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Friday, February 16, 2018

Beautiful Awards From Nevis To St. Kitts

Courtesy of Nevis to St. Kitts Cross-Channel Swim, Caribbean Sea.

The sea turtle awards for the Nevis to St. Kitts Cross-Channel Swim or the Bente Weber Memorial Swim, a 2.5-mile (4 km) inter-island Caribbean Sea swim across the Narrows from Nevis to St. Kitts, are unusual and beautiful.

2017 Top 10 Results:
1. Ashley Whitney (36) 55:28
2. Gregory White (49) 55:49
3. Keri-Anne Payne (29) 56:17
4. Kevin Pollman (36) 57:16
5. Rick Schumacher (53) 59:29
6. Diego López (35) 1:00:33
7. Erik Spit (30) 1:01:56
8. Tom Gean (54) 1:02:23
9. Eney Jones (56) 1:02:49
10. John Massiah (35) 1:05:34

The memorial swim is a tribute to the legacy of Bente Weber.

Winston Crooke, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Triathlon, explains who the wonderful, selfless person Bente was and namesake of the race for the 17th time. "Bente and Gerd Weber, who both had a huge impact on the development of our young Cycle and Triathlon Club in Nevis, started visiting Nevis for their winters. Gerd was a competitive masters swimmer and taught us all how to swim properly and better, myself included. Meanwhile, Bente took over most of our club administration and timed our events.

They were visitors to Nevis over a period of 5 years staying here for 4 months a year. Under their guidance, we were able to make the transfer to become fully fledged triathletes and our swimming improved immensely. Unfortunately we lost Bente to cancer so I decided to host an event in her memory each year. It started as just a group of friends and visitors and has grown each year since. We still miss her energy, enthusiasm and overall good-naturedness

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