Nevis St Kitts Cross Channel Swim
The Nevis St Kitts cross channel swim to St Kitts is a must do challenge for any open water swimmer
Information supplied by Winston Crook – Bike Nevis
Nevis St Kitts Cross Channel Swim – 25 March 2018 – Save the date
The Nevis St Kitts Cross Channel Swim has become one of the ‘must do’ open water swim events in the Caribbean region. The distance between the islands is 2.5 miles and the water is crystal clear and warm. The ages of participants range from as young as 8 years old upwards. The event has partnered with the St Kitts Turtle Conservation group now for the third year.
There are a couple of beach-to-beach training swims on the 23rd and 24th March 2018 prior to the Nevis St Kitts Cross Channel Swim. One is from Oualie Beach to Yatchman’s Grill Restaurant – the swim hugs Pinney’s Beach where you could catch sight of a sea turtle. The second is from Oualie Beach to Sunshine’s Beach Bar – this longer swim is just about the complete length of Pinney’s Beach and terminates at a beach bar famous for its ‘Killer Bee’ rum punch.
We hope you will find the 2017 write-up below of interest – this was done for ESPN about Special Olympics at the Cross Channel Swim – and we also hope that the write-up will whet your appetite so that you’ll join the Nevis St Kitts Cross Channel Swim in 2018. In the hope that it does, go to the Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim website.
Read the ESPN Special Olympics St Kitts & Nevis write up below…
ESPN – Special Olympics St Kitts & Nevis
16th Annual Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim, March 26, 2017
The first ever Open Water unified crossing, with a four-person relay team and each athlete swimming one kilometre.
Celebrities partnering with Special Olympic athletes
Karlyn Pipes has broken FINA Masters world records in all four strokes, the medley and in every distance; won three national titles and set an NCAA DIVII record in 200 backstroke. Inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame and author of The Do Over.
Keri-Anne Payne – Three-time Olympian and twice crowned World Champion in 10km Open Water Swimming. In 2008, picked up silver at the Beijing Olympic Games in the 10km Open Water Event.
David Carry – In 2006, won two gold medals in 400-metre freestyle and 400-metre individual medley. Competed for Great Britain in freestyle and freestyle relay events in Beijing’s 2008 Summer Olympics. In London’s 2012 Summer Olympics, swam in the 400-metre freestyle and 4×200-metre freestyle relay.
Ashley Whitney bagged a gold medal for the US in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta in preliminary heats of the women’s 4×200-metere freestyle relay.
Special Olympics St Kitts & Nevis athletes
Already a swimmer not afraid of a deep-water pool, 20-year-old Roger Crawford – a track star with three golds from the 2015 Special Olympics – panicked when he first spotted sea creatures and realised how far he’d have to swim. Determined to be first, however, Roger’s refined his stroke and his coach believes he’ll want to do the entire Cross Channel Swim soon. His day job is at St Kitts Breweries.
Lemmy Hobson, 31, enjoys the butterfly stroke and represented St Kitts & Nevis in the 2015 World Games. Lemmy took part in the 2010 Latin American Games as assistant football coach. He’s worked as a cleaner at St Kitts’ Ross University for more than a decade. He enjoys surfing the net and likes to find his co-workers online bargains. Good-natured and outgoing, it’s rumoured that Lemmy attracts all the girls.
Cold, wind, waves and murky seas do not deter 32-year-old Robert Liddi who’s overcome an initial reluctance to long distance swimming. He’s also become more comfortable with his teammates and transformed from shy guy to the one who cracks the best jokes. Robert’s coach says she’s so proud of him, adding that she doesn’t think he’s aware of how much he’s achieved. Robert’s employer is Ram’s supermarket on Nevis.
Joey Mason, 31, is an old hand, having represented the Federation in swimming at the 2010 Latin American Games in Puerto Rico, and the World Games in Ireland (2003) and Los Angeles (2015). His coach says his dive entry was a bit too close to the edge, but he’s tightened it up. Joey’s worked at Lutron Liamigua on St Kitts for more than five years. And if he decides to pack in sport, he’s a terrific singer who really knows how to rock and roll.
A custodian at Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School on St Kitts, 37-year-old Ashton Mills has perfected both stroke and distance. Somewhat reticent when first confronted with The Narrows between St Kitts and Nevis, Ashton’s taken to the high seas. Having played his part in the Los Angeles World Games in 2015, he’s very diligent about his work and participation in the Special Olympics.
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