Swalings Success Stories

Having taught thousands of children to swim and play football over the years we are proud to watch the development and growth of our former students and scholarship recipients. There have been many remarkable stories of success from winning gold in the pool to representing the national football team as well as pupils being able to put the skills learnt in our programmes into gainful employment, without forgetting to mention the numerous lives saved from being able to swim.

The following is a small selection of achievements of our former pupils and scholarship recipients.

Cassiano Samuals (Scholarship Recipient)

Cassiano learnt to swim with Swalings as a young boy through the Citizens Welfare Division. During his time learning to swim, Cassiano won a scholarship to the Swalings Football programme where he went on to win a further scholarship to the UK to become a qualified FA football coach, Swimming Instructor and Lifeguard. Having then worked for Swalings as a coach for a number of years Cassiano went on to further his education by training to become a pilot.

Cassiano Samuals
Michael and Mark Ghanem

Michael and Mark Ghanem

Michael and Mark both learnt to swim with Swalings from the age of 3. At the ages of 6 and 4, Michael and Mark went out boating with their family when their boat capsized. The boys were lost at Sea for 17 hours. Amazingly they survived by putting into practice the skills they learnt in their swimming lessons with Swalings. True hero’s!

Chelsea Winter

Chelsea learnt to swim with Swalings as a 3 year old. At the time she was very scared of the water but through practice she became really confident in the water. Having recently moved back to live in the UK Chelsea now represents her club and county at national level and has set many club records. She has also gone on to represent Antigua at international level and holds national records.

Chelsea Winter
Dequan Davis

Dequan Davis (Scholarship Recipient)

Dequan was a teenager when he was awarded a swimming scholarship with Swalings. Having gone through the swimming programme with Swalings Dequan went on to become a helper in the water assisting the teachers to teach other students and then went on to become a full lifeguard and swimming instructor. Dequan is now a senior teacher at Swalings and also helps coach in the football programme as well as running kids camps and working in the Swalings head office.

Deandre Santiago (Scholarship Recipient)

As a young student Deandre showed great potential as a teacher. After his own classes Deandre could be found in the pool teaching his friends and cousins what he had learnt in the previous lesson. After working for Swalings as an instructor whilst still at school Deandre won a scholarship to the USA to continue his education.

Deandre Santiago
Bashiri Joseph

Bashiri Joseph (Scholarship Recipient) 

Bashiri came to learn to swim and play football with Swalings when his sister won a radio competition. During the week of his prize Bashiri’s positive attitude and enthusiasm for learning was exceptional and he was awarded a football scholarship to continue his learning with Swalings. After some difficult moments in his teenage years Bashiri blossomed into becoming a football coach and helped coach the Under 7s and Under 9s in several football tournaments making Swalings very proud of him. Bashiri then gained entry to school in Canada to further his education.

Yannick & Lleyton Martin and Jason & Justin Bento

All 4 boys started to learn to swim and play football with Swalings from 3 years old. Llyeton won the first ever Swalings footballer of the year award. All 4 boys went on to represent Antigua in the swimming pool winning a treasure chest of bronze, silver and gold medals between them. Llyeton also won Antigua’s first Gold medal at the CCCAN and CARIFTA games.

Yannick & Lleyton Martin and Jason & Justin Bento
Noah Mascoll-Gomes

Noah Mascoll-Gomes

Noah along with his brothers and sisters learnt to swim with Swalings as a 5 year old and has since gone on to have huge success in the pool and represented Antigua at the Olympic Games coming 5th in his heat making the whole of Antigua extremely proud.

Deniz Gould & Elijah Emanuel (Scholarship Recipients) and Tariq Williams

Having come through the Swalings Football Scholarship programme Deniz has gone on to represent the Antiguan national team at Under 15 and 17 level and Elijah at Under 17 level.

As a goalkeeper Tariq has represented Antigua at Under 15 and Under 17 level.

Dennis Gould & Elijah Emanuel (Scholarship Recipients) and Tariq Williams
Nicholas Fuller and Zoe Hellier

Nicholas Fuller and Zoe Hellier

Nick learnt to swim with Swalings as a 3 year old as well as being part of the first Swalings Football team. Nick is now a qualified Swimming Instructor and Lifeguard and works as a part time teacher for Swalings whilst continuing his education.

As a 3 year old Zoe was the first pupil to win the Swalings Antigua Swimming Achiever of the year. Now at 15 years of age Zoe is working for Swalings as a helper teaching others to learn to swim and be safe in the water.

Jonathon Coghlan

Jonathon at 3 years old along with his brother Ritchie were Swalings first swimming pupils in Antigua. Jonathon is now in Trinidad studying Marine Transportation and well on his way to becoming a captain.

Jonathon Coghlan
Ricarlo Richards and Errick Joyce

Ricarlo Richards and Errick Joyce (Scholarship Recipients)

Ricarlo was a standout student who was always on time and willing to learn. He spent 3 years in the Swalings Scholarship programme before becoming a swimming instructor and lifeguard and working for Swalings alongside his studying. 

Having been a lifeguard and swimming instructor for Swalings Errick has gone on to become a National Lifeguard.

