilities and agricultural programs across the four political districts of the county.They described her as the “political light of Bomi County.”According to the citizens, the career of Ambassador Tolbert has blazed a historic and stellar path for the county in the most difficult moments. They added: “It is now time that the international stage can produce direct benefits for the people and country she loves and where like her distinguished ancestors, she will make contribution.”They expressed the hope that Ambassador Tolbert would reconstruct, prioritize development needs, and create business opportunities, things they said her father— Former Secretary of State Momolu Dukuly—did for their county.According to the citizens of Bomi County, it was time to change the political playing field of the county. They envisioned that under her senatorial leadership, Bomi will become a county of paved roads, many schools and vibrant human capacity.The citizens, who gathered at the Sime Darby Central High School to petition the Ambassador, said it was time to demonstrate a true ideas of dedication of democracy for which the county can have a genuine representation at the level of the senate.Responding, Ambassador Neh Dukuly Tolbert expressed gratitude to the people of the county for their position and promised to work collectively to ensure that the hopes and dreams of the people are achieved.The Special Senatorial election is scheduled for October 14, 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)