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Grenada's Swimmers Need a Pool

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Swimming in Grenada is limited to a 25yd pool at Good Hope, St. Paul’s. There are presently significant difficulties for competitive swimmers and school children as the current 25ft, 4 lane pool cannot adequately serve the needs of the islands swimmers. The powers that be need to act as these facilities are hurting the progress of young swimmers. In spite of this team Grenada has seen some success at the regional level but better performances can be had if better facilities are acquired.

These key constraints can be summarised as follows:

The present facilities cannot accommodate the demand and places restrictions on swimming clubs in accessing more, and more convenient, pool time.

Four swim clubs train at this facility, which houses just 1 toilet and 2 external showers. There are no locker rooms or changing facilities.

The existing facilities are not designed well or with the needs of swimming teaching and training in mind.

There are no adequate spectator amenities to host competitive swimming in the Grenada as the current spectator stands are decaying and falling apart and are in urgent need of attention.

As a result of the above Grenada is unable to attract regional or foreign swimmers to local meets as the facilities are too limiting.

There are no parking facilities and current swim practise and local meets are very disruptive to surrounding residents.

Important points of consideration:

1. A 50 metre Olympic sized pool should be seriously considered as this would attract international swimmers to Grenada, which would in turn generate income in the form of hotel and gust house stays.

2. A pool this size will enable Grenada to host regional / international competitions like the OECS Swimming championships, Carifta, CCCAN and CISC.

Swimming is a sport that requires year round intensive training in order to have any possibility of success, and we as an island owe it to this generation to provide a pool to facilitate their development.

Let's join the movement to petition the state of the current facilities and urge our leaders to provide adequate training facilities for our nation's swimmers.

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