Fifteen-year-old Sebastian Gobinet repeated his performance from last year at the 1.77 mile 14th Annual Shark Bait Swim in a time of 39 minutes and 30 seconds (39.30) to once again claim the top overall prize in yesterday’s event for the third time.
Gorbinet was followed by second-place overall winner Keon Emmanuel (42.00) and in third by Brandon Derrick (42.09).
Other winners by category are as follows: Olivia Jurgenson (Under-8 female, and youngest swimmer), Madison McMillan (U10 female), Ethan Stubbs-Green (U10 male), Angelique Gittens (U12 female), Keon Emmanuel (U12 male), Abigail Hodge (U14 female), Luke Pollen-Brooks (U14 male), Olivia Fuller (U18 female), Sebastian Gorbinet (U18 male), Karin Clashing (18-45 female), Charlie Morgan (18-45 male), Elizabeth Bruce (over 45 female), and Nigel Hammond (over 45 male).
The oldest swimmer in the race went to long-distance swimmer Peter Wall. Wall along with ironman Wayne Henry and 16-year-old Vernon Osborne all swam the 3k course both ways with Osborne beating most of the participants who swam just 3 kilometers.
The event featured outstanding participation from 110 swimmers, including members of 8 swim clubs on the island, as well as homeowners and guests of Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort.
“The day went really well,” said Event coordinator David Stubbs, when asked to give a review on the day’s event.
“We thought there was gonna be a bit of wind, but it all went really well. We had a 110 participants and everybody finished.”
Every year, the Jumby Bay Fund seeks to raise donations from its members for various philanthropic organizations and community projects in Antigua and Barbuda. Previous years’ donations have been made to the Sunshine Home for girls; the CARE Project; Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital; ABSAR; Fiennes Institute; Uprising Boxing Gym; the St. John’s Hospice; and the Good Shephard home.
The fund has able to raise ECD 1.2 million to date since the swim’s inception in 2004. This year, the fund’s event proceeds will go towards Mount St. John Medical Centre, the CARE Project and the Sailing Academy’s disability program.
When asked why the Jumby Bay home owners get involved every year Stubbs said that, “they like to do something for the community and they want to something for sports… and it’s link between Jumby Bay and the mainland.”