The SKN Swimming Federation is a non profit organization affiliated with FINA, UANA and CCCAN. Our mission is to promote and generate interest in grass roots level swimming instruction and the development of swimming both as a sport and as an activity for all.
The federation has grand plans to one day have swimming pools on both of our islands and educate and train the youth in particular but anyone who does not currently have the ability to swim.
The SKNSF recently held the official launch of their FINA funded OASP program for the development of swimming here in SKN. We heralded the construction of a 25m floating swimming pool, the very first international distance facility in our twin-Island federation, this will provide the first opportunity for our fledgling swimmers to be timed over the correct distance. Moving forward this will be used for the continued progress of our youngsters, enabling them to learn flip turns and eventually diving platform starts. On hand to cut the ribbon were the Sport Ministers of both islands Mr. Eric Evelyn (Nevis) and Mr. Jonel Powell (St Kitts) who have both been very supportive and enthusiastic towards the future of this new sporting discipline.
The ‘GIFTING GOGGLES’ initiative was launched at the beginning of 2020, with the sole purpose of assisting in the development of youth swimming. The program asks of hotel guests who plan to swim whilst on vacation, and swim event participants, to donate their used goggles to our youth. We also encourage anyone who so wishes, to collect or purchase childrens swim goggles and drop them off with us, either in St kitts or or Nevis
To provide a foundation and resource for the development of the sport and activity of swimming in our sister island federation. We provide comprehensive Support and information for all Swimming clubs and associations in the Federation. Your success is our priority. To support our inclusive community, we provide a personal approach, tailoring learning methods to each student's needs.
Through our affiliation with FINA the world governing body for swimming, we have been able to host 3 instructor/coaching clinics over the past few years and we have plans for more in 2020. We remain cognizant of the fact that grass roots swimming is instructor/coach driven, and we are doing our best to encourage and support all of the existing programs and any new ones that arise.
WE have to honor and recognize the efforts of our current National swimming champion Jennifer Harding-Marlin, Jennifer is the first swimmer to represent SKN at a World Championships, this was in Gwanju South Korea in September 2019, where she competed in the 50m Backstroke and the 100m Freestyle, setting National records in both. She also
WE have to honor and recognize the efforts of our current National swimming champion Jennifer Harding-Marlin, Jennifer is the first swimmer to represent SKN at a World Championships, this was in Gwanju South Korea in September 2019, where she competed in the 50m Backstroke and the 100m Freestyle, setting National records in both. She also went on to win 4 medals at the OECS short course championships held in St Vincent & The Grenadines in November 2019. Along with procuring SKN's first pool swimming medals Jennifer also set 11 new National records!!!
N.B:- Jennifer's attendance at the World Games qualified our emerging swim nation to gain financial assistance from FINA, monies that have gone towards the construction of SKN's very first dedicated swimming facility, which will be an in-water 25m training pool that will be located at Oualie Beach on Nevis.
In February 2020 Jennifer attended her (and our) first international Olympic Games qualifying meet in Kingston, Jamaica, where she won 5 medals and 11 new national records as she improved her times in each discipline.
Sadly, with Covid 19 shutting down the world Jennifer was a casualty as she was hard in training, with other events planned to attempt to qualify SKN for the Olympic Games in Japan.
Thank you Jennifer from all of us, your efforts on our behalf are greatly appreciated.