Beaubrun Heading for Beijing Pool
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
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
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.
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:
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.