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The Couva Community Swimming Pool launched its weekend and extended opening hours programme today, (Saturday 14th January, 2017). The Honourable Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs delivered remarks at the launch to parents and students of the first set of beginners and intermediate classes held this morning. The Minister was in high praise for the programme citing other the Diego Martin and Cocoyea Community Swimming Pools, both of which offer the public extended hours and access on weekends.

Minister Smith remarked that everything is about the kids and ensuring that they learn to swim. He further indicated that soon parents can also be included in this activity with adult classes. Six pools are currently maintained by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and this pool, he noted in particular was one of the country's oldest with a rich history. The Minister praised the instructors and staff of the Swimming Pool for their hard work, patience and commitment to ensuring that the children and young people of the Community develop as swimmers.

Currently the pool facilitates public recreational swimming as well as beginner, intermediate and advanced Learn to Swim courses for both swimming and lifesaving. Also on hand to witness some of the beginners and intermediate swimmers go through their paces were Mr. Wendell Lai Hing President of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Natasha Barrow Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Deputy Permanent Secretary Ms Denise Arneaud, parents and well-wishers.

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The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs

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