Swim boss wants Mayberry meet best in region
Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) president, Handel Lamey, said it is the new swim administration's vision to make the annual Mayberry Schools Swimming Championships, scheduled for the National Aquatic Centre this weekend, the biggest swim meet in the region.
Speaking at the launch of the 18th staging of the competition at Mayberry Investments Limited on Wednesday, Lamey said the almost two decade-old event continues to be a cornerstone in the development of young Jamaican swimmers.
"This is the longest sponsored school swim meet. This meet has the potential to be bigger and greater and we want to make this meet the biggest in the region. Not only to attract schools from the Corporate area, but islandwide and going forward we want to invite overseas high schools to participate as well," he said.
The meet takes place today and tomorrow with high schools and university competition slated for the opening day, and prep and primary schools to compete on the final day.
More than 60 schools and 600 swimmers are down to participate.
Mayberry's assistant vice- president of marketing, Anika Smith, told the gathering the company is recommitted to swimming 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 productive outlet for them," she said.