MARIGOT: Barbados hosted the Carifta Games (Caribbean Games) from April 16 to 20. Eighteen federations and 257 Caribbean swimmers were present, including the St. Maarten delegation, which distinguished itself thanks to Joey Schvartz Arnaud, gold medalist in the 11-12 age group!
The island of Saint-Martin represented by Sacha Gibbs, Matias Piazza, Joey Schvartz Arnaud and Saphir Thomas was present for the first time at the Carifta Games, the swimmers being previously attached to the Dutch delegation of Sint Maarten and Guadeloupe.
These four swimmers all come from the Carib Swim Team structure where they were trained from a very young age.
For its very first participation and with only 4 swimmers, Sint Maarten shined by its results, as the smallest nation where it finished 13th out of 18.
Joey Schvartz Arnaud distinguished himself with a title of Caribbean Champion in the 11-12 years old age group thanks to his 4 gold medals (200 NL, 400 NL, 200 medley, 400 medley) and his silver medal in the 200 breaststroke.
He qualified in all finals of his races and also won the Cayman Islands special award in honor of Landon Von Kanel, who also won the 200m and 400 crawl in 1996.
Thanks to his performance, Joey has qualified for the next French Championships which will be held in Pau in July. For his part, Matias Piazza had a magnificent race in open water where he won the bronze medal for the 5 km in 1h08.37. In swimming he finished 4th in the 200 4N and realized several 5th and 7th places during the finals where he was qualified.
Finally, Saphir Thomas and Sacha Gibbs had to battle against older competitors this year which did not make it easy for them. Sacha had a great competition in the very competitive 15+ category, Saphir qualified for several finals and finished 5th in the 50 backstroke despite his young age.
The team would like to thank the Collectivité de St-Martin, the prefecture of St. martin / St. Barths, Super U, the lolo of Grand Case “Au Coin des Amis” and all the people who made this beautiful adventure possible.