The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs launched the opening of its Cocoyea Community Swimming Pool on weekends. The pool will be opened to the public on Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Sport and Youth Affairs Minister, the Honourable Darryl Smith, together with Housing and Urban Development Minister and MP for San Fernando East, the Honourable Randall Mitchell, Vice President of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT), Frans Huggins, PNM Candidate for Mon Repos/Navet, Patricia Victor Wilson, PNM Candidate for Cocoyea/Toruba, Terresa Lynch and other Ministry officials were present to launch this initiative to the Cocoyea community.
Minister Smith said that it has been approximately ten (10) years since the pool has been in existence in the Cocoyea Community. Now the community can come and learn to swim on weekends. Minister Smith indicated that we need to collectively do the little things that make big differences starting in our communities. He also said that our greatest resource is our young people and we need to invest in them. Minister Smith encouraged clubs to use the pool which will enable talent identification.
Housing and Urban Development Minister and MP for San Fernando East, the Honourable Randall Mitchel, said that the weekend opening hours would not only encourage weekend recreational swim but also foster socialization within the community. He also indicated that the pool is a part of a larger facility and he planned to commission the lights on the field so that the community can use the field after 6:00pm. He also thanked the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs for this initiative and reiterated the benefits it will bring to the community.
Vice President of the ASATT, Frans Huggins, praised the initiative and mentioned that it is a step in the right direction as talent can be identified and, in the future, we can have representation on the world stage for different areas of swimming for Trinidad and Tobago.
PNM Candidate for Mon Repos/Navet, Patricia Victor Wilson and PNM Candidate for Cocoyea/Toruba, Terresa Lynch, were very excited about the weekend opening hours and expressed that the community has long awaited this and will make maximum use of the pool.
The Pool is located at St. Andrews Park West, Cocoyea Village, San Fernando and provides: Learn to Swim courses with beginner, intermediate and advanced classes; lifesaving; recreational swimming; and water aerobics.
The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs maintains five other swimming pools located in Diego Martin, Sangre Grande, La Horquetta, Couva and Siparia. The Diego Martin Pool was the first to be opened to the public four months ago and plans are being worked on to open the other pools on weekends.
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