Tahiti and Northern Marianas Announce 2015 Pacific Games Roster…….The Tahitian Swimming Federation has released its lineup for the 2015 Pacific Games scheduled to take place in July in Papua, New Guinea. The 10-member roster includes Mehani Bernadino, Alizée Diaz, Anthony Clark, Rahiti De Vos, Stéphane Debaere, Teiki Dupont, Hugo Lambert, Henere Sommers, Rainui Teriipaia and Nicolas Vermorel. The Northern Marianas federation will be sending 3 swimmers: Victoria Chentsova, Angel De Jesus and Takumi Sugie. The Pacific Games are held every four years, with the 2011 edition having been held on the island of New Caledonia. As of May, the tickets for the swimming events at this year’s edition in New Guinea have already sold out.
Bluegrass Marlins Raising Money in Maddie Jackson’s Name…….The Lexington, KY-based swim club, Bluegrass Marlins Swim Team, lost a special team member earlier this year when high school senior Maddie Jackson died in a three-car collision. In addition to renaming the team’s training facility to the “Maddie Jackson Aquatic Center”, the team has also been raising money for building upgrades and towards helping people of all ages to learn how to swim. According to wkyt.com, the Bluegrass Marlins Swim Club has raised approximately $13,000 thus far, with every dollar raised (up to $25,000) being matched by an anonymous donor. Bluegrass Marlins head coach Roger Kehrt commented about Maddie that, “She was always thinking about how she was representing her teammates, her family, and the example she was setting for others. That was important to her, and we want to carry on that legacy and see if we can touch as many people in the way that she touched us.”
Olympians Help Open UK’s Radcliffe Center…….Several Olympians from around the United Kingdom are scheduled to help open a new swimming facility located in Manchester, England later this month. Olympic swimmers Steve Parry, Mark Foster, James Goddard and Jo Jackson will be accompanied by synchronized swimmers Vickie Lucas and Yvette Baker at a ceremony to open the new Radcliffe Leisure Center, a temporary swimming pool facility born out of a collaboration between the Bury Council (the local government council) and “Total Swimming”. Olympic water polo team members Rosie Morris and Fiona McCann will also be on-hand for the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on June 19th, a day before the center is open to the community. Of the £1 million facility’s opening, Olympic bronze medallist Steve Parry, co-founder of Total Swimming, told The Bolton News, “The construction of a new temporary pool for Radcliffe is an important development for the local area and ensures that the community has continued access to first-class swimming facilities.” The new pool is the UK’s first 25-metre demountable above-ground swimming pool and can accommodate up to 80 people.