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Mayberry meet promises exciting weekend of swimming

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fresh from their outstanding performances at the recently concluded 33rd Carifta Swimming Championships, a number of Jamaica's top age-group swimmers will be joined by their prep/primary and tertiary counterparts in providing another enticing weekend of swimming at the 20th Mayberry Investments Limited All i sland Swim Meet.

The two-day meet will get under way tomorrow with the high school and tertiary institutions bowing in action, and the preparatory and primary schools diving into action on Saturday at the National Aquatic Centre.

A symbolic $500,000 cheque — which represents a $100,000 increase by the title sponsors —was presented to the Aquatic Sporting Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) at yesterday's launch, as Mayberry Investments Limited affirmed their commitment to the highly anticipated meet.

The meet, which has been the foundation for many of the top Jamaican swimmers, including Olympian and world record holder Alia Atkinson, is once again expected to attract a number of the country's rising stars.

With over 1,100 swimmers expected to flock the National Aquatic Centre over the two days of competition, the Mayberry Investments Limited All Island Swim Meet continues to make a splash as the largest swimming competition in Jamaica.

Following their successful campaign at the recently concluded Carifta Swim Championships, a number of in-form swimmers such as Britney Williams, Naomi Eaton, Sabrina Lyn, Karci Gibson and Zaneta Alvaranga will be among those from 33 high schools and tertiary institutions.

Immaculate Conception and Wolmer's Boys' will start as favourites to defend their respective girls' and boys' titles, while Stella Maris are firm favourites for the preparatory category, with Windward Road Primary also out to retain their top honours.

Philbert Perry, senior vice-president of sales and marketing, believes his firm's long-term sponsorship of the meet, which started in 1999, confirms their commitment to the development of aquatics in Jamaica.

“Here at Mayberry we value any role we can play in the development of our communities and especially our young people. We recognise that sports provide a very productive outlet for them and for this reason we do what we can do to support this initiative,” he said.

Meanwhile, ASAJ president Martin Lyn welcomed the sponsorship package, which will see Lasco Distributors Limited and Financial Services, Main Event Entertainment Limited and IronRock Insurance Company joining the party.

— Sherdon Cowan