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Danielle Beaubrun Heading for Beijing Pool

National Swimmer Danielle Beaubrun now attending the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida will be St.Lucia’s fourth representative at the 29th Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, from Friday 8th – Sunday 24th August 2008, now only 18 years old she is the youngest on the St.Lucia team and will join triple Olympian Dominic Johnson (Pole Vault), 2007 Senior Sports woman and Olympic Medal hopeful high jumper Levern Spencer and javelin thrower Erma Gene Evans.
Though she did not qualify, but based on an invitation received by the St.Lucia Amateur Swimming Association and according to the rules of the governing body FINA ( Federation Internationale de Nation) any country who does not have any natural qualifiers for the Olympic Games they are invited to send two swimmers. The criterion for an invitation is that the invited athlete had to have participated in the 2007 World Championships in Sydney, Australia.
Young Danielle Beaubrun swimming career started at the age of 5 years doing the learn-to-swim classes with the Sea Jays Swim Club. As her swimming progressed, she began swimming competitively with the Sea Jays Club and coached by her mother Karen Beaubrun.
Six years later and having swum for St. Lucia at the OECS swimming Championships and traveled to meets in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, she then began training with Cuban Coach Claribel Blanco with the Rodney Heights Swim Club from March 2002 to Dec 2004.
At that point her training was taken over by Brazilian Cesar Bolzan also of the RHAC Club. From 2001, her ability at the breaststroke began to emerge and she burst on the local and regional scene breaking multiple records in St.Lucia and overseas. Her strength in the pool has her now setting National Records and age group records in the freestyle events.

From 2006 she has competed in Florida with the Bolles School under Coach Sergio Lopez. St. Lucia National Records: Seven (50, 100, 200 metres breaststroke long course and short course and the 50 metres freestyle).St Lucia National Age Group Records: Seventeen.
In 2006 Beaubrun represented St.Lucia at the Commonwealth Games – Semifinalist in the 100 meters breaststroke. Pan American Games 2007 Danielle was the only St. Lucian swimmer to make qualifying times for the Pan Am Games in 2007. She made it into the semi-finals and set a new St. Lucia National Record in the 100 metres breast. Qualifier in 100 and 200 meters breastroke and CAC Games 2006
4th Place 50 metres breaststroke
Central American and Caribbean Championships (CCCAN), Silver medal 50 meter breaststroke 2005 in Santo Domingo, Bronze medal 50 meter breaststroke 2003 in Mexico City. Caribbean Island Swimming Championships (CISC) Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the 200, 100 and 50 metres breaststroke respectively in 2004 in Jamaica (first gold ever for St Lucia), Silver 2006 in 100 metres breaststroke.
Carifta Swimming Championships:- 2003:- 1 Silver , 2004:- 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2005:-:- 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2006:- 1 Gold 1 Silver 2008:- 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze. During that period Daniel was voted Junior Sportswoman of the year 2003 and Swimming Senior Sportswoman of the year 2004 -2007.
Danielle continue to blossom at regional and International events as her achievements suggest :- Barbados National Record (all comers) in 50 meters breastroke (previous), Holder 50 metres breastroke record 13-14 Barbados interclub championships, Holder Trinidad National Record (all comers) in the 50metres breaststroke (previous), LBHS Patriot Invitational Meet (Florida),Silver Medal in the 100 metres breastroke in 2007, Second fastest 50 metres breaststroke in Florida State Championships (Medley relay), Finalist 100 meters breastroke Florida State High School Championships 2006 and 2007.
Danielle is currently in the Philippines undergoing pre Olympic Games training under her Bolles Coach Sergio Lopez who has four other Olympians training.