Malik Mills

Malik put his swimming skills to the test when he went swimming with his Mum. During the swim his Mum got into difficulties in the water and Malik was able to put the lifesaving skills he learnt in class to great affect and get his Mum back to safety. She says he saved her life!

Cassiano Samuals

Cassiano Samuals (Scholarship Recipient)

Cassiano learnt to swim with Swalings as a young boy through the Citizens Welfare Division. During his time learning to swim, Cassiano won a scholarship to the Swalings Football programme where he went on to win a further scholarship to the UK to become a qualified FA football coach, Swimming Instructor and Lifeguard. Having then worked for Swalings as a coach for a number of years Cassiano went on to further his education by training to become a pilot.

Michael and Mark Ghanem

Michael and Mark Ghanem

Michael and Mark both learnt to swim with Swalings from the age of 3. At the ages of 6 and 4, Michael and Mark went out boating with their family when their boat capsized. The boys were lost at Sea for 17 hours. Amazingly they survived by putting into practice the skills they learnt in their swimming lessons with Swalings. True hero’s!

Chelsea Winter

Chelsea Winter

Chelsea learnt to swim with Swalings as a 3 year old. At the time she was very scared of the water but through practice she became really confident in the water. Having recently moved back to live in the UK Chelsea now represents her club and county at national level and has set many club records. She has also gone on to represent Antigua at international level and holds national records.

Dequan Davis

Dequan Davis (Scholarship Recipient)

Dequan was a teenager when he was awarded a swimming scholarship with Swalings. Having gone through the swimming programme with Swalings Dequan went on to become a helper in the water assisting the teachers to teach other students and then went on to become a full lifeguard and swimming instructor. Dequan is now a senior teacher at Swalings and also helps coach in the football programme as well as running kids camps and working in the Swalings head office.

Deandre Santiago

Deandre Santiago (Scholarship Recipient)

As a young student Deandre showed great potential as a teacher. After his own classes Deandre could be found in the pool teaching his friends and cousins what he had learnt in the previous lesson. After working for Swalings as an instructor whilst still at school Deandre won a scholarship to the USA to continue his education.

Bashiri Joseph

Bashiri Joseph (Scholarship Recipient) 

Bashiri came to learn to swim and play football with Swalings when his sister won a radio competition. During the week of his prize Bashiri’s positive attitude and enthusiasm for learning was exceptional and he was awarded a football scholarship to continue his learning with Swalings. After some difficult moments in his teenage years Bashiri blossomed into becoming a football coach and helped coach the Under 7s and Under 9s in several football tournaments making Swalings very proud of him. Bashiri then gained entry to school in Canada to further his education.

Yannick & Lleyton Martin and Jason & Justin Bento

Yannick & Lleyton Martin and Jason & Justin Bento

All 4 boys started to learn to swim and play football with Swalings from 3 years old. Llyeton won the first ever Swalings footballer of the year award. All 4 boys went on to represent Antigua in the swimming pool winning a treasure chest of bronze, silver and gold medals between them. Llyeton also won Antigua’s first Gold medal at the CCCAN and CARIFTA games.

Noah Mascoll-Gomes

Noah Mascoll-Gomes

Noah along with his brothers and sisters learnt to swim with Swalings as a 5 year old and has since gone on to have huge success in the pool and represented Antigua at the Olympic Games coming 5th in his heat making the whole of Antigua extremely proud.

Dennis Gould & Elijah Emanuel (Scholarship Recipients) and Tariq Williams

Deniz Gould & Elijah Emanuel (Scholarship Recipients) and Tariq Williams

Having come through the Swalings Football Scholarship programme Deniz has gone on to represent the Antiguan national team at Under 15 and 17 level and Elijah at Under 17 level.

As a goalkeeper Tariq has represented Antigua at Under 15 and Under 17 level.

Nicholas Fuller and Zoe Hellier

Nicholas Fuller and Zoe Hellier

Nick learnt to swim with Swalings as a 3 year old as well as being part of the first Swalings Football team. Nick is now a qualified Swimming Instructor and Lifeguard and works as a part time teacher for Swalings whilst continuing his education.

As a 3 year old Zoe was the first pupil to win the Swalings Antigua Swimming Achiever of the year. Now at 15 years of age Zoe is working for Swalings as a helper teaching others to learn to swim and be safe in the water.

Jonathon Coghlan

Jonathon Coghlan

Jonathon at 3 years old along with his brother Ritchie were Swalings first swimming pupils in Antigua. Jonathon is now in Trinidad studying Marine Transportation and well on his way to becoming a captain.

Ricarlo Richards and Errick Joyce

Ricarlo Richards and Errick Joyce (Scholarship Recipients)

Ricarlo was a standout student who was always on time and willing to learn. He spent 3 years in the Swalings Scholarship programme before becoming a swimming instructor and lifeguard and working for Swalings alongside his studying. 

Having been a lifeguard and swimming instructor for Swalings Errick has gone on to become a National Lifeguard.

Malik Mills

Malik put his swimming skills to the test when he went swimming with his Mum. During the swim his Mum got into difficulties in the water and Malik was able to put the lifesaving skills he learnt in class to great affect and get his Mum back to safety. She says he saved her life!