Your Premier Jamaican Sports Portal
Pool At CTC In Operation Again - Swimming Facility To Fill Void In Mandeville
Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer
Swimming in Mandeville got a big boost with the reopening of the Church Teachers' College (CTC) pool, which had been out of service for nearly two decades.
It was a time of great jubilation as the re-dedication ceremony took place at the institution on Friday. The project, which cost over one million dollars, was spearheaded by the CTC Projects and Research team led by its president, Samantha Radway Morrison. The CTC Early Childhood Demonstration School also played a key role through its Principal, Ruth-Ann Smikle.
Radway Morrison was elated with the reopening of the pool.
"Even before I was in office it was something I had in mind as a student from 1994," she said.
"It was one of the projects I started off with when I entered office in January because I saw the need for such a facility in Mandeville. It not only will serve the wider community, but will also enhance our (CTC) own curriculum, since we train students as physical education teachers," she added.
Ferdinand Boyd, a retired physical education lecturer at the college who worked at CTC for 32 years, was also pleased with the reopening of the pool.
"Swimming is a life skill. When I came here, I taught swimming from 1981 up to the time when the pool was closed," Boyd said. "We taught many members from the communities around Mandeville to swim. There are people who started here and went on to swim for Jamaica, including David Love and Gregory Bennett, who was an assistant instructor here."
Boyd added: "In the early days it was the only pool in Mandeville, and people used to come on Saturdays and learn to swim. Manchester High School students used to come here to swim also, so it is a pool that served the community in a great way."
Garth Anderson, principal of CTC was thankful.
"I am very appreciative of the Projects and Research Office which is headed by a past student," Anderson said. "A number of past students here in Jamaica and overseas gave their support. The pool has been a very important part of the life of the college and a link to several communities around. We hope that that link will be strengthened now that it is in operation."
Ishmedo Wolfe from Swim Jamaica told the people gathered how important it was to learn to swim.
Wolfe said that swimming "is a means of protecting lives; it is fun, great for exercise and also a great sport."
He explained that swimming can also be a career, making specific reference to swimming instructors and lifeguards.