NGHS Wins Gold at Goodwill and Conquers at CARIFTA


At Naparima Girls’ High School, success is not just a word in the dictionary but a way of life.

We are not only renowned for our academic prowess but our excellence in the sporting arena.

Three shining examples of this success are Serayah Jamadar, Samara Wilson and Aliyah Noel

who had the honour of being selected for National Swim Teams. These teams proudly

represented our twin island nation in international and regional swimming competitions.

Serayah Jamadar and Samara Wilson were two of the 40 swimmers on Trinidad and Tobago’s

National Federation at the XXII Goodwill Swim Meet held on the 19th to the 21st August, 2016.

The exciting competition occurred at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre, Rodney Bay in St.

Lucia. Jamadar, who credits “hard work, dedication and a passion for swimming” for her

success, copped 3 gold medals in the Girls 15-17 age division of the 4 x 100 medley relay, 4 x

100 freestyle relay and the 4 x 50 freestyle relay. Wilson also performed remarkably, winning 3

gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in the Girls 13-14 category. She dominated in the 4 x 100

medley relay, 4 x 100 individual medley and 4 x 50 freestyle relay. In the 100m and 50m

breaststroke, she acquired silver medals while she took bronze in the 50m butterfly. These stellar

results contributed greatly to team Trinidad and Tobago’s combined total of 131 medals,

allowing them to attain the most points and win the meet overall.

Additionally, Aliyah Noel competed in the XXXI CARIFTA Swimming Championships held on

the 22nd to the 26th March, 2016 as part of Trinidad and Tobago’s 36 member contingent. The

event which she described as an “exciting, eye-opening experience” transpired at the Community

Aquatic Complex of CACEM located in Fort-de-France, Martinique in the territory of Lamentin.

Noel competed in the Girls 15-17 category of the 100m breaststroke, 400m medley, 400m

freestyle relay and 50m breaststroke, placing 10th, 5th, 6th and 7th respectively.

Such remarkable results prompt the average individual to wonder how we can achieve such

greatness. Jamadar advises us to “work hard and stick with it”, Wilson encourages us to “never

give up” and Noel proposes that we “use disappointment as a driving force for success”. We hold

these wise words close to our hearts as we commend them for their accomplishments.



T&T National Swim Team, Coaches and Administration who attended the 2016 Goodwill Swim Meet


Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre where 2016 Goodwill Swim Meet was Held


Trophy won by Trinidad and Tobago National Swim Team at 2016 Goodwill Swim Meet

